Admissions

Visit us 
 
If you are interested in your child joining the school, please contact Mrs Gale by emailing admin@olota.uk or phoning 01803 613095 to discuss what we have to offer and to arrange a visit.  
 
Once you decide you would like a place you must make a formal application.
 
How to apply 
 
Most children join our school at the normal round, the main intake into school from the start of September in Reception.  As a parent, you can apply for a place to the Local Authority.  There are different options for parents of children starting school in Reception. This includes part-time education and deferring or delaying admission until later in the Reception year or, for children with birthdays in the summer term, to the following September.  Come and talk to us if you are considering this.  Do come and talk with us if you are interested in a place in a different year group for any reason.  
 
For questions about your child joining the school or the admissions process in general, please do not hesitate to contact the school direct or contact Plymouth CAST by email to Rose Colpus-Fricker (Chief Operating Officer) admin@plymouthcast.org.uk
 
If you are interested in your child joining the school in-year (once the academic year has started), you can apply for a place through the relevant Local Authority.  The Local Authority requests that parents apply online. Please ensure you follow the process outlined in the TIPs booklet. The deadline for applications for entry in September 2023 will be in January 2023. National Allocation Day is in April 2023 with parents required to accept places by early May - the date will be on the offer letter. 
 
Parents applying for school places throughout the school year - in year transfers - also have to apply through the Local Authority who will contact the school to find out if there are places available. 
 
 
 
There is a right of appeal and to a place on a waiting list for places where an application is refused.  
 
 
Admission Arrangements 
 
 
Plymouth CAST is the admissions authority for our school. It has responsibility for the admissions policies and decisions on applications for admission. We have an admissions policy for each academic year, and they will be published on this page when they are proposed for consultation and after they have been determined annually. They are written to comply with the School Admissions Code 2021 and School Admissions Appeals Code 2022.    
 
Our Admissions Policies 
 
You can find our admissions policies below - we review the school policy annually and may make changes if we feel this would be in the best interests of the school and our community. Each academic year has its own policy document, with details about how to apply for a place in school.
 
School admissions policy 2023-24
 
See our determined policy below.  If you have any comments regarding the policy, you can contact us at admin@plymouthcast.org.uk
 
School admissions policy 2024-25 
 
See our determined policy below.  If you have any comments regarding the policy, you can contact us at admin@plymouthcast.org.uk
 
 
 
School admissions policy 2025-26 
 
See the policy below.  This will be open for comment during a public consultation between 15 December 2023 and 26 January 2024. If you have any comments regarding the policy, you can contact us at admin@plymouthcast.org.uk
 
We are proposing to amend the oversubscription criteria for the school.
 
The policy will be determined by our admissions authority before the end of February and published here by 15 March 2024.
 
Paper copies of policies are available on request from the school office.