Guidance for Starting School

As an academy, Catmose Primary is its own admissions authority and as such is responsible for setting the criteria for admission and their interpretation; at all times however it will act in accordance with the School Admissions Code published by the Department for Education.

All admissions, either In-year or for children starting school in Reception class are determined by our Admissions Policy, the details of which can be found here.

All parents wishing to apply for a place at the Primary  during the normal round the beginning of Reception year, should do so via their ‘home’ authority (i.e. the authority where they live). Parents have a right to express a preference for the school they want for their child. Application forms can be obtained via your home authority. Application forms must be returned to the home authority by the specified date, which is published annually.

You can find out about the school’s admission arrangements through the local authority by clicking here.

The Planned Admission Number (PAN) for the school is 30.

Where the number of applications for places exceeds the number of places available, as specified by the Planned Admission Number, the following criteria, in priority order, will be applied to determine those children that will be offered a place:

  1. Looked after children/SEND children.
  2. Sibling link.
  3. A child of staff at the Federation.
  4. Children who live nearest the Primary School by distance.


Parents of children who are due to start primary school in September 2021, must submit an application to their ‘home’ local authority.  This means that an application must be submitted to the Council where you live, even if you want to apply for a place at a school in another local authority area. Further information from a number of local authorities can be found below.

Parents have the right to appeal if a place cannot be offered at Catmose Primary School.


Parents have the right to appeal if a place cannot be offered at Catmose Primary School.  If you wish to lodge an appeal you should complete an appeal form and provide all appropriate supporting evidence before the deadline. An appeal form can be obtained by contacting Valda Austin, Admissions Manager at Catmose College.  An independent appeal panel will be convened to hear the appeal.


16th April 2021National Offer Day
Monday 17 May 202120-School day deadline (from offer day) for parents to lodge appeal.

Paperwork for appeals received after the deadline will be heard within 40-school days of receipt.

Wednesday 8 September 202140-School day deadline (from deadline to lodge appeal) for appeals to be heard.
Week commencing 10 May 2021Second round offers made by the Local Authority.
All appeals will be heard within 40 school days of being lodged.

Guidance for Joining Catmose Primary In Year

If you are considering moving your child outside the normal admissions round please contact the school here. Where a Year group is over-subscribed a waiting list is held. The order of this waiting list is determined by our admissions policy, it is not first come, first served.

The order of priority for the waiting list is the same as for over subscription listed above.

Please read the admissions policy for an explanation of these terms and a more detailed explanation of the admissions process.