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St Botolph’s Church of England Primary School

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St Botolph's Church of England Primary School



Admissions Arrangements

St Botolph’s is designated as a Church of England Primary School within the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust (DEMAT) and educates children from the age of 4+ to the age of eleven. Children usually start school in the September of the academic year in which they reach five years old. In order to give the children the best possible start to their school life, they are initially admitted on a part-time basis. This allows the children time to settle into school happily and to make the transition from home and pre-school to school, a pleasure for both child and parents.

St Botolph's and DEMAT will comply with all relevant provisions of the Department for Education's schools admission code of practice 2012 (the admissions code), the school Admission Appeals code of practice 2012 (the appeals code) and law on admissions.  Reference in the code to admissions authority shall be deemed to be references to the board of DEMAT, the powers and functions or which may be delegated to the local governing body of the school.

All schools in DEMAT will participate in coordinated admission arrangements by the local authority in the relevant geographical location and in respect of other arrangement specified in the admissions code. 

The Admissions arrangements for Peterborough Local Authority can be found here:

Notwithstanding these arrangements the Secretary of State may direct the Academy to admit a named pupil to an academy on application from the LA. Before doing so the secretary of state will consult DEMAT.


Admission Procedures


Chosing a Primary School for Foundation Stage (Reception) Intake - The school has open sessions for parents and where you can meet some of the staff and children and see what we have to offer you and your child. If you would like to arrange a visit outside of these scheduled sessions, please contact the school office to arrange a convenient time. (Tel: 231313 or Email

Starting Reception - Please follow the link to Peterborough Ciy Council

Moving School - Mid-Year Transfers - For mid year places please make your application to Peterborough City Council 

Visits are welcomed.  Please contact the school office.

Starting Secondary School in Year 7 -  


Applying for a school place

  • You are encouraged by Peterborough City Council to apply online for a school place.  It is quicker, safer and provides you with a confirmation receipt. 
  • The admission procedure is administered entirely by the Local Authority and places will be allocated according to the Local Authority’s Admission criteria. We are a two form entry school with 30 places each class.
  • Further information on how to apply for a primary school place for children starting in the Reception Year can be found by following the link:
  • You can also find further information on In-Year Admissions by following the above link


For information on the Appeals process, please follow the link below.

 Oversubscription Criteria

The Local Authority will admit children with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or a statement of special educational needs which names a school. This will be in addition to any specific arrangements to specialist provision.

The order of priority for all other children is as follows:

  1. A 'looked after child' or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence, 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 their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).
  2. Children who are both living in the catchment area served by the school and have siblings of compulsory school age still attending the school at the time of their admission.
  3. Other children living in the catchment area at the time of admission.
  4. Children of members of staff, provided that they have been employed for a minimum of two years and/or are recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skills shortage.
  5. Children who do not live in the catchment area served by the school, but who have siblings of compulsory
  6. For admission to Junior (KS2) schools only; children who are in attendance at an Infant school on the same site at the time of application, have been in attendance at the school for at least a term prior to application and remain there until the end of the summer term.
  7. Other children whose parents have requested a place who live outside the catchment area of the school
  8. In cases of equal merit, priority will be given to the child living nearest the school as measured by a straight line.  Distance is measured in a straight line using the Local Land Property Gazetteer (LLPG) provided from the seed point located at the child's home address to the seed point for the school.  The seed point is taken from the ordinance survery's (OS) Address-Base dataset.  It is used to locate individual residential and school addresses using grid references as seed points.