We are delighted that you are interested in Totnes St John’s C. of E. Primary School. We are very proud of our school and would be very happy to show you around. We would encourage you to visit during school hours so that  you will get a real flavour of the work we do with the children, the school environment and atmosphere. 

If you would like to come and visit the school in person please give us a call on 01803 864695 or email

Admissions to Totnes St John's Primary School are co-ordinated by Devon County Council.

To contact Devon's Admissions Service please call 0345 155 1019 or go to:

Admissions Policy

Devon County Council is responsible for our admissions policy because we are a community school. The policy is reviewed every year in the Council’s annual consultation in December and January. This welcomes the views of our local community.

To view our admissions policy please click on the link:  Admissions Policy

If you would like further information, please contact us on 01803 864695 or Devon’s Admissions Service on 0345 155 1019 or go to:

Admissions information

Devon’s admissions policies

Online applications in Devon

More on the appeals timetable

Applications for Foundation Stage for a September Start

When can I apply?  

Foundation Stage admission applications for 4-year old children are open from mid-November to mid-January for a start the following September.

When will I hear if my child has a place?    

Devon County Council will inform you by letter; normally in mid-April for a for a standard September start.

Further information about starting in Reception at St John's

We know that starting school can feel like a huge leap for you, as well as for your little one.  Here at St John’s, school we pride ourselves on our attention to individual needs - we know this makes a real difference to every child who joins us.  We have put together a few questions that we know parents might be asking themselves to help your family's transition to 'big school'.  Please click here to read more about it.



If we have a vacancy then your child is welcome to join us. If we are oversubscribed, priority is given to particular groups: children who are looked after by the local authority, children with an exceptional need, children who live in our catchment area, children with siblings already here and children who live closer to us. These oversubscription criteria are only used when we are oversubscribed. For full details of our admission arrangements, please look at Devon’s co-ordinated admissions schemes as they constitute our policy.

If we are unable to make a place available for your child you would have the right to appeal to a panel that is independent of the school and Devon and we would place your child’s name on a waiting list for vacancies.

At the normal round of admissions to Foundation Stage, appeals will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals. Where the application was not made in time for a decision to be made, appeals will be heard within that 40 day period or, if that is not possible, within 30 days of the appeal being lodged.

For in-year admissions in any academic year, appeals must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

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