Attending Loders Primary Academy

We welcome prospective parents to come and have a look around our school and meet up with the Head of School and the staff. Appointments can be easily arranged by calling the School Office on 01308 423418 or emailing  The school has an Open Day once a year – usually in October – when we welcome all visitors to see our school in action, meet the staff, governors, members of our PTFA and enjoy a cuppa.

You can view our Admissions policy on this website or contact Dorset Local Authority for more information about the admissions process.

Starting School for the First Time

We take pupils from the age of 2 at Little Acorns which means that the transition to formal schooling is seamless. Children come to our Foundation Stage Unit from a variety of settings and prior to their admission our Early Years staff will visit local pre-school groups to introduce themselves. We welcome application for Reception from all settings or none and parents or carers will need to complete their application for a place here, regardless of pupils already attending Little Acorns:

Click here to apply for a school place through Dorset Council

We have a programme of induction for pupils new to our Reception class in the summer term before they start school. Children are welcomed for a series of taster sessions, enabling them to familiarise themselves with the classroom and the school, meet their teacher and the teaching assistant and have a chance to play with their new classmates.

Click to download our Early Years brochure

Transferring to Secondary School

Most of our children transfer to The Sir John Colfox School, but some choose to transfer to Beaminster School, Woodroffe School and Colyton Grammar School. We have close links with The Sir John Colfox School and a full transition programme exists to enable children to make the move with ease and confidence. Parents will need to complete their secondary school application here: Dorset transferring to secondary school or call the admissions team at Dorset County Council on 01305.

In-Year Admissions

If you are planning to move your child during the year then all applications must be made in line with Dorset LA’s admission scheme. Further information and application forms are available from Local Authority admissions team on 01305 or on their website:

Click Here To View Dorset Council's in-year applications

The admission limit for each year group is 12. Where the number of applicants exceeds places available, the allocation of those places is made according to the criteria set out in our Admissions Policy.

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Changes to school admission appeals due to Coronavirus

New guidance has been published and is in force from 24 April to 31 Jan 2021

Dorset School’s Admission Appeals Timetable

Local Authority to publish appeals: 28 February

  1. For a parent to submit an Appeal:At least 20 school days from the parent receiving notice of the refusal of a place at a school.
  2. Notice of the Appeal Hearing: At least 10 school days before the hearing
  3. Appellants (usually the parents) to submit evidence
  4. Admission Authority (the school) to submit their evidence 8 school days before the Appeal hearing.
  5. The Clerk (the person organising the appeal) sends Appeal papers to parents, the panel and the school.
  6. 5 school days before the Appeal – additional evidence from the Appellants. (Sometimes the Appellants wish to provide additional information after seeing all the papers)
  7. Decision letters sent to the Appellants. Within 5 school days of the hearing (wherever possible) (The letter that informs the Appellant if their Appeal has been Upheld or refused)
  8. For applications made in the normal way. Admissions Round Appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals (see a. above)
  9. For In Year and Late Applications – Within 30 school days of the Appeal (those that came in after the deadline being lodge and have not been decided by the offer date) Appeals must be heard.

Click Here For Dorset Council's Admissions Appeals Timetable

Admission Appeals:

Must always be heard by a properly trained, competent, experienced and knowledgeable, independent panel
Have an independent Clerk to the Appeal Panel present, who has a clear understanding and knowledge of the School Admissions Code and the School Admission Appeals Code and can offer Guidance to the panel.

Admissions Policies

2021-22 Loders CE Primary Academy Admissions Policy

Loders Supplementary Information Form (SIF) 2021

2022-23 Loders CE Primary Academy Admissions Policy

Dorset Council’s ‘Admissions to Schools: A guide for parents and carers 2021-22

2023-24 Loders CE Primary Academy Draft Admissions Policy



Children in Need 2020

13 Nov 2020

Today we raised an amazing £71.29 for Children in Need. It was lovely to see all the children find exciting ways to be yellow or spotty for the day. Thank you again for you generosity!

Remembrance Day

11 Nov 2020

The whole school came together to remember the sacrifices made by our brave service men and women who have given their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. Cogden Class read short pieces be...

Tribal Kingdom day at Hooke Court

07 Nov 2019

Year 4 became 2 different tribes today, with their friends from the other MAT schools.  They created tribal face art, built shelters and created secret trails with codes.  But the question i...

Year 4 at Hooke Court

06 Nov 2019

We have had a great first day at Hooke Court with Year 4 and as this is being written all children are asleep! Click here to see some more pictures from day 1

Loders celebrates 150 years

14 Oct 2019

We celebrated 150 years of the school on this site by dressing up as Victorian children and learning about life in Victorian times.

Service of Thanksgiving

14 Oct 2019

Pupils, teachers and parents past and present gathered in the church to celebrate 150 years of our school

Crealy Animal Visit

25 Apr 2019

We enjoyed a visit from some exotic animals this week from Crealy. The children were able to handle a stick insect, a millipede, ferrets and a milk snake.

Xtreme Falconry Display

04 Apr 2019

Thanks to the PTFA, we enjoyed a display from Xtreme falconry to end the term. This linked in with some of our science work about habitats and animal adaptations.

National Science Week

11 Mar 2019

This morning the children have worked across the school in house teams for the start of National Science Week. Each teacher led a different activity but all were focused on the skill of prediction.

Year 3/4 Dance Festival

08 Mar 2019

Monmouth pupils took part in the annual Dance Festival organised by Colfox students at Freshwater on Friday. The theme was 'Environment' and our dance was based around and undersea theme to raise awar...