Applying for a place at Coombe Dean…

We are delighted that you are considering Coombe Dean School for your son/daughter, and we appreciate that this is a worrying time for families.

Should you have any questions at any stage of the process, please contact Miss Kelly Hill, Headteacher’s PA, who will be able to answer all your questions. She can be contacted on email:

We hope that the following might help you through this very important process:

We want you to be certain that Coombe Dean is the right choice for your son/daughter.  Under normal circumstances we offer the opportunities listed below to prospective students and their parents. Unfortunately, these opportunities have had to be suspended at the current time due to the Covid-19 situation.

  • Attending one of our Information Evenings
  • Meeting with key members of Coombe Dean staff (Senior Leadership Team, Teaching and Learning Support Coordinator, Head of Key Stage 3, Primary Liaison Coordinator)
  • Tour of the school during the school day
  • Pupil shadowing for Year 6 pupils

Should you choose Coombe Dean for your son/daughter, we have a highly effective programme to ensure your child settles quickly into secondary school.

Click here  for further information on transitions.

The admission arrangements for Coombe Dean School adhere to the School Admissions Code.  The Trustees of Westcountry Schools Trust, the admissions authority for Coombe Dean School, have delegated governance oversight of our admission process to the local governing body.

If you have decided that Coombe Dean is the right choice for your child/children, follow the admissions process on the Plymouth City Council website and enter Coombe Dean as your first choice:

The deadline for applications is:

Saturday 31st October 2020

Click Here – For the Coombe Dean Admission Arrangements 2022/23 (consultation OPEN)

Click Here – For the Coombe Dean Admission Arrangements 2021/22 (consultation now closed)

Click Here – For the Coombe Dean Admission Arrangements 2020/21 (consultation now closed)

Click Here– For the Coombe Dean Admission Arrangements 2019/20 (consultation now closed)

Click here  For the School Admissions Code on the DfE’s webpage.


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The allocation of school placements is governed by an equal preference system.  This is summarised below:

Upcoming Events

  • Years 11, 12 and 13 Parents' Evening - Timings TBC 11/11/2020 at 3:15 pm – 8:45 pm
  • Post 16 Options Evening - Timings TBC 03/12/2020 at 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm
  • Year 11 Parents' Evening - Timings TBC 11/01/2021 at 3:15 pm – 6:15 pm

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