Responsibility for the administration of the coordinated admissions process lies with the Local Authority. The pupil admission number will rise to 270 in September 2019. Last year we received 372 applications of which 252 were first preference.
Further information about the application process is available from the Admissions Team on 0345 045 1370 or by visiting the Cambridgeshire County Council website here.
Our Catchment area
The College’s catchment area is defined as the area served by the following Primary schools:Bottisham, Burwell, Cheveley, Kettlefields (Dullingham / Stetchworth villages), Fen Ditton, Fulbourn, Great Wilbraham, Teversham, Swaffham Bulbeck, and Swaffham Prior.
Children who have a statement of special educational needs that names the college will be admitted.
N.B. Those children with a statement of special educational needs that do not name the college will be referred to the Statutory Assessment and Resources (STAR) Team to determine an appropriate place.
- Children in care, also Looked After Children (LAC) and children who looked after but ceased to be so by reason of adoption, a resident order or special guardianship order.
- Children who live in the catchment area, attend primary schools within the catchment area and who have a sibling at the college at the time of admission.
- Children who live in the catchment area with a sibling at the college at the time of admission.
- Children who live in the catchment area who attend the primary schools within it.
- Children who live in the catchment area.
- Children who live outside the catchment area, who attend primary schools within it and who have a sibling at the college at the time of admission.
- Children who live outside the catchment area who have a sibling at the college at the time of admission.
- Children who live outside the catchment area who attend the primary schools within the catchment area.
- Children who live outside the catchment area, but nearest the college as measured by a straight line.
In cases of equal merit, priority will go to children living nearest the college by shortest straight line distance.
Year 7 joining the college in September 2019
- 4th October 2018 - Open Evening 6pm – 8pm: an introduction to the college, tour of the facilities, displays of work, opportunities to meet staff and students and to try some activities. Parents and year 6 pupils welcome.
- 31st October 2018 - National deadline for applications to the Cambridgeshire County Council Admissions Office.
- 1st March 2019 - Official notification from the Cambridgeshire County Council Admissions Office is sent to all parents/carers who are offered a place.
- May and June 2019 - Senior college staff visit feeder primary schools to meet and talk to those pupils coming to Bottisham and to their teachers.
- May 2019 - Parents/carers of those coming in September receive our welcome pack with information about the college and are asked for information about their child.
- 8th July 2019 - Information evening for parents/carers of those transferring; an opportunity to meet the form teacher and other key staff.
- 8th & 9th July 2019 - Year 6 pupils spend two days with us, meeting their new form group, attending lessons and enjoying school lunch.
Each year a number of our students come from outside our area - from Cambridge, Newmarket and neighbouring villages. The number of additional places varies from year to year, depending on the size of the year group living in our area. Interested parents/carers should contact the Admissions Team at Shire Hall and complete the preference form accordingly.
At other times of the year (all year groups)
Please contact the Admissions Team at Shire Hall to check availability of numbers and to begin the admissions process. We are always very pleased to meet with parents/carers to discuss admission arrangements and to show you around our facilities in order to help you to make your decision.
Students living within the catchment area and more than three miles from the College are entitled to travel free on a bus. If you live out of catchment, parents are responsible for transporting their children to and from school as no transport is provided. eg: Many students who live in Cambridge travel to and from the College on a service bus.