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 and welcome booklet.

The deadline for parents to apply for a place at the College is 31 OCTOBER for admission into Year 7, September 2019. 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 policy for admissions for September 2019 were determined by the governing body in December 2017.

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 2019 can be read by clicking here.

Parents have the right to appeal if a place cannot be offered at the College.

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

Admissions Appeal  – September 2019

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 2019. 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

Friday 1 March 2019National Offer Day
Friday 29 March 201920-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.

Tuesday 18 June 201940-School day deadline (from deadline to lodge appeal) for appeals to be heard.