Catmose Admissions into Year 7 | Catmose College

Year 7 ADMISSIONS

Catmose College is the first choice for many parents. In recent years, we have been oversubscribed; we have more applicants for places than we have available in each year group. To find out more about the College, please read our prospectus which can be accessed here.

YEAR 7 ADMISSIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 2017

The deadline for parents to apply for a place at the College is 31 OCTOBER for admission into Year 7, September 2017. Applications which are received after that date will be considered as late and can only be considered after all other places have been allocated. We are usually oversubscribed with late applications only being considered from our waiting list. Applications must be made to your home local authority e.g. Rutland or Leicestershire and not to the College.

The College’s admissions policy can be found here and is used to allocate places. The College does not have a catchment area, we have in the past accepted applications from Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire and our home county of Rutland with students travelling up-to 30 miles to attend Catmose. We consulted on our new policy before implementation in 2012, the methodology and results of that consultation can be found by clicking here. The policy for admissions for September 2017 were determined by the governing body in September 2014.

The order of priority if we are oversubscribed is:

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

The meaning of these terms can be found within the admissions policy.

The distance from the College we accept places however will vary from year to year depending on the other applications we receive. There are children who attend the College having applied successfully in recent years from as far afield as Leicester, Stamford and Grantham. The distance from the College varies depending on: how many people live locally who apply for a place, the number of siblings who apply, the number of staff who apply and the number from our feeder primary who apply. There is no set distance from the College for which an application will definitely be turned down or be successful. A significant number of students walk to college but over half will travel by car or public transport. We offer a subsidised bus service from Melton due to the significant proportion of students who travel from there.

If your child is initially declined a place due to the College being oversubscribed, they may be offered a place subsequently from our waiting list. If your initial application is unsuccessful, please contact Valda Austin at the College who can advise you on the next steps including the appeals process.

An application to a school will always be considered on the basis of its admissions policy and never the preference it was placed on the application. A number of parents have queried how the waiting list is determined; this is based on the oversubscription criteria in our admissions policy. The admissions policy for places in year 7 for September 2017 can be read by clicking here.

Parents have the right to appeal if a place cannot be offered at the College.  If you wish to appeal you should complete an appeal form and provide all appropriate supporting evidence before the deadline of 29 March 2017. An appeal form can be obtained from the College by contacting Valda Austin, Admissions Manager at the College.  An independent appeal panel will be convened to hear the appeal.

APPEAL TIMETABLE 2017
National Offer Day Wednesday 1 March 2017
Closing Date for Appeals (within 20 school days) Wednesday 29 March 2017
All Paperwork returned by 29 March (closing date)
must be heard by Appeal Panel within 40 school days.
 Tuesday 20 June 2017
Paperwork for appeals received after the deadline
will be heard within 40 school days of receipt
Second round offers from the Local Authority  Week commencing 27 March 2017
Appeals will be heard within 40 school days of being lodged.