Admissions

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.

There are two sections on this page: (1) Applying for a Reception place September 2020 and (2) applying for a place in Year Reception, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 during the year.

Applying for a Reception place September 2020

For September 2020 the GB has agreed that the school should have up to 540 children: three classes in Reception; three classes in Year 1; three classes in Year 2; three classes in Year 3; three classes in Year 4; in year 5 two classes and year 6 one 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.

Applying for a mid-entry place during the school year

If you are applying for a place in Reception, Year 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 during the school year (not at the beginning of Reception) please make an application directly to the local authority following this link. We often have a waiting list in every year group which is managed and held by the admission team at Cambridgeshire County Council.

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 in due course.

In all cases the over subscription criteria is as follows:

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

catchment

 

Admissions Over subscription Criteria for 2020

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
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  2. Children eligible for the pupil premium. Children given priority under this criterion fall into the following category:
  3. 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. Parents who are applying and wish their applications to be considered under this criterion must complete a Supplementary Information Form.
  4. Children with siblings who are already on roll in the School and will still be on the roll when the child is admitted**
  5. Children of school staff where:
    1. 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
    2. The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is demonstrable skill shortage
  6. Children living in the catchment area
  7. 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. Notes

* 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 between 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 determined by the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) or OS Address Base Premium T after October 2014, to the reference point of the school which is Easting 543095 & Northing 259629. 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.

Waiting Lists

The Admissions Team at Cambridgeshire County Council 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 maintained by the Admission Team and it 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.

 

Appeals

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 15th May 2020 for information on how to appeal. Information on the timetable for the appeals process is on their website. Please also see this guide.

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.

UCPS SIF- 2020-21