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Admission Arrangements

How to Apply

The application process for admissions into Year 7 is co-ordinated by Cambridgeshire Local Authority (LA), which acts on behalf of the governing body to offer places at the Academy. 

Parents should apply online at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/admissions or submit a Cambridgeshire Application Form, available from their child’s primary school or from the LA Admissions Team, no later than the national closing date on 31st October. Offer letters will be issued by the LA on the National Offer Date (1st March or first working day after). Late applications (those submitted after the national closing date) will be handled by the Admissions Team. 

To apply for a place after the start of term or in any other year group, please contact the LA Admissions Team for an application form. LA Admissions Team Contact: 03450451370 or admissions@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.  For further information and specific dates, please refer to the full scheme for secondary co-ordination, available from the LA Admissions team or from the website www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/admissions

Parents wishing to visit the Academy 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 Academy office to make arrangements – 01354 606000 – office@neale-wade.org

How places are offered

For admission into Year 7 each September, the LA, on behalf of the Governing Body, will offer places to 300 children. This is the Published Admission Number (PAN) for that year group. In the event that more than 300 applications are received, the over subscription criteria will be applied to determine priority for places. All preferences are treated equally.

Children whose statement of special educational needs names the school take priority over all other applicants and will be admitted irrespective of whether there are places available in the year group. Those children with a statement of special educational needs that does not name the school will be referred to Student Assessment to determine an appropriate place.

  1. Children, who are looked after
  2. Children who live in the Neale-Wade catchment area, who have a sibling at Neale-Wade at the time of admission
  3. Children who live in the Neale-wade catchment area
  4. Children who have a sibling at Neale-Wade at the time of admission
  5. Children who attend a primary school within the Neale-Wade catchment area
  6. Children who live nearest Neale-Wade by the shortest straight line distance by measuring a straight line from the centre point of the home to the main pupil entrance to the secondary school

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 centre point of the home address to the main pupil entrance to the school. 

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.

  1. Sibling means any child of compulsory school age living in the same family unit.
  2. Home address means the place the child resides for the majority of school nights with an adult who has parental responsibility.
  3. A map of the catchment area is available from the LA Admissions Team.

Details of which streets are in the catchment are available from the Admissions Team.

How to apply for places in all other year groups, or Year 7 after the beginning of the Academic Year

Applications for places in these year groups at any time of the year: A Cambridgeshire application form must be completed and 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.

In the event of over-subscription the criteria set out above, will be applied and places offered in accordance with those criteria. Parents wishing to visit the school prior to submitting an application are welcome to do so. However, this is not always possible to organise at short notice and visits are usually conducted in small groups. Visits are not interviews and do not affect any decision regarding the availability of a place.

Reserve Lists

Year 7

As part of the co-ordinated scheme for secondary admissions, the LA Admissions Team holds the initial reserve list on behalf of the governing body until the end of the Autumn Term in the initial year of intake. 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.

In-Year applications

 Where an in-year application is received, the child’s details will be held on a reserve list by the LA Admissions Team on behalf of the Governing Body for a minimum period of one term following the term of application. Applications will be ordered on the list according to the over-subscription criteria and when places become available, they will be offered accordingly. Parents should be aware that their place on the waiting list may vary if applications are subsequently received which meet a criterion higher on the list than their own.

Parents wishing to remain on the list should contact the school or the LA Admissions Team.

Appeals

 The parents of any child who is refused a place at the school 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 Authority. The panel will consider the circumstances of the case put before them. Both the Governing Body and the parents must abide by the decision it makes. 

Appeals for the school are currently arranged by the LA Admissions Team on behalf of the Governing Body. Further information and appeal forms are available from the Admissions Team.