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Oreston Community Academy is responsible for the admissions policies and decisions on applications for admission to both our Nursery and Main School.

Our admission arrangements comply with the School Admissions Code and School Admissions Appeals Code. We co-operate with the arrangements of Plymouth City Council which are available at
There is space for 40 children in each Nursery session and there are 56 places available in Foundation at Oreston. For the main school, children are offered places to start in Foundation at the beginning of the September term after their fourth birthday. Children who are admitted to a vacancy at any time after this point are called 'In-Year' Admissions.
You can find our admissions policies below - we review and consult on them annually and may make changes for future years if we feel this would be in the best interests of the Academy and our community.
If you are interested in your child attending Oreston, you are welcome to come in and visit us. You can arrange a visit on 01752 402050 or by emailing or
If you decide you would like a place, either in our Nursery, in Foundation, or at any other time, you must apply.

Below you will find links to relevant application forms.

 If you have any questions about starting school in Foundation/Reception (September) or just about the admissions process in general, please don’t hesitate to contact us direct.

Information on Starting School in Plymouth can be found on this website;

For queries regarding admissions to any other year group please contact us direct or contact Devon School Admissions Service on 01392 383000 or you can email
Below is our admissions policy for places in our Nursery. All parents with children in the Nursery have to make an fresh application for admission into the Foundation /Reception class. 
Below are our admissions policies. Each academic year has its own policy document, with details about how to apply for a place in the main school: Foundation/Reception to Year 6.
This is our determined policy. It was amended in July 2015 to remove admissions priority for children at our nursery. This was in response to an objection to the Office of the Schools? Adjudicator. In response to additional demand for places which we were able to meet with the resources available to us, the Published Admission Number for the Reception/Foundation intake in September 2016 was increased from 45 to 56 in December 2015 and from 56 to 60 in May 2016.

This is our determined policy If you have any comments regarding the policy, you can contact us at the school or Please note that we amended this document in June 2016 to remove explanatory notes regarding priority for exceptional need which were included in error.  We also amended the policy in February 2017 to increase the Published Admission Number from 56 to 60.


Please note that there was an objection by Plymouth City Council against this policy and the admissions priority for children attending our nursery. The Office of the Schools Adjudicator did not uphold the objection (23 September 2016) and the priority for children attending our nursery remains in place for the 2017-18 intake.

This is our determined policy. If you have any comments regarding the policy, you can contact us at the school or  

The Admissions Appeals Timetable 2017


Appeals at the normal round of admissions to Foundation will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals on 15 May 2017. Where the application was not made in time for a decision to be made on 18 April 2017, they will be heard within that 40 day period or, if that is not possible, within 30 days of the appeal being lodged. In-year admission appeals must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.