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Cromwell Community College

Admissions to Cromwell

Primary Education

  • Reception - age 4

Secondary Education

  • Year 7 – age 11

Post 16 Education

  • Year 12 – age 16

How to Apply

The application process for Admissions into Reception and Year 7 is coordinated by Cambridgeshire Local Authority (LA), which acts on behalf of the governing body at Cromwell to offer places at the College.

For further admissions information from our Local Authority or to apply for a school place please click HERE or call 0345 0451370


To apply to the Cromwell Sixth Form for September 2022, please apply online following the link below:

Sixth Form Application Form 

  In-Year Applications (moving schools) 

In-year applications are considered for all years from Reception to Year 1 and Year 7 to Year 13. These can be applied for at any time during the year. You will need to complete an application form, which is available online from the LA, and return it to their admissions team.  Once received they will contact us to determine the availability of a school place.

If a place is available for your child, you will be notified in writing. You will then be asked to contact us direct, to arrange an admission interview at a time suited to both yourself and the school.

If a place is not available here, a place will be offered to you at the nearest alternative school with available spaces.

To apply for an in-year application, or for further admissions information please contact our local authority Cambridgeshire County Council, Tel:  0345 0451370.

If you would like to arrange a school tour or have any further questions related to in-year admissions please contact Mrs Terry our Admissions Officer on 01354 692193 or by email to office@cromwell.cambs.sch.uk . A tour of the school is not an interview and therefore will not affect any decision regarding the availability of a place.

  How Places are Offered

For admissions each September, the LA, on behalf of the Governing Body, will offer places to 30 children into Reception and 240 children into Year 7. This is the Published Admission Number (PAN) for those year groups. In the event that more than 30 or 240 applications are received, the over subscription criteria will be applied to determine priority for places. 

All preferences are treated equally. Children who have a statement of special educational needs, or Education, Health and Care Plan, that does not name the school will be referred to the Statutory Assessment and Resources (STAR) Team to determine an appropriate place.

Click HERE to see Secondary School Preferences and Allocations for Year 7 September 2021.

 Admissions Criteria for 2020 Intake Onwards

Children who have a statement of special educational needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) that names Cromwell Community College will be admitted.  NB: Those children with a statement of special educations needs or EHCP that does not name the school will be referred to the LA SEN Team to determine an appropriate place.

Children who have a statement of special educational or an EHCP fall outside the ordinary admissions system and therefore do not feature within the oversubscription criteria.

In the event of a year group being oversubscribed, and after the admission of pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an EHCP where the school is named, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in order:-

  • A ‘looked after child’ or child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements, or special guardianship order.  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 its social services functions (see definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989.
  • Children with a sibling attending the school at the time of application who is reasonably expected to still be attending the school at the proposed time of admission
  • Other children by distance from the school with priority for admission being given to those who live nearest to the school as measured by a straight line.

In cases of equal merit, priority will go to children living nearest the school as measured by a straight line. If the distance between two or more children's home addresses and the school is the same then random allocation will be used to decide who has the highest priority for admission. The random allocation process will be independently verified.

Sibling - means any child of compulsory school age living in the same family unit - Age (11-16) Year (7 -11).

Home address - means the place the child resides for the majority of school nights with an adult who has parental responsibility. 

Please click HERE to view the Admissions Arrangements for the 2021/2022 academic year.

Please click HERE to view the Admissions Arrangements for the 2022/2023 academic year.

Please click HERE to view the Admissions Arrangements for the 2023/2024 academic year.

Right to Appeal

If your child has been refused a place at Cromwell, you have the right to appeal to an independent appeals panel. 

Please use the following documents for your right to appeal:

Appeal Timetable 2022

Appeal Timetable 2023

ALT Appeal form