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In Year transfers

Applications for in year transfers to St Michael's Church School can be made through the Peterborough City Council website - In Year Admissions.

If you would like a tour of our school then please contact the school office team on 01733 306778 who will be happy too arrange this for you. If you have an questions or queries. Peterborough City Council Website - Starting Reception. 

New to Reception 2024

If your child was born between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020 and have yet to apply for your child's place, please apply now via Peterborough City Council Website - Starting Reception.  Closing date for applications is 15th January with offers being made on 16th April. 

We are pleased to announce that we be hosting our open evening for parents of new starters. This will be held on Thursday 6th June at 6.30pm.  Parents will have the opportunity to view the school, meet the team, taste our amazing lunchtime menu, order uniform and much much more..

Who is responsible for admissions to our school?

The Ely Diocesan Board of Education, in consultation with the Parochial Church Council of St Michael’s Parish Church, appoint a majority of the Governors. The local council and the school staff are also represented on the governing body. As an aided school, the governing body is the admissions authority. Therefore, the Governing Body sets and applies the admissions policy for the School. All decisions regarding the admission of children into our school are made by a sub-committee of the Governing Body.

How do I apply for a place for my child?

The application process for admissions into the Reception Year (initial year of entry) is co-ordinated by the Local Authority (LA), which acts on behalf of the Governing Body to offer places at our school. Parents should submit the online application form, available through the LA Admissions Team website linked below. If successful, offer letters will be issued by the LA. Late applications (those submitted between the deadline and the end of the first week of the autumn term) will also be handled by the LA Admissions Team. To apply for a place after the start of term or in any other year group, please contact the LA Admissions Team.

Can I visit the school before applying?

Parents wishing to visit the school prior to submitting an application are welcome to do so, though it may not always be possible to organise this at short notice. Visits are not interviews and do not affect any decision regarding the availability of a place. Please contact the school office to make arrangements. All parents are advised to read the LA booklet for parents on primary admissions.

How are places offered?

For admission into the Reception Year in September, the LA, on behalf of the Governing Body, will offer places to 60 children. This is the Published Admission Number (PAN) for that year group. In the event that more than 60 applications are received, the oversubscription criteria will be applied to determine priority for places. All preferences will be treated equally, regardless of whether they are first, second or third preferences. For children with an Education, Health and Care Plan (or Statement of Special Educational Need) or social circumstances where these needs can be best met at our school, written professional supporting evidence must be provided. A professionally qualified person such as a medical doctor, psychologist or social worker must set out in writing the particular reasons why this school will best meet the needs of the child and the difficulties which would be caused if the child had to attend an alternative school.

What is the over-subscription criteria?

Where applications exceed the Pupil Admission Number (PAN), places will be allocated in order to: 1.A “looked after child” or a child who has previously been looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship. A looked after child is a child who is in the care of the local authority, or 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 living in catchment who have siblings attending the school at the time of admission; 3.Children living in catchment who normally attend a church in Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, and whose parents are practising members of that church and attend at least monthly; 4.Children living in catchment; 5.Children living outside catchment who normally attend St Michael’s Church, and whose parents are practising members of that church and attend at least monthly; 6.Children living outside catchment who normally attend a church in Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, and whose parents are practising members of that church and attend at least monthly; 7.Children living outside catchment who have siblings attending the school at the time of admission; 8.Children living outside catchment, but nearest the school according to the shortest straight-line distance. In cases of equal merit, priority will go to children living nearest the school according to the shortest straight-line distance. For Years 1-2, the PAN is 60. If a place becomes available it will be offered to the child at the top of the reserve list for the year group or, if no reserve list exists, the place will be offered to the first child for whom an application is received. For Years 3 to 6 (2016-2017), the PAN is 60. The Governing Body may admit over the PAN in A map and/or further information is available from the school. The address used for the purpose of admission is the home address at the time of application. Application based on future addresses can only be considered up to 6 teaching weeks before the child is expected to take up the place and upon confirmation of tenancy or exchange of contracts. Parents applying on religious grounds must complete a supplementary information form – available from the school, confirming – membership of the church, the family’s general attendance, length and degree of involvement in the life and work of the church and the parents’ commitment to a Christian upbringing of their children. This form must be countersigned by the church leader. 3 A sibling is defined as another child of compulsory school age living in the same family home.


If your child is not offered a place here at St Michael's you have the right to appeal the decision through Peterborough City Council Admissions Department. Please click on the following link: School admissions appeals - Peterborough City Council

Secondary School Applications

The first admissions round has now closed (deadline 31 October 2023) if you submitted your application during the first round you will receive your offer on 1 March 2024. If you have not applied, or are making an amendment you can submit a late application before the deadline of 31 March 2024. You will receive your offer on 27 April 2024. Applications received after the 1 April 2024 will be individually considered in date order.

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