​Culworth CEVA Primary Academy

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Admissions policies for 2022 and 2023

Admissions Policy 2022

Admissions Policy 2023

Admissions Policy 2024 


​Admissions & starting school

Our new intake provision starts early at Culworth CE Primary School. When parents first approach the school they are encouraged to visit to observe the school in action and talk to the Headteacher and staff. Applications are processed online via West Northamptonshire Council. The published admissions number each year is currently 27 places.

 The Diocese deals with appeals procedures.

Parents who submit an on-time application by the deadline on 15th January 2023 will receive an offer of a school place on National Offer Day 16th April or the next working day. 

Once places have been offered and accepted, parents and children are invited into school in the summer term for a series of afternoons. They are also invited to various events held in the summer term. The Reception class teacher also offers visits to children’s homes for informal chats at the beginning of September.

In order to reflect the Local Education Authority’s guidance and to ensure a calm and purposeful start to their school career children experience a part-time entry into school during their Reception Year.

School Prospectus

This is now available to view online. If you would like a hard copy sent to you, please email the school office.

The legal bit

Peterborough Diocese Board of Education
Culworth CEVA Primary Academy

Admission Policy 2023
The Governing Body are the Admission Authority in this Voluntary Aided School and are therefore responsible for all admissions.

  • The Governing Body will admit up to 27 pupils into each year group
  • When there are more applications than there are places available, the governors will admit pupils according to the following criteria which are listed in order of priority.
  • The governors will admit all pupils with a statement of Special Educational Needs which names the school.

Over-subscription criteria

1. The governors will admit ‘Looked After Children’ and ‘Previously Looked After Children’, that is Children who are or who have been in Local Authority care.

2. The governors will admit pupils on social or medical grounds, where professionals have clearly identified that the school will best meet the needs of the child. These applications must be accompanied by documentary evidence from appropriate professionals within the Health or Social services.

3. Children living with their parent(s)/legal guardian(s) in the villages of Culworth, Moreton Pinkney, Sulgrave and Thorpe Mandeville. (See residence definition below).

4. Children who have a sibling attending the school at the time of admission. (See sibling definition below)

5. Children of worshipping members of St. Mary the Virgin, Culworth; St. James the Less, Sulgrave; St. John Baptist, Thorpe Mandeville; St. Peter & St. Paul, Chipping Warden; St. James, Edgcote; and St. Mary the Virgin Moreton Pinkney. These applications must be accompanied by form SIF/A available from the School. The details on form SIF/A will then be sent to the minister with form SIF/B to verify church allegiance.

6. Children of worshipping members of any Church that is a member of Churches Together in England, this includes the Church of England.
These applications must be accompanied by form SIF/A available from the School. The completed SIF/A will then be sent to the minister with form
SIF/B to verify church allegiance.

7. Children of parent(s)/legal guardian(s) of other faiths, or none, who wish their child to be Educated in a Church School and Christian environment.

Right of Appeal

Governors will admit up to the published admission number.
For any child subsequently refused a place, parent(s)/legal guardian(s) will have the right to appeal against the decision, to an independent Appeals Panel. Parents wishing to appeal should write to:

The Clerk to the Appeals Panel
Diocesan Board of Education
Bouverie Court
6 The Lakes
Bedford Road

Appeals Timetable

Following the National Offer Day on 17 April 2023, the deadline for lodging an on-time appeal is 22 May 2023 (5pm).The Appeal Clerk will send notification of the Hearing (Date and Time) to the Appellants, week commencing 5 June 2023 and proposed appeal hearing dates are between 10-14 July 2023. Spring/Summer 2023 appeals will take place either on Zoom or in-person at the diocesan offices in Northampton and Peterborough. Decision letters will be sent within 5 working days of the appeal hearing, subject to any unforeseen circumstances

  • LA Notifies parents of Primary School Allocations –  17th April 2023
  • Last date for parents to submit Notice of Appeal form (which is obtained from the Diocesan Offices) is 5pm 22nd May 2023.
  • Dates of appeal hearings – The Appeal Clerk will send notification of the Hearing (Date and Time) and the Statement of Case to the Appellants week commencing 5th June 2023.
    On-time appeals will be heard by 6th July 2023.  
    Proposed appeal hearing dates are between 1-6 July 2023.
  • Decision letters will be sent within 5 working days of the appeal hearing, subject to any unforeseen circumstances.”

Notes and Definitions

Tie Breaker
Where there are more applications in any one category, applications will be prioritised on the distance from the child’s home to the address point of the school (This will be determined by the Local Authority using their standard method as described in the published information for parents)

Parish Boundaries
For Parish boundaries, please consult the attached map or visit the internet site www.achurchnearyou.com, put in your postcode, click on where you live and the name of your Benefice will be shown

Civil Parish Boundaries (villages)
For the civil parish boundaries please see the map in school or on the school website www.culworthschool.org.uk
Residency definition
The child’s place of residence is the address of the parent or legal guardian with whom the child spends the majority of time during the school week. A map of these villages is available from the school office.
(Parent(s)/legal guardian(s) may be asked to produce evidence of residency/home address at any time during the admissions process)

Definition of siblings
The definition of a brother or sister (sometimes referred to as a sibling);

  • a brother or sister sharing the same parents
  • a half brother or half sister where 2 children share one common parent
  • a step-brother or step sister, where two children are related by a parent’s marriage/partnership
  • adopted children

A brother or sister must be living at the same address when the application is made.

Waiting lists
All parents who are refused a place at the school at any time may wish to place their child’s name on a Waiting List. (This does not affect your statutory right of appeal.)
Pupils will be placed on the Waiting List in strict order according to the oversubscription criteria on the Admissions Policy. If a place becomes available at the school, places will be allocated according to this criteria and not on a first come first served basis.
Parents must contact the school and request that their child’s name is placed on the Waiting List. This can be done by telephone (School 01295 760610) or e-mail: culworthadmin@cb-cepa.org.
The Waiting List will be revised at the time of allocation of places, again in September, January and April.
At the time of allocation of places, parents must contact the school within 7 days to request that their child is placed on the Waiting List. If parents wish their child to remain on the Waiting List they must contact the school in September, January and April.
Parents should contact the school within 10 school days at the beginning of September, January and April. Any places which become available will be allocated after 10 school days at the beginning of September, January and April.

Please note that children who are the subject of a direction by the Local Authority to admit or who are allocated a place in accordance with a Fair Access protocol must take preference over those on the waiting list.

The Governing Body will deal with late applications after all ‘on time’ applications have been processed. Those refused a place due to the school having admitted up to the school published admission number (PAN) of 27 will be advised of their right to appeal.
In the case of over subscription we prioritise applications according to the above admission criteria, some of which relate to religious allegiance.If you wish your child to be considered under the religious criteria, please complete this form and
return it to the school as soon as possible.

SIF Form