Admissions

Cambridgeshire Local Authority (LA) manages the school admissions process for children who live within, or are moving into Cambridgeshire for all maintained schools, including academies. Places are allocated in accordance with the Government's School Admissions Code, which ensures that school places are allocated in an open and fair way. Although the Local Authority officially deals with admissions, any parents wishing to apply for a place for their children can contact the school office and they will be happy to help you with the process, arrange a visit or meeting with the Head.
All current admissions information is available online:  www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/admissions
Admissions Team: CC1206, Castle Court, Castle Hill, Cambridge. CB3 0AP
Telephone: 0345 045 1370. Fax: 01223 72794. Email: admissions@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
 
Admission to Nursery (Early Years Centre)
In Cambridgeshire, a child is deemed to be of nursery age from the beginning of the term following their 3rd birthday. For this purpose, the terms are as follows:
              Autumn term –   1st September to 31st December;
              Spring term –      1st January to 31st March;
              Summer term –   1st April to 31st August.
 
Each nursery school or class has an agreed annual admissions limit and offers part-time education places only. A nursery will be full and thus a pupil should be refused admission if the admissions limit has been reached.
Parents may register their interest in a Nursery place at any time with the school office, but must formally apply for a place, using the LA nursery admission form. Information and application forms are available from the School, the County Council website and from the LA Admissions Team.
 
Any questions please contact the School office, office@swaffhambulbeck.cambs.sch.uk 
 
 
 
Admission to Reception
The following information is taken from the LA (local authority) guidelines:-
If you apply to and are allocated a place at a school that is not your catchment or nearest school, there is no guarantee that a younger brother or sister will be allocated a place at the school in the future and you will be responsible for any transport costs and arrangements.
It is important to note that there is no automatic transfer from one school to another, and there may also be occasions when a school is so oversubscribed in its catchment area that not all applications from children living in the catchment area may be met. The Cambridgeshire LA sets the admissions policy and criteria in consultation with the governing bodies of the schools involved. Attendance of a particular nursery or pre-school group on-site does not guarantee admission to the school - parents must still apply for Reception, and will be guaranteed no advantage over those who have not attended the nursery.
The school's PAN (Published Admissions Number) has to be considered - this is the actual number of places that the school can offer, taking into account the school's available accommodation.
Further information can be found on www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk concerning special admissions issues such as children with specific medical needs, or children who start school a year early or late. By law, your child is required to start school from the term after his or her 5th birthday. In Cambridgeshire, children can start school from the September term after their 4th birthday. This means that your child could start school in September if their birthday falls on or before August 31st that year. If you choose not to send your child to school until the following September, then your child will be placed according to their date of birth in Year 1, not reception. All children are entitled to full-time education in the 1st half-term they start school, but if you feel your child cannot cope with this, you need to discuss the possibility of extending part-time attendance with the Headteacher.
 
Applications for places in Reception 2019 will open in Autumn 2018. You will be able to apply online between 17th November 2018 and 15th January 2019. Alternatively, you will be able to complete the paper application form, copies of which will be available from the School office from late November 2018.
 
Induction
We provide the following opportunities during the year prior to entry to make your child’s introduction to school as welcoming as possible:
  • During year - invitations for children of pre-school age to be involved in activities at school, such as;
    • Teddy Bears Picnic.
    • Termly open mornings for new parents to visit the Early Years Centre and to meet with staff.
  • End of the Summer Term - three afternoon sessions for children to join their new class. This enables them to become familiar with the teachers, classroom and other children, ensuring a smooth entry in September.