University of Cambridge Primary School

The ultimate objective of the new school is to be a three-form-entry primary school, catering for children from Reception (age 4-5) to Year 6 (age 10-11) making about 630 children in all. Although the entire school buildings will be constructed in 2015 we do not expect that they will be fully occupied until 2022.

For September 2018 the GB has agreed that the school should have up to 390 children: three classes in Reception; three classes in Year 1; three classes in Year 2 and two classes in Year 3, 1 Year 4 class and 1 Year 5 class.

We anticipate a similar pattern of growth for the school in subsequent years until the steady state is established,  growing from Reception upwards, but no formal decision will be reached by the Governing Body until the pattern of development and need for the school catchment area becomes known.

For children in Year 6 whose families move into the catchment area before the corresponding class opens (expected in 2019 respectively) we will be proactive in supporting new families to the development to find school places in other local primary schools and we would be happy to offer further help and advice. 

We intend to open a nursery although an exact date has not yet been made.  Please consult our website where more information will be published during 2018.

The school’s catchment is shown below. Please consult our admissions’ criteria.


Oversubscription criteria is as follows.

In 2016, the governors consulted to make changes for 2017 because they are aware that most children come from out of catchment. Priority is given to in and out of catchment siblings which was the key change.

Oversubscription criteria for 2018 entry

When the school is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health & Care plan or statement of special educational needs naming the school, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:

  1. Looked after children and children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so by reason of adoption; residence order (now known as Child Arrangements Order); Child Arrangements Order or Special Guardianship Order
  2. Children eligible for the pupil premium. Children given priority under this criterion fall into the following category:  a. Children currently registered as eligible for free school meals and children who have been registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six year.

b.Parents who are applying and wish their applications to be considered under this criterion must complete a Supplementary Information Form.

  1. Children with siblings who are already on roll in the School and will still be on the roll when the child is admitted**
  2. Children of school staff where:

c. The member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made; or

d. The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is demonstrable skill shortage

  1. Children living in the catchment area
  2. Children living out of catchment area

In cases of equal merit in each set of criteria, priority will be given to the children living nearest the school as measured by a straight line***

Applications for places will be via the Cambridgeshire County Council website.


* A looked after child is a child who is: (a) in the care of the local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989).

** Siblings are defined as being: Children, usually brothers or sisters, aged be tween 4 and 16, who live together in the same family unit.

*** Distance within Cambridgeshire is calculated by measuring a straight line from the reference point of the home, as determinedbytheNationalLandandPropertyGazetteer(NLPG)orOSAddressBasePremiumTMafterOctober2014, to the reference point of the school. For families who live outside of Cambridgeshire, straight line distances are determined using a combination of local maps and on-line resources. Distances for transport purposes are measured by the shortest available route. In the event of: (a) two or more children living at the same address point (e.g. children resident in a block of flats) or (b) two addresses measuring the same distance from the school, the ultimate tiebreaker will be random selection, witnessed by the Council officer, independent of the Admissions Team.

Late Applications

All applications received by the local authority after the deadline will be considered to be late applications. Late applications will be considered after those received on time. If, following consideration of all applicants the school is oversubscribed, parents may request that their child is placed on the school’s waiting list.

Applications for deferred entry

Parents are encouraged to talk with the school regarding deferring their child ’s entry into Reception. We hope that we can welcome all children to thrive no matter what age they are when they start our school but we recognize that sometime parents of Summer born children (most notably those born in late July and August) may wish to defer their child’s entry to school. All requests must be made in writing to the Headteacher. Supporting evidence may be included in the request.

Waiting Lists

The Cambridgeshire County Council Admissions Team will operate a waiting list for each year group. If in any year the school receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate until the end of the academic year. This will be open to any parent to ask for his or her child’s name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application.

Children’s positions on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.


All applicants refused a place have a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel constituted and operated in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code

Appellants should contact Cambridgeshire County Council’s Admission team by 17th May 2017 for information on how to appeal. Information on the timetable for the appeals process is on their website. Please also see this guide.

Admissions Over subscription Criteria for 2018

Please follow the link to the agreed admissions criteria for 2018 for a PDF copy.

Admissions Statement and Criteria 2018

When the school is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health & Care plan or statement of special educational needs naming the school, priority for admission will be given to those children who are eligible for Pupil Premium. We will require a completed SIF Form (Supplementary Information Form) and evidence that you are entitled to one of the benefits listed in the SIF Form. This form then needs to be returned to the school office along with supporting documents requested to be evidenced by the school office.

SIF- 2018-19