If you are considering moving your child from another secondary school we advise you to visit the College and arrange a meeting to discuss the move to help ensure we are the right school for your child. This is not part of the admissions process but it is a good way for you to find out more about our ethos, provision and learning environment. It is our experience that students who move from one secondary school to another often struggle with the transition unless it is carefully managed.

If you wish to make an application for a place in-year you will need to complete a form, these are available by contacting the College and asking to speak to our admissions team.

We usually have no places available to accept in-year admissions and have waiting lists for places.

We maintain a waiting list if we receive an application for a year group which has more than 180 students already on roll. 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 if we are oversubscribed in a particular year group is currently:

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

Please read the Student Admissions Policy here for an explanation of these terms and a more detailed explanation of the admissions process. It is this policy that we follow, in order that student admissions to the College are determined in a fair and objective way. If a child is refused a place there is a right of appeal, this process is also described in the policy. Catmose Federation Admissions Committee convene during the third week of each month throughout the academic year. All In-Year applications are considered at this meeting. If your application is unsuccessful you have a right to appeal.

You will be given a minimum of 20 school days submit your appeal to the College (marked for the attention of The Clerk to the Appeal Panel). This will enable you to prepare your written appeal and obtain the relevant evidence supporting your grounds of appeal. The appeal will be held within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged and you will receive a minimum of 10 school days’ notice of the hearing.

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