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Transition and Admission

Pre-school provision

We have our own purpose built pre-school on site that is part of the school. We admit children from their second birthday, and are open daily from 9.00-3.30pm. This enables a very smooth transition into the Reception class.

Entry to Reception

Children mainly attend our Early Years Centre for their pre-school but we also admit children from a variety of other settings.

Parents will need to complete the First Steps Steps Common Application form for admission to Primary School. This is the D-CAF1, available from

Entry to Secondary School

Children from St Andrew’s transfer to The Axe Valley Community College, Axminster and Holyrood Academy, Chard, although some children transfer to Colyton Grammar School or The Woodroffe School. We have close links with Axe Valley and Holyrood schools and a full transition programme is planned. Parents will need to complete a Common Application form from the local authority for transfer to Secondary School. For Devon residents, this is the D-CAF3, available from or by calling 0845 155 1019. Somerset residents can find more information by clicking here.

Please see our admissions policy below for full details regarding admissions including in-year admissions.

Contact details for individual schools

In Year Admissions

If you are planning to move your child during the year then all applications must be made in line with Devon LA's In Year co-ordinated Admissions Scheme. Further information and application forms are available from the school or the Local Authority admissions team (0845 1551019).

We welcome visits from prospective parents. Please contact the school office on 01460 220534 to arrange a convenient time.

Admission Limits Academic Year 2018/19 from September 2018

Year Group Admission Limit
R 20
1 20
2 20
3 20
4 20
5 20
6 20

All in year applications must be made in line with Devon's In-Year Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme.

The Governors will usually accept applications for children to join the school in-year up to the advertised admission limit for the Year Group for that Academic Year subject to KS1 class size legislation. The Devon Fair Access In-Year Protocol may be applied.

The Governors can change the advertised admission limits at any time to reflect changes in circumstances at the school.

All applications received on a particular day will be considered on the next school day. If there are more applications for a year group than there are spaces available then the applications will be considered by the Admissions Committee who will apply the oversubscription criteria in the Admissions Policy.

Any applications received over the admissions limit for that year group will be considered on an individual basis by the Admissions Committee.

A waiting list will be kept by the Admissions Committee for each Year Group. Waiting lists will be kept in order of the oversubscription criteria in the admissions policy. Places on lists will not be prioritised according to how long a child's name has been on the list.

Admission Appeals

If your application for admission is unsuccessful, you have a statutory right of appeal to an Appeals Panel which is independent of the school. If you have not been sent appeal papers with the decision letter refusing your application for admission, you can request a form from the School Admissions Team. You then have no less than 20 school days to return the papers, together with any supporting evidence you wish to include. You do not have to wait for this period of time before submission.

Any appeal for a place here may be subject to Key Stage One or Infant Class Size Legislation; a more limited form of appeal. This is the legal maximum number of children allowed in a Key Stage One class with one qualified teacher. There are very limited exceptions which would allow a school to exceed 30 children in a Key Stage One class.

The Clerk to the Independent Appeals Panel will give you at least 10 days’ notice of the date when your appeal will be heard. You will also be told when you should submit any further information you would like to be considered. You will receive evidence on behalf of the school before the appeal hearing.

After appeals are heard, decision letters should be sent within five school days; you will be able to find out the outcome by telephone before then.

For appeals at the normal round of admissions to Reception for the 2018-19 intake, appeal forms should be requested by May 5th, returned by 14th May 2018, and appeals will be heard in June and July 2018.

For in-year admissions in any academic year, appeals must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

For further information on the appeals process, parents can contact the school office or the Clerk to the Appeals Panel. The link to the appeals timetable is below. 

Devon County Council Admissions Appeals Timetable

Devon County Council Admission Arrangements 


2018 St Andrews Chardstock Admissions Policy

2019 St Andrews Chardstock Admissions Policy

2020 St Andrews Chardstock Admissions Policy



Last year, Active Devon selected some of our children and parents to take part in Sport England’s Active Lives survey.

As a thank you for our participation in this research project, Sport England have given us some free sports equipment. We chose to get some new handballs ready for our PE sessions in the Spring.

Thank you to everyone who helped us to earn this equipment for our school!

Welcome to St. Andrew's Chardstock Academy. Please click the feed below to see our recent events and check our updated calendar for key events. More information on these events will be released closer to the time.

Climbing Wall

18 Jul 2019

Climbing Wall On Monday 15th July, we had an amazing day using the climbing wall. Every child had a go even if they were a little nervous to begin with. Lots of children were able to challenge themsel...

Bronze Award for Chardstock

18 Jul 2019

BRONZE AWARD FOR CHARDSTOCK! We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the School Games Bronze Mark Award for the 2018/19 academic year. The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme...

Athletics Tournament

18 Jul 2019

ATHLETICS On Monday 15th July, a team of Y5/6 children took part in an athletics tournament in Axminster. We took part in discus, shotput, long jump, javelin, speed bounce, sprints, relays and long di...

KS1 Athletics Tournament

18 Jul 2019

Athletics Competition   Six year 1 and 2 children attended a Quad Kids athletics event on Monday 8th July at Axminster Primary. Four schools from the Multi Academy Trust attended the event, which...

Cricket Tournament

18 Jul 2019

Cricket Tournament   On Monday 1st July, we attended the Acorn Multi Academy Trust cricket tournament with a team of eight years 3 and 4 children. In each match, every child bowled one over and b...

Mini Marines Camping Event

18 Jul 2019

Marines Camp  - Our Year 6 children went away for an action-packed overnight stay on Thorncombe school field at the beginning of July accompanied by four marines and other schools from the MAT. T...

School Games Day

04 Jul 2019

SCHOOL GAMES DAY Friday 28th June 2019 Our morning was filled with games, activities and chants to help build a community feel within each house. We also thought a lot about our sporting values and ho...

Stained Glass Windows - Dolphins

01 Jul 2019

Dolphins Class experimented with a number of ways to make stained glass windows. We finally settled on drawing with a whiteboard pen onto a laminating pouch, laminating and then painting over the top....

Sliders and Climbing Frame

01 Jul 2019

We are very lucky at our school to be blessed with such beautiful grounds. The children follow a rota in which they get to use the climbing frame and sliders on set days so that they all get a chance...

Wind in the WIllows - prop making!

01 Jul 2019

The children in Dolphins and Whales class have been enjoying making props and set design for our end of year production 'The Wind in the Willows'. Watch this space to see Toad's car, The Wild Wood and...

Our new library!

01 Jul 2019

Thanks to Mrs Butler, the Friends of School and lots of other helpers we have an amazing library space that is stocked with lots of new and exciting books. Lots of children come to this space to relax...

Snail Houses and Buzzing bees! - Starfish

01 Jul 2019

In Starfish Class last week the children made a snail house for their new friends to live in. They worked together to make wet areas and a snail 'kitchen' for eating. They also used art resources to c...

Brilliant topics in Seahorses

01 Jul 2019

Mr Hamilton and the children in Seahorses have made covered brilliant and creative topics this year. Outside their classroom they have displayed a timeline of their learning from the year and have cre...

Osmington Bay Residential

26 Jun 2019

Update from Osmington Bay: The children have had a great time on their residential and are very tired! They are enjoying today's activities! They will be having lunch and then on their way home! The c...

Osmington Bay Residential

25 Jun 2019

The Year 6 children are having an amazing time on their residential. Here are a few photos. 

Turtle Class Cake Sale

01 Jun 2019

Friends of School Cake Sale Turtle class had their Friends of School cake sale and raised over £100.  The class decided on the best ways to spend the money and decided to buy - cushions fo...

Quad Kids Tournament

22 May 2019

Quadkids report by Tilli, Sophie L and Oliver SK Yesterday, we went to Axminster Primary Academy for a Quadkids tournament and we ended up coming third. We did loads of activities including shotput, j...

Dodgeball Tournament

01 May 2019

DODGEBALL On Monday 29th April, six children from years 1 and 2 went to Axminster to compete in a dodgeball tournament. St Andrew’s were drawn in pool A with Mrs Ethelston’s and Axmin...

Dodgeball Tournament

01 May 2019

DODGEBALL On Monday 29th April, six children from years 1 and 2 went to Axminster to compete in a dodgeball tournament. St Andrew’s were drawn in pool A with Mrs Ethelston’s and Axmin...

Stonehenge Trip - Seahorse and Turtle Class

05 Apr 2019

Stonehenge Trip On Wednesday 27th March, Seahorse and Turtle classes went on a trip to visit Stonehenge.  We left school early and arrived at 10am. When we first arrived, we went to the education...

Church Visit - Turtle Class

05 Apr 2019

Turtle Class Visit to St. Andrew’s Church, Chardstock. On Wednesday 3rd April Turtles class took a walk through the village to meet Reverend Cate at the church.  It was a lovely morning and...

Whale Class Tree Planting

05 Apr 2019

On Tuesday afternoon, Mr Davis, who is the Parish Tree Warden, came to deliver three gorgeous Wild Cherry Trees to be planted next the' wiggly path' by the field. The children in Whale class helped...

Sports Update

05 Apr 2019

CROSS COUNTRY We had our final Cross Country Race of this academic year at Stockland at the end of March with 12 runners taking part. Several children were able to beat their previous positions and 3...

Maths Masterclass

01 Apr 2019

The children from all of the Multi Academy Trust Schools joined together for the final Maths Masterclass. Freya enjoyed showing her dad what she had been learning. It has been a good experience for al...

Plymouth Aquarium - Dolphins and Whales Class

27 Mar 2019

Whales and Dolphins class had an amazing time at Plymouth Aquarium. We discovered the largest tank in Europe, saw many different types of shark and met 'Friday' an enormous green turtle.{! sz_gallery_...

Aquarium Trip - Dolphin and Whale Class

14 Mar 2019

Whale and Dolphin classes teamed together to visit the Plymouth Aquarium. The children were given a guided tour by two very knowledgeable guides, who shared a wealth of information about fish and all...

World Book Day Part

08 Mar 2019

World Book Day 2019 On Thursday 7th March, the children (and staff) all came into school dressed as a character from their favourite book.  The costumes were amazing!  The children had a cha...

Superschools Visit

16 Feb 2019

Alex Grinter, UK Parkour Champion, came to visit our school as part of our Superschools visit to show us his sport and inspire the children to follow their dreams! He wowed us with impressive flips an...

Netball Tournament

16 Feb 2019

On 28th January, we took part in the Year 5 and 6 Acorn Netball tournament at Axminster Primary. Our team were praised for their defensive skills and at the end of a closely fought competition we came...


16 Feb 2019

On 24th January, the whole school got the opportunity to have a go at archery. The children were very excited when they saw that they would be using real bows! We had a fantastic day with some childre...

Turtle Class

16 Feb 2019

Turtles class had a fun half term in which we studied (and explored) what life would have been like during The Stone Age period.  We started off by using the Ipads and books to learn facts about...


01 Feb 2019

Mrs Cloud has been to check on the school. She has taken some photographs of the lovely snow. Her and her little helper placed the hydro snakes in front of the doors and steps to prevent any excess wa...


30 Jan 2019

The children enjoyed playing outside in the snow today!

Nativity Play

19 Dec 2018

Pupils in Reception Class, Year 1,2 and 3 had a wonderful time putting on their Christmas production ‘Christmas with the Aliens’.  They put on two performances which included songs, d...

Christmas Jumper Day

18 Dec 2018

St. Andrew's enjoyed taking part in Christmas Jumper Day last week! We had some great jumpers and raised money for charity.

Catch ball Tournament

11 Dec 2018

On Monday 10th December, Chardstock hosted six other schools in a catchball tournament for children in years 3 and 4. Ten of our children took part in six matches during the afternoon.  We won 3,...

Forest School

29 Nov 2018

The children enjoy their time in Forest School very much.  This week they created their own Christmas trees and were all very proud of their work.  

Year 4 Residential 2018 - Final Day and Team Games

23 Nov 2018

The children enjoyed team games on their final day and were excited to return home.  

Year 4 Residential 2018 - Daily Mile and Breakfast

22 Nov 2018

The children took part in the daily mile this morning and then enjoyed a nice breakfast before heading outside to finish yesterdays activity.  They are then heading out to the Tribal Kingdom.&nbs...

Starfish Class - Pumpkin Soup

22 Nov 2018

Today Starfish Class have prepared and made their very own pumpkin soup. They all enjoyed a taste once it was prepared.  

Year 4 Residential 2018 - Tribal Kingdom

22 Nov 2018

Tribal kingdom afternoon! The children are in separate tribes. They have created dens, elected leaders, made up their own chants and tribal face paint designs. They are now on a scavenger hunt! ...

Year 4 Residential 2018 - Scavenger Hunt

22 Nov 2018

Today the children went on a scavenger hunt.  They enjoyed spending their pocket money in the gift shop.  This evenings plan is to have their dinner and head out for their 'night line' activ...

Year 4 Residential 2018 - Yesterday

22 Nov 2018

The children enjoyed last night’s dinner followed by chocolate cake! We then went to the night line which involved all children being blindfolded and taking a walk through a mini forest. ...

Year 4 Residential 2018 - They have arrived

21 Nov 2018

Year 4 have arrived at their Residential and are currently making their beds ready for this evening.  They are all very excited about todays activites.  

Year 4 residential- Tight Rope Walking

21 Nov 2018

Tight rope Walking

Year 4 Residential 2018- Tripod Building

21 Nov 2018

Tripod Building

Year 4 Residential 2018- Tripod Building

21 Nov 2018

Tripod Building

Year 4 Residential 2018- Tripod Building

21 Nov 2018

Tripod Building

Year 4 Residential 2018- Film Night and Evening Walk

21 Nov 2018

The children have had a fantastic day “crossing the moat.” They learned how to make tight ropes and how to make tripods from just 3 pieces of wood and 1 tiny piece of string! The stormy we...

Starfish Class and Little Acorns - Bird Food

21 Nov 2018

Today children from The Little Acorn's and Starfish Class worked with parent volunteers to make bird food to sell at the St. Andrew's Day Sale.  It was a very messy job but they all enjoyed getti...

Light Up Axminster - Lantern Workshop

20 Nov 2018

Dolphin and Whale Class were lucky enough to get involved in the Axminster Community Project 'Light Up Axminster'.  Light Up Axminster held a two day workshop in the school hall with Year 4, 5 an...

Dolphin Class - Science

19 Nov 2018

Dolphin class have been learning about seashore creatures. Last week, they enjoyed sorting and classifying the animals based on their features.

Dolphin Class - Science

19 Nov 2018

Dolphin class have been learning about seashore creatures. Last week, they enjoyed sorting and classifying the animals based on their features.

Seahorse Class - Children in Need Celebrations, Seahorse Craft and Rocket Building Home Learning

16 Nov 2018

Today the whole school dressed in spots, stripes, sparkles and fancy dress for Children in Need.  Seahorse class stood beautifully for a photograph showing off their Rockets and Seahorses that th...

Laying of Crosses Ceremony

15 Nov 2018

This morning children from across the Academy attended a Laying of Crosses Ceremony at the Church.  The children all enjoyed coming together to remember and enjoyed telling other children all abo...

Dolphin Class - Squared and Cubed Numbers

15 Nov 2018

The year 5 children in Dolphin Class enjoyed learning about squared and cubed numbers in a practical way. The hands-on approach meant that they were able to understand why numbers are squared or cubed...

Tag Rugby Tournament

13 Nov 2018

On Monday 12th November, 9 children from years 5 and 6 took part in our Acorn MAT tag rugby tournament. We played three matches against other schools from our trust. Our afternoon started well with a...


09 Nov 2018

On Friday 11th November all of our children got the opportunity to have a go at fencing. The children learned how to salute, thrust, parry, lunge and also the on guard position. We are hoping to be ab...

Maths workshop

30 Oct 2018

Four children from Y5&6 attended a Maths workshop in Lyme Regis just before half term. They thoroughly enjoyed it and loved telling us about what they got up to!

'We did an...

Arts and Crafts Club

19 Oct 2018

Children have been enjoying Arts and Crafts club and have made items to take home including decorated boxes, felt birds (which involved sewing), card making, painting with watercolours and painting pl...

Turtle's Class

19 Oct 2018

It has been a busy half term in Turtles class as the children have been busily learning about their topic ‘Blue Planet’ and settling into their new classroom. The children have a new class...

Wind in the Willows - Toad in the hole lunch

11 Oct 2018

The children enjoyed a special Wind in the Willow themed lunch.  Portlock's Pantry enjoyed dressing up as part of the theme.  We will be hosting more special lunches across the year. {!...

Holly Class - This is me performance

23 Jul 2018

Holly Class have been looking at the song 'This is Me' from The Greatest Showman recently. They have studied the meaning behind the lyrics and how important it is to be unique, independent and ourselv...

Willow and Oak Class trip - We The Curious

23 Jul 2018

Willow and Oak had a fantastic time at We The Curious. The children took part in a workshop about the key features of the digestive system. They were also able to explore the rest of the museum - this...

Pirates and Mermaids Performance

23 Jul 2018

Our year 6 children presented us with an incredible performance of Pirates and Mermaids with the support of year 4 and 5.  They performed a dress rehearsal to the whole school, a matinee performa...

Residential - Fencing, Dinner time, Disco and Giant Swing

23 May 2018

Today is the final day of the residential.  We are looking forward to hearing all about it when the children return.  The children finished off their day yesterday...

Abseiling Residential Year 6

22 May 2018

The children are all having a wonderful time on the residential and all enjoyed abseiling yesterday afternoon.  

Year 6 Residential - Tunnel and Giant Swing

22 May 2018

The children have been exploring tunnels today.  They have also enjoyed using the giant swing.  

Residential Year 6

21 May 2018

It has been a great start to our stay so far. We arrived and were settled in, before having a tour of the fantastic site and playing some games. All children well fed and full of roast dinner, macaron...

Residential Year 6 Monday

21 May 2018

All children full of cooked breakfast, porridge and fruit and ready and waiting for our rafting morning on the Isle of Portland today. All Children slept well and up nice and early! All good.

Residential Year 6 Monday Raft Building

21 May 2018

A fantastic morning spent raft building at the sailing academy on Portland. "This is the best thing I've ever done!" Said one child.

Holly Class Longleat Trip

14 May 2018

​Holly class thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Longleat on Friday. Although it was a long day, their enthusiasm and intrigue of the animals was uplifting. On the way back, we counted 52 animals th...

Oak Class Forest School

09 May 2018

Oak class have been making bread down in forest school. The children made the dough themselves and then wound it around sticks, and cooked it over the fire. Some of the boys constructed a bush craft...

Hazel Class - we the curious Class Trip

09 May 2018

This month Hazel Class enjoyed a fantastic learning experience at 'we the curious' in Bristol. We had a wonderful time playing with some super science displays and learning...

Hazel and Holly's Celebration Worship

29 Apr 2018

The parents all enjoyed watching the children from Hazel and Holly Class performing their assembly. We heard lots of poetry, riddles and stories. Well d...

Maple Class Eco Animal Encounter Visit

27 Apr 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit from Eco Animal Encounters. We got to hold touch and get up close and personal with Bluebell the Blue tonged lizard, an Asian Forest scorpion, an African Bullfrog, a mi...

Holly Class African Land Snail Visit

25 Apr 2018

Holly class had a special visitor on Tuesday afternoon. Rosie, who has a pet Giant African Land Snail, brought in her special pet to show the children. The children were able to ask Rosie lots of ques...

Mrs Slingsby's Celebration Worship

18 Apr 2018

Mrs Slingsby retired at the end of the Spring Term. Mrs Slingsby had worked at St. Andrew's Primary for many years. We held a Celebration Worship to thank her for all of her hard work and dedication t...

Netball Tournament

28 Mar 2018

Six Key Stage 2 children represented the school in an Acorn Netball Tournament on Tuesday afternoon at Mrs E's in Uplyme. They played a total of four matches and came third place. A huge well done to...

St. Andrew's Church Easter display

28 Mar 2018

Every child in school has produced a butterfly or flower to help make a display in the church for Easter. Please do go along and take a look.

Holly Class look at telling the time!

21 Mar 2018

Holly Class were looking at telling the time recently. 

Fizz Pop Science Assembly

21 Mar 2018

Fizz Pop Science gave the whole school a taste of how fun science can be today. They will running a club in the Summer Term, letters will be sent home shortly.

Fizz Pop Science

21 Mar 2018

The children from Willow and Oak had a fantastic morning with Alice from Fizz Pop Science! As their topic for this half term is Water, the children learnt about how liquids can change colour with the...

Recycled Sculpture Workshop

16 Mar 2018

Willow and Oak children took part in a recycled sculpture workshop with Peter Margerum, an artist and designer this week. They recycled plastic waste washed up from the sea in to an assortment of sea...

Holly Class Recycling Centre Day

08 Mar 2018

Holly class have had a lovely morning with Sally from Devon Recycling Centre,  learning lots about reusing, recycling and reducing our rubbish. They then all made a piece of paper each by creatin...

World Book Day 2018

05 Mar 2018

World Book Day 2018 We are holding our very own World Book Day in school today. The children have dressed up as their favourite characters and have brought their favourite book in to school to share...

Holly Class Bicton Park Trip

03 Mar 2018

Just before half term Holly class concluded their learning on plants and rainforests by going on a trip to Bicton Park. It was thoroughly enjoyable and they were able to show off their knowledge as...

Holly Class

03 Mar 2018

Holly Class planted some coriander in September outside the classroom. Recently they picked it and made some potato salad using their own coriander. They have thoroughly enjoyed planting, looking afte...

Nativity 2017

15 Dec 2017

Our Reception and KS1 performed their Nativity play Chirstmas Counts this week. They all worked incredibly hard. Congratulations.

Clip and Climb Trip

01 Dec 2017

Willow and Oak Class spent the day at Clip and Climb this week. In their current topic they are looking at mountains. The children thoroughly enjoyed challenging themselves.

Exeter Chiefs Tag Rugby Tournament

05 May 2017

On the last day of term St. Andrews sent 2 teams to the tag rugby tournament that Exeter Chiefs organised. The teams were from year 3 and 4 and have been currently working with them on a Tuesday after...

Lady Chapel in St Andrew’s Church

05 May 2017

"Children throughout the school contributed to the decoration of the Lady Chapel in St Andrew’s Church with prayers on fish shapes to connect our knowledge with our patron Saint as a fisherman....

Holly Class Pen Pals

05 May 2017

Holly Class were extremely excited when the postman dropped of 29 letters today. Miss Andrews had secretly set up a pen pal from Cambridgeshire for each child in Holly Class. They had a great afternoo...

Shrove Tuesday

04 May 2017

The whole school celebrated Shrove Tuesday yesterday with a pancake race organised by Mrs Melville. All of the house teams worked together to earn lots of house points.

World Book Day

03 May 2017

St. Andrew's celebrated world book day today. The staff and children dressed as characters from their favourite books. The costumes were fantastic. Thank you to all of the children, parents and staff...

Holly Class Gymnastics

02 May 2017

Holly class loved their gymnastics session with Miss Andrews and Go Active on Monday afternoon. They practised their balances in groups of 2 and 3 and then performed them to the class at the end of th...

Stockland Cross Country

01 May 2017

Congratulations to all of the children that took part in Stockland Cross Country last night. Despite the very muddy conditions the children all ran exceptionally well! Thank you to Mrs Parsons for the...