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 view on online prospectus.

The deadline for parents to apply for a place at the College is 31 October 2021 for admission into Year 7, September 2022. Applications which are received after that date will be viewed as late and can only be considered after all other places have been allocated on national offer day. We are usually oversubscribed with late applications only being considered on second or subsequent offer rounds. 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 College. We consulted on our new policy before implementation in 2017. The policy for admissions for September 2022 was determined by the governing body in December 2020.

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 Mowbray 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 by the local authority in subsequent offer rounds. If your initial application is unsuccessful, please contact the admissions team 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 2022 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.


Parents of children who are due to start secondary school in September 2022, must submit an application to their ‘home’ local authority.  This means that an application must be submitted to the Council where you live, even if you want to apply for a place at a school in another local authority area. Further information from a number of local authorities can be found below.


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. 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.


1 March 2022National Offer Day
TBC20-school days 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.

TBCSecond round offers made by the Local Authority.
TBS40-school days deadline (from deadline to lodge appeal) for appeals to be heard.
All appeals will be heard within 40 school days of being lodged.