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Parkham Primary School, Parkham, Bideford, North Devon, EX39 5PL

Buckland Brewer School, Buckland Brewer, Devon, EX39 5LX

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Tel: 01237 451334 | 01237 4513

Village Schools Partnership

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At present, the County Council have set a Published Admissions Number (PAN) of 7 children for Buckland Brewer and 10 children for Parkham  per year group for our schools.

 "Normal round" applications must be made directly to the Local Authority by  15th January We also request that Devon handle our in-year admissions, so if you are looking for a place, you're welcome to contact us and discuss your needs but you will need to liaise with Devon Admissions as well. We are bound by the Devon School's Admissions Code so where year groups are already full, the Governing Body must apply strict criteria before offering places. It is very helpful if, when you contact the school about places, you know which current year group your child will be placed in.

If you live within the Designated Area ("catchment area") for Buckland Brewer,  Parkham or Woolsery Primary Schools the admissions policy for oversubscription will still be applied. 

If you are considering bringing your child to any of the  primary schools within the Partnership from another local school, we will usually contact your child's present school before an offer of a place is made.

Admissions information:

Children are admitted between the ages of 4 and 11.   You and your child are very welcome to visit to meet the staff and look around. Please contact the Office for a mutually convenient time.

Since Autumn 2011, the school operates a single offer point, with children usually beginning their Reception year in the September of the school year (1st Sept - 31st Aug) in which they are five. This is line with Devon County Policy.

To find out more about deferred entry for children click here

Ladybirds Preschool  within  Parkham Foundation unit opened in September 2014. Ladybirds offers children up to five morning sessions and four afternoon sessions weekly until they reach school age.   As  the school age reception children work alongside preschool there is not worry about transition. This is funded through the 15 hours Early Years Funding Entitlement. Apply directly to the school for a place in Preschool

We encourage any new children joining us to spend at least half a day with us, prior to entry, as this means they are familiar with the school, and this helps to ensure a smooth transition when changing from another school.


Useful links:

Devon Admissions

First Step Booklet

Application form for admission to Reception

Application form for in-year admission

Free School Meal Application

View designated area maps here


Buckland Brewer Admissions Policy 2020/21

Buckland Brewer Admissions Policy 2021/22


Parkham School  Admissions Policy 2020/21

Parkham School Admissions Policy 2021/22