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Our Admissions Procedures

Our catchment area currently includes the immediate residential area known as “Hinchingbrooke Park” but can fluctuate dependent on annual demand for places.

For all our admissions we follow the Department for Education’s School Admissions Code and Cambridgeshire County Council policy and criteria for admissions to primary schools including academies. Full details are available from the Academy Office.

In common with Cambridgeshire Schools we have a policy of ‘early admission’. This means that we offer a place in our Reception Class at the start of the academic year in which a child attains the age of five. Parents/carers should note that they are not legally obliged to send their children to school until the term after their fifth birthday.

As an Academy we would like all the Reception children to start full time in the Autumn Term, providing parents/carers and staff agree that this is appropriate for them.

During the summer term we invite new parents/carers to a meeting where we introduce our school and ourselves. Further details about admission will be discussed at this information evening for Reception parents/carers.

Reception Class and Year 7 places and in-year transfers for all schools in the county are co-ordinated by:

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Admissions Team 
(Box No ELH 1505, Castle Court, Shire Hall, Cambridge, CB3 0AP 
tel: 03450 451370.  


Parents/carers should apply for places direct with the Cambridgeshire County Council in the Autumn Term of the year before their child is due to start school via an on-line application.


Oversubscription criteria  

When the academy is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care plan naming the school, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order: 

  1. Looked after children and children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order.[1][1] 
  2. Children who have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted. 
  1. Children living in the catchment area with a sibling at the school at the time of admission. 
  2. Other children living in the catchment area.  
  3. Children living outside the catchment area who have a sibling at the school at the time of admission. 
  4. Other children.  

[1][1] A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989). 

Catchment Area: 

Cromwell Academy catchment area is described as follows:  

Housing off Brampton Road to the west of the railway line and west of the A14, comprising Hinchingbrooke Park and Cromwell Park, Scholars Avenue, Headlands and Lodge Close