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Admissions Policy: 2021-2022 Consultation

In accordance with the procedures detailed in the School Admissions Code (2014), Section 1.42 we are consulting on the Admissions Policy for Soham Village College.  This consultation with regard to changes to the school's Admissions Policy with run from 12 November 2019 and will conclude at midnight on Tuesday 24 December 2019.  

We would welcome your views on the proposed admissions arrangements, which introduce the following changes for admission from September 2021 for the academic year 2021 - 2022 and thereafter

  1. The amendment of criteria 2 - Children living in the area served by the following primary schools with a sibling already at the college at the time of admission - to add in The Shade Primary School.
  2. The amendment of criteria 4 - update of the definition of siblings.
  3. The insertion of a new criterion relating to the children of staff, to be criteria 6, as follows:
  • Priority will next be given to children of staff employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, or
  • The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

The proposed Admissions Policy for 2021-2022 can be found here.

Recipients are welcome to respond to this consultation by emailing comments relating to the proposed admissions arrangements as set out above to Mrs Kate Tye, Executive PA: admissionsconsultation@staploeeducationtrust.org.uk 

On conclusion of the consultation on 24 December 2019 all responses will be collated and presented to the Trust Board for full consideration.  The outcome will then be notified to all parents/carers by 27 January and the full report will be available on our website.

Admissions Process: 2019 - 2020

On this page you will find guidance of how to apply for places in Year 7 and how to approach a potential change of school. 

If the information below does not answer your questions please contact us on Admissions@soham-college.org.uk and we will do our best to assist you.  Enquires during school holidays will be answered when school reopens.

Applying for a place in Year 7 for a September 2020 start:

All applications for school places are made through Cambridgeshire County Council and must submitted by 31 October 2019.

In the event of us being over-subscribed, applications are allocated according to our over-subscription criteria:

Admission Criteria

  1. Children in care, also known as Looked After Children (LAC), and children who were looked after but ceased to be so by reason of adoption, resident order or special guardianship order;
  2. Children living in the area served by the following primary schools with a sibling already at the College at the time of admission:

          Burwell Village College (Primary); Fordham CofE(C) Primary School; Isleham CofE(C) Primary School; 

          Kennett CP School; St Andrew’s CofE(VC) Primary School, Soham; The Shade Primary School, Soham; and

          The Weatheralls CP School, Soham.

     3. Other children living in the area served by the primary schools listed in point 2;

4. The attendance of a sibling at the time of admission;

5. Children not living in the area served by, but who are attending, the primary schools listed in point 2

6. Children not living in the area served by the primary schools listed in point 2, but who live nearest the College  as  measured by a straight line.        

The distance, for admissions purposes, is measured using the straight line distance from the reference point of the home, as defined by the Ordnance Survey (OS), to the main student entrance of the College. In cases of equal merit, priority will go to children living nearest the school according to the shortest straight line distance. These distances are produced by the LA Admissions team for the school.

For families who live outside the area covered by the Cambridgeshire mapping system, distances are determined using a combination of local maps and on-line resources.

Children who have a statement of special educational needs that names the school will be admitted. N.B. Those children with a statement of special education needs that does not name the school will be referred to Student Assessment to determine an appropriate place.

More information and an application form can be found here: 
https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families/schools-&-learning/apply-for-a-school-place/secondary-school/

In-year applications (moving secondary schools)

These applications also cover starts in Year Groups other than Year 7. 

To enquire about a possible school move please contact us on admissions@soham-college.org.uk and we will do our best to advise you.  Enquires during school holidays will be answered when school reopens. 

More information and an application form can be found here: 

https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families/schools-&-learning/apply-for-a-school-place/in-year-applications-moving-schools/