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New & Prospective Families Info

You are always welcome to come and have a tour of school. This is usually with the Headteacher and you will meet as many staff as possible during your visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you need help with any of these, just ring the Office  01364  643304

1. What do I have to do to get my child into Buckfastleigh Primary School?

You have to apply through Devon County Council Admissions online

2. My child has a place, what are the 'Getting to know school' events planned for Summer 2019?

We will confirm 'Story and Singing' dates and arrangements at the end of March. These dates will be put on to the  Parent and Carer calendar on this website. Staff from school will try to visit new children in their nurseries where possible.

3. What are the arrangements for Reception starters?

In the first week of school in September, your child will be invited to attend mornings and go home before lunchtime. In the second week, we would expect all children to attend full time. If you feel that your child will be happy with full time from the first day, then just let us know and we will make those arrangements.

Parents and carers are welcome to come in and help with coats and bags as children settle in during the first two weeks,  however we expect Reception children to come in independently from week 3. 

4. What time does school start and end and where do parents/carers go?

Our school day begins at 8:35 am when the gates are open and staff are present on the playground. Our school day ends at 3:20 pm.

Our classes start:

Reception & KS1: These classes have a whistle at 8:50 am, they line up on the Front Playground with their teachers and enter school through the KS1 door. This door is attended by an adult.

Lower KS2:  Have a bell at 8:45 am, line up with their teachers, shake hands and enter school through the Foyer.

Upper KS2:   'Free flow' into their classes to begin learning on 'Early Bird' activities from 8:35 am.

Registers are taken at 8:55 am and after this, children are marked as late, and have to be signed in at the main office. 

Our school day ends at 3:20 pm and all children must be picked up from their class teacher unless we have permission from a parent/carer.

Reception Class are picked up from the doors beside their outdoor area near the Garden.