find out whether the school you would like asks for applications direct to them rather than through us. With two children in primary school we first investigated areas with good grammar schools (Poole, Bournemouth and Colyton before deciding that proximity to family, the beach and good links to London (air and train) were the overriding factors for us. You can apply at any time of year but please be aware that the application will not be processed further in advance than 8 school weeks (or 16 school weeks for children from UK service personnel families). Accordingly, we are also considering St Albans in the meantime. After ‘A’ levels I went to Australia for a year out and met my future husband whom was from London but who had been to boarding school in North Devon. There are two ways to apply – either through our school admissions service or direct to the school. IF you have been affected financially by the Covid-19 pandemic and are unable to access funding or support elsewhere the Financial Hardship Fund may be able to assist. Please don't include any personal or financial information, for example your National Insurance or credit card numbers. Our children are both enrolled at an excellent independent school and for very little more than we were looking at for one child in London. This could be useful if you need help to get out and about or want to learn skills to live independently. If you'd like us to get back to you, please leave your details below. Would you mind letting me know your thoughts on the place, and how you found living there? We looked at a huge range of houses from beautiful Devon cottages with the proverbial roses around the front door to barn conversions and Regency style villas in Exmouth before settling on a modern home in the village of Exton in July 2014. East Devon District Council User Profile Survey Family holidays were spent a little further afield in Cornwall where we honed our surfing and water-skiing skills around Rock and Polzeath. There are two ways to do this: Apply online at the Citizens Portal (if you cannot apply online, please contact the Education helpline on 0345 155 1019 and ask for a paper copy of the form to be sent to you. After graduating from Warwick University I moved to London to work as did most of my friends from school and uni. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. There are pop-up restaurants, country Gastropubs and even a floating river cafe plus hundreds of idyllic spots to barbecue or picnic. Apply for an in-year admission to move your child to a different school. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. IF you face financial difficulty as a result of an instruction to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, you may be able to apply for a payment to help you. If you or your relatives are thinking of embracing Life after London and are considering Devon and would like some advice please do not hesitate to get in contact with me via or via the website, Hi there – thank you for sharing your story Belinda! We will reply as soon as possible but due to the extra workload caused by a pandemic, this could take longer than we would like. But one of the best things about our new life has to be being 5 minutes away from my parents, the wonderful community and our amazing neighbours. Website Terms & Conditions IF you have been affected financially by the Covid-19 pandemic and are unable to access funding or support elsewhere the Financial Hardship Fund may be able to … For 2017-18, these schools are: Find a school, admissions, term dates, transport, school meals, support for schools, What to do if you are worried about a child, Children’s centres, childcare, early years education funding for 2, 3 and 4-year-olds, information for providers, The Family Information Service, Family Group Conference Plus, Drug and alcohol services and domestic violence support, Children in care, youth enquiry service, youth offending teams, Information for parents of children with special educational needs, Information about adoption, fostering and private fostering services in Devon, Information about child abuse, keeping children safe and general health and wellbeing, Let us know what you think about education and learning, Further information on the impacts of the coronavirus can be found here, Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) Local Offer and vision, Devon County Council, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, Devon EX2 4QD, find out what different schools have to offer your child, if possible, visit schools you are interested in. My husband travels a lot for work but the head office is in East London so he needs to be in town for 3 nights a week at least. For more information on securing private rented accommodation, please see Citizens Advice or I haven’t regretted a single thing about relocating back to Devon and my children are noticeably happier and healthier with every day. If you do, we will pass this on to the school. Having settled on Exeter our house search took us to some lovely villages to the west (Newton St Cyres and Bradninch) and both sides of the Exe estuary (Cockwood/Starcross and Exmouth) before we decided to centre our search on 3 villages Woodbury, Exton and Lympstone. Apply for one at the Jobcentre or via the form on However, I don’t think we’re quite there yet due to my husband’s work. If they have already arranged to accept direct applications, you should apply using their own form – available from the school. If you’re not ready to move out but need more support you may want to look at a support scheme like Shared Lives, which can offer short breaks, day support and more long-term support. OUR council meetings are now being streamed online. Top Tips & Useful Websites 5495551 We are fortunate enough to be half way between the city and the coast, have brilliant travel links via the local trains and buses yet are only 15 minutes from Exeter airport. Competition Terms & Conditions, How to use Life After London Property ProfessionalsAbout Us, In the Media The only way to apply for a transfer is by using the Devon HomeChoice scheme. Admissions team can be contacted on As well as parking for 7 cars, some amazing views of the estuary, a fantastic local pub and easy access to the East Devon cycle route. Heathpark Industrial Estate We have a much larger house with all the space and rooms we had hoped for including a fantastic open plan kitchen/family room as well as a formal living room and an enormous playroom for the kids. How the scheme works Prior to tenancy commencement the Council, the landlord and the tenant are required to sign the Bond agreement. Required fields are marked *, Privacy & Cookie Policy We had a lot in common from our love of the beach and watersports to many of our favourite places in Devon. Your email address will not be published. I enjoyed several years working in London and living in Battersea, West Acton and Ealing Broadway. Honiton We are monitoring government guidance and currently considering the possible impact of the coronavirus on school admissions. How to apply. The majority of schools in Devon participate in our in-year co-ordinated admissions scheme. Opening hours: There are two ways to do this: Some schools do not participate in our in-year co-ordinated admissions scheme. Moving out of your home. Rosie, Your email address will not be published. Childhood Memories. OUR council meetings are now being streamed online. At school along with many of my friends I took part in the annual Ten Tors event, the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and learned to sail on the Exe estuary with the CCF. We looked into the travel timings and worked out he could travel up from Exeter on a Monday morning and back on a Thursday night, working from home on a Friday. Blackdown House, Border Road I grew up in Somerset, but now live in London – but with a 15 month old baby, I am desperate to move back (to be close to parents also!). You are here: I need to… > Schools > School admissions > Apply for an in-year place. Last summer we didn’t bother going abroad we invested in a 2 seater kayak and an inflatable SUP and spent some wonderful days exploring the beaches, rivers and estuaries around Devon. Only people told to isolate on or after Monday 28th September may be eligible for this help.