Year 7 Admissions

For admission at age 11 into Year 7, an Open Evening for parents and students takes place in September each year. It is also possible to arrange a visit to the school for families who are unable to attend the evening – please contact West Exe School directly to arrange this. Applications are made in the autumn term of Year 6, and parents and students are informed of the allocation of school on March 1st  or the next working day afterwards.

To view admissions arrangements for 2017-18 please click here.

Where there are more applications for admission to a school than there are available places, oversubscription criteria are used to prioritise applications in a consistent and transparent manner. The  oversubscription criteria we use can be viewed in the admission arrangements documents above.

West Exe School is linked to six feeder primary schools: Alphington Primary School; Bowhill Primary School; Ide Primary School; Montgomery Primary School; Redhills Community Primary School; St Thomas Primary School. Attendance at a linked school gives a priority for admission but does not guarantee a place at West Exe School.

Devon County Council’s admissions pages are at, and the Devon policies are at


Mid-year and Year 8, 9, 10 and 11 admissions

For mid-year entry or for entry into Years 8, 9, 10 or 11 in September, parents/carers need to contact Devon County Council initially, who speak to us about your application and will then allocate you a place if one is available. Please contact the School Admissions Team on 01392 383000 or at You are very welcome to visit us if you are interested in your child joining West Exe School.

The published admission number (PAN) for West Exe School is 260 per year group, with a maximum number on roll (NOR) of 1300.


In-year admissions from out of area or another local secondary school

As part of considering applying for a place at West Exe School we would recommend and encourage the following which we hope will help you make an informed decision and ensure that your child/children have a successful and enjoyable start to their school life with us:

  • That you read our Partnership Agreement so that you understand the value that we place on the home-school relationship and the benefit we believe it has on a child’s education
  • That you and your child/ren come and visit and have a look around, as this will help you and them get a true sense of what West Exe School is like on a day to day basis, in real life, real time

Other factors to consider when moving into area or within local schools are:

  • How this admission might affect attendance
  • Any support currently provided for SEND or medical conditions
  • Any pastoral support currently in place
  • Any concerns that have been raised in recent school reports; and
  • Your child’s current curriculum and/or GCSE options as educational continuity should be a key priority when considering which school to send your child/ren.

We would be more than happy to discuss any of the above with you on your visit to West Exe School to assist you in deciding whether a move would be beneficial and if West Exe School is the right school for your child. An in-year admission can be unsettling and potentially disruptive for a child with research showing it can set their progress back by up to a term, so it is essential that all of the above are considered fully and discussed openly.