Consultation on School Admissions

Following advice and guidance from the DfE and the new GCSE grading system, Colyton Grammar School (the school) Admissions Authority (Board of Trustees) is entering a period of consultation on the school’s admissions arrangements effective from September 2020.

The consultation is open for six weeks. Any questions or comments about the 2020 policies should be addressed to:

Consultation period 17 December 2018 to 28 January 2019
2020 Policy determined by 28 February 2019
2020 Policy published by 15 March 2019
Objections to arrangements must be referred to the Schools Adjudicator by 15 May 2019

Consultation documents are below:


All school preferences expressed by parents must be given equal consideration.

Although there are minor variations in practice across the country, each Local Authority Area shares the following common features:

      • A single Common Application Form (CAF) covers application to all state secondary schools
      • Parents can express at least three school preferences
      • A child will receive only one offer of a school place


Colyton Grammar School is a Selective Co-educational Academy, responsible for its testing arrangements and admission criteria.

Any applicant achieving an eligible score is considered for entry. There may be more children with eligible scores than places available.


The Published Admission Number (PAN) is 155

Entry is determined by performance indicating appropriate ability in the entrance tests. Applicants achieving eligible scores will be ranked on the basis of performance in the tests. All children, including those with an EHC Plan or Statement naming the school must be eligible to be admitted.

Children achieving eligible scores who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (Statement) naming the school will be admitted.

The Academy Trust will prioritise all applicants with an eligible score using the following oversubscription criteria:

The Academy Trust will prioritise applicants using the following oversubscription criteria:

  1. Looked After Children or previously Looked After Children who are on the eligible list.
  2. Children on the eligible list who are entitled to Pupil Premium funding at the time of the test, or who are from families entitled to claim free school meals at the time of the test. Parent’s consent to the school seeking confirmation of Pupil Premium eligibility from the child’s primary school will be sought on the online supplementary information form. For those students not entitled to Pupil Premium funding at the time of the test but who are from families entitled to claim free school meals at the time of the test, evidence of eligibility will be required e.g. from the Devon Citizens Portal website.
  3. Children of staff with a contracted commitment (i.e. not casual or supply staff) in either or both of the following circumstances: (i) where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, and/or (ii) the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
  4. Rank order based on the total score achieved in the tests of students on the eligible list.

In the event of a tied ranking for the last available place, proximity to the school as measured by a straight line from the main school entrance to the house address of the applicant. It will be measured in a straight line from the home address to the main front door of the school’s reception area using Ordnance Survey Maps.


A 'looked after child' is a child who is:

(a) in the care of a Local Authority, or
(b) being provided with accommodation by a Local Authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see s.22(1) of the Children Act 1989) at the time of making an application to the school

A 'previously looked after child' is a child who:

(a) ceased to be looked after because they were adopted (this includes children who were adopted under the Adoption Act 1976, and children who were adopted under the Adoption and Children’s Act 2002), or
(b) became subject to a child arrangements order (under the terms of the Children Act 1989 s.8, as amended by s.12 of the Children and Families Act 2014 – an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live), or
(c) became subject to a special guardianship order (see s.14A of the Children Act 1989 – an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian(s))


This familiarisation booklet is designed to inform parents and candidates about the entrance test in order to:

      • Give a feel for the appearance of the actual assessment.
      • Introduce some of the symbols and phrases used in the assessment.
      • Inform parents and candidates of the invigilation procedure.
      • Indicate the range of disciplines that will be tested.
      • Highlight the range of answer formats used in the assessment.

This booklet also includes examples to indicate the range of skills required to complete the assessment and the manner in which questions are answered. This familiarisation booklet is NOT definitive and the inclusion of any question types does not guarantee that they will be found in the final assessment.

Please note: there are no commercially available practice test papers for these assessments.

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