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We are delighted that you are considering Menheniot Primary School for your child. We would be pleased to show you around the school and to answer any questions that you have.

All admissions are dealt with by Cornwall Council, School Admissions Team (link provided below):


However, you can, register an interest with us if you think you would like your child to attend Menheniot Primary School. This does not mean that you have to send your child to our school or that a place is guaranteed, but it does mean that we will contact you when the time comes to formally register him/her for education and to apply for a place at your chosen school. It is very helpful if you provide an e-mail address, contact phone number and child's date of birth when contacting us.

Children with Special Educational Needs

If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan), you do not need to complete an application form as a school place will be identified through a separate process.  However, if a request has been made for an EHC needs assessment for your child, or your child is currently being assessed to decide whether an EHC Plan is necessary, you will need to make an application using the normal process.  Please contact the SEN Assessment and Provision Team for more information on 01872 324242 or via email at

Starting School

Do you have a child born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020? If so, you need to apply for a school place for September 2024. The deadline for applications is 15 January 2024. Further details can be found by clicking on the link below:

Changing School In Year

‘In-Year’ refers to applications made to change schools during the school year – i.e. not at the normal points of entry (starting in Reception and Primary to Secondary). Cornwall Council is responsible for coordinating in-year admissions for all state-funded schools in Cornwall, which includes academies.  Advice on changing school can be found by clicking on the link below:

Secondary Transfer

If your child is currently in year six, you will need to apply for a place in year seven in a secondary school for September 2024.  The deadline for applications is  31 October 2023. Further details can be found by clicking on the link below:


If the school is oversubscribed, a waiting list will be held from when allocations have been made and parents/carers can request that their child is added to this list. A pupil's position on the list will be determined by the criteria set out below.  Children’s places on a waiting list are subject to change according to additional information received about applications or children being added to the list.  No priority is given to the length of time that a child has been on the list.


Oversubscription Criteria

In the event of there being more than 28 applications for places in reception for the 2023/24 academic year or more applications than places for any year group during the school year, the following oversubscription criteria will be used to prioritise applications, after the admission of children whose Education, Health and Care Plan names the school:

  1. Children in care and children who were previously in care but immediately after being in care became subject to an Adoption, Child Arrangement or Special Guardianship Order.

  2. Children who live within the designated area of the school, as defined by the Local Authority, or whose parents/carers can provide evidence that they will be living in the designated area of the school by the beginning of the autumn term of the 2023/2024 school year.

    If there are more designated area children wanting places at a school than there are places available, the following criteria 3 to 5 will be used to decide which of these children should have priority for admission.  If there are still places available after all the designated area children have been allocated places, criteria 3 to 5 will be used to decide which of the remaining children should have priority for any spare places.

  3. Children with an unequivocal professional recommendation from a doctor, school medical officer, educational psychologist or education welfare officer that non-placement at the school would not be in the best interest of the child. Such recommendations must be made in writing and must give full supporting reasons and will be reviewed by the LA.

  4. Children with siblings who will still be attending the school at the time of their admission.

  5. All other children.

Admissions Appeals


If you have applied for a school place for your child and you have been refused you can submit an appeal.  Appeals are arranged by the Education Appeals Team at Cornwall Council.  Appeals are heard by an independent panel. You can submit an appeal through the Cornwall Council website. The Cornwall Council timetable for appeals is set out in the booklet  'Applying for a school place for September 2024' .