Join Orchard Vale

Admissions to the School

Most of the children attending Orchard Vale join at the Reception intake. This is what is called the "normal point of entry" to a primary school.

Other children join us "in-year" at other times, once a year group has already started. This may be because they are new to the area and need a school place or simply would like to transfer from another school.

Visiting Orchard Vale

We welcome visits from parents and children who are considering applying for a place here.

This is an opportunity for you to see what we have to offer.

Visits are not a compulsory part of the admissions process and will not affect decisions on whether a place can be offered at our school.

If you would like to visit Orchard Vale, please contact the school on the details below to make an appointment.

Orchard Vale Community School
Westacott Road

Whiddon Valley, Barnstaple
EX32 8QY
Telephone: 01271 375074
If you would like a paper copy of any of the information contained on our website, please contact our School Office team who will be happy to provide this to you, free of charge.


Published Admission Number (PAN) for Reception in 2015-16


For other Year Groups, the agreed admission limit will be the PAN which was determined for that cohort as it entered the school in Reception unless varied in response to a change in circumstances. For further information, please contact the school or the School Admissions Service of Devon LA.

Home-School Agreement


School uniform


Supplementary Information Form

Yes, available from the school or LA.

To be completed only where a parent is seeking admissions priority for the child of a member of staff.

Extended school facilities

Please visit our website or contact the school office for details of the facilities available at the beginning and end of the school day.

School Travel Plan

Please visit our website or contact the school office for details.

Points of entry to school

All children who are allocated a place at the school have the option to be admitted in the September following their fourth birthday. Please see the note below regarding a parent’s right to defer entry to school.

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