Expectation & Excellence
established 1546


The school is a State Co-educational Selective Grammar School.  The school is an Academy Trust School and therefore responsible for setting its own admission arrangements and, in common with state schools throughout the country, the school is part of a Co-ordinated Local Admission scheme:

Associated School Policies
Admission Arrangements for 2017
Admission Arrangements for 2016 (for reference only)
Admission Arrangements 2015 (for reference only)

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.

Applicants achieving eligible scores will be ranked on the basis of performance in the entrance tests and places allocated by Devon Local Authority (LA).  Those who have a statement of special needs (Education Health and Care Plan) naming the school and with an eligible score will be allocated a place.

The School has a published admission number of 155 students in Year 7.

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 MyFreeSchoolMeals 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.

  5. 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.

Looked After Children or Previously Looked After Children

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)).