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Attending Loders Primary Academy


We welcome prospective parents to come and have a look around our school and meet up with the Headteacher and the staff.  Appointments can be easily arranged by calling the School Office on 01308 423418 or emailing lodersoffice@acornacademy.org.  The school has an Open Day once a year – usually in October – when we welcome all visitors to see our school in action, meet the staff, governors, members of our PTFA and enjoy a cuppa.

Starting School for the First Time

Children come to our reception class from a variety of settings and prior to their admission our Early Years staff will visit the local pre-school groups to introduce themselves.  Parents will need to complete their application for a place here: Dorset starting school

We have a programme of induction for our new reception pupils in the summer term before they start school. Children are welcomed for a series of taster sessions, enabling them to familiarise themselves with the classroom and the school, meet their teacher and the teaching assistants and have a chance to play with their new classmates.

Early Years Brochure 2016

Transferring to Secondary School

Most of our children transfer to The Sir John Colfox School, but a few have transferred to Beaminster School, Woodroffe School and Colyton Grammar School.  We have close links with The Sir John Colfox School and a full transition programme exists to enable children to make the move with ease and confidence. Parents will need to complete their secondary school application here: Dorset transferring to secondary school or call the admissions team at Dorset County Council on 01305 .

In-Year Admissions

If you are planning to move your child during the year then all applications must be made in line with Dorset LA’s admission scheme. Further information and application forms are available from Local Authority admissions team on 01305 or on their website: Dorset in-year applications

The admission limit for each year group in 2017-18 is 12.  Where the number of applicants exceeds places available, the allocation of those places is made according to the criteria set out in Dorset LA Admissions Policy.

Useful Links

Dorset School’s Admission Appeals Timetable

Local Authority to publish appeals: 28 February

  1. For a parent to submit an Appeal:At least 20 school days from the parent receiving notice of the refusal of a place at a school.
  2. Notice of the Appeal Hearing: At least 10 school days before the hearing
  3. Appellants (usually the parents) to submit evidence
  4. Admission Authority (the school) to submit their evidence 8 school days before the Appeal hearing.
  5. The Clerk (the person organising the appeal) sends Appeal papers to parents, the panel and the school.
  6. 5 school days before the Appeal – additional evidence from the Appellants. (Sometimes the Appellants wish to provide additional information after seeing all the papers)
  7. Decision letters sent to the Appellants.  Within 5 school days of the hearing (wherever possible) (The letter that informs the Appellant if their Appeal has been          Upheld or refused)
  8. For applications made in the normal way. Admissions Round Appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals (see a. above)
  9. For In Year and Late Applications – Within 30 school days of the Appeal (those that came in after the deadline being lodge and have not been decided by the             offer date) Appeals must be heard.

Admission Appeals:

  • Must always be heard by a properly trained, competent, experienced and knowledgeable, independent panel
  • Have an independent Clerk to the Appeal Panel present, who has a clear understanding and knowledge of the School Admissions Code and the School      Admission Appeals Code and can offer Guidance to the panel.