Wisbech St Mary Church of England Academy primarily serves a catchment area comprising the village of Wisbech St Mary and the surrounding area. For definitions of measurement please see the glossary of terms in the County Admissions booklet. Provided there are places, the school is pleased to take any children whose parents choose to send them to Wisbech St Mary irrespective of where they live. The school particularly welcomes parents who wish to send their children to a Church school.
The Local Governing Body of Wisbech St Mary Church of England Academy is the admission authority for the School. This means that it is the Local Governing Body that sets and applies the admissions policy for the School. All decisions regarding the admission of children into the School are made by a sub-committee of the Local Governing Body.
How to Apply
The application process for admissions into Year Reception (initial year of entry) is co- ordinated by Cambridgeshire Local Authority (LA), which acts on behalf of the governing body to offer places at the School.
Cambridgeshire Application Form - available from their child’s primary school or from the LA Admissions Team, no later than the National Closing Date in January Admissions booklets will be in school and a copy given to all parents who contact the school for a reception place. Offer letters will be issued by the LA on the LA offer date in April. Late applications (those submitted between the December deadline and the end of the first week of the autumn term) will be handled by the Admissions Team.
To apply for a place after the start of the school year, or for any other year group, please contact the LA Admissions Team for an application form by contacting 0345 045 1370 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application form must be returned to the LA Admissions Team who will then contact your preferred schools to determine the availability of a school place.
The LA Admissions Team will then write to you to confirm the details of the school at which a place is to be offered and, where appropriate, a suitable start date.
Where the Admissions Team is unable to meet any preferences expressed a place will be offered at the next nearest alternative school with places available.
Parents wishing to visit the school prior to submitting an application are welcome to do so, though it may not always be possible to organise this at short notice. Visits are not interviews and do not affect any decision regarding the availability of a place. Please contact the school to make arrangements.
All parents are advised to read the LA booklet for parents on primary admissions.
How places are offered
For admission into reception, the LA, on behalf of the Local Governing Body, will offer places to 30 children. This is the Published Admission Number (PAN) for that year group. In the event that more than 30 applications are received, the oversubscription criteria will be applied to determine priority for places. All preferences are treated equally.
Children who have a statement of special educational needs that names the school will be admitted.
NB. Those children with an Educational Health Care Plan that does not name the school will be referred to Student Assessment to determine an appropriate place.
Where applications exceed the PAN, places will be allocated in order to:
- Children in care, also known as Looked After Children (LAC), and children who were looked after but ceased to be so by reason of adoption, a resident order or special guardianship order
- Children living: 1 in the catchment area, 2 with a sibling, 3 at the school (or a partner junior school) at the time of admission; for definitions of measurement please see the glossary of terms in the County Admissions booklet.
- Children living in the catchment area;
- Children living outside the catchment area who have a sibling at the school (or a partner junior school) at the time of admission.
- Children living outside the catchment area, but nearest the school according to the shortest straight line distance.
1 The home address is defined as the address of the adult with parental responsibility with whom the child normally lives and which applies at the time of application. For further details, please see the full definition in the LA admissions booklet for parents.
2 A map of the catchment area is available from the school or the LA Admissions Team.
3 A sibling is defined as another child of compulsory school age living in the same family home.
In cases of equal merit, priority will go to children living nearest the school according to the shortest straight line distance. The distance, for admissions purposes, is measured using the straight line distance from the reference point of the home to the reference point of the school, both as defined by the Ordnance Survey (OS) AddressBase Premium ™. These distances are produced by the LA Admissions team for the school. For families who live outside the area covered by the Cambridgeshire mapping system, distances are determined using a combination of local maps and on-line resources.
For Reception Year to Year 6 the PAN is 30. If a place becomes available it will be offered to the child at the top of the reserve list for the year group or, if no reserve list exists, the place will be offered to the first child for whom an application is received.
Admission Arrangements for Older Children
Pupils may be admitted to Wisbech St Mary Church of England Academy at any time provided there are appropriate places available. Perspective parents should discuss their plans with the Head Teacher.
Admission Arrangement for Disabled Pupils
The admission arrangements for disabled pupils are the same as for any other pupils and the school will endeavour to meet there specific needs. Prior to admission there will normally be a discussion with the parents, head teacher and advisors to determine what these needs will be.
When an application is refused, the child’s details are automatically placed on a reserve list for the year group, ranked according to the oversubscription criteria. As part of the co-ordinated scheme for primary admissions, the LA Admissions Team holds the initial reserve list on behalf of the governing body until the end of the first week of the autumn term in the initial year of intake. The Governing Body then holds this list until a place becomes available. Where mid-phase applications are received, children’s details will be held on the reserve list for a period of one term following the term for which the place was refused.
Parents will be contacted immediately if a place becomes available for their child, but should be aware that their child’s place on a reserve list may change if an application is subsequently received that meets a higher criterion than their own.
The parents of any child who is refused a place at Wisbech St Mary Church of England Academy has a right of appeal to an independent Appeals Panel. The panel consists of three people who are independent of the school’s Governing Body and the Local Education Authority. The panel will consider the circumstances of the case put before them and the Governing Body and parents must abide by the decision it makes.
Please note that where a child is refused a place in an infant class because of the requirement to limit class size to 30 children, parents have the right to have this decision reviewed. This process is very similar to an appeal, but the circumstances in which the panel can find in the parent’s favour are limited by law. For further information, please contact the school office or the LA Admissions Team.
Further information and appeal forms are available from the Admissions Team.