Great and Little Shelford school consultation

In accordance with the Admission Code 2014, admissions authorities who wish to change their admissions criteria must put the proposed criteria out to consultation for at least 6 weeks.

Great and Little Shelford CofE (A) Primary School are undertaking such a consultation between November 30th 2020 and January 10th 2021.

The proposed changes to our admissions policy centre around church attendance and the wording of frequency and duration of church attendance. They also change the order of priority given to certain groups of applicants in our oversubscription criteria.

Comments may be directed to the Chair of Governors, Anna Caroe, or the school’s postal address.

Proposed Admissions Criteria September 2022

Great and Little Shelford Primary School is a Church of England Voluntary Aided Church School and as such welcomes all children from the local community and beyond who wish to attend a church school.

The school enjoys a close relationship with the two parish churches (and the local Free Church) to the mutual benefit of its families, the congregations and the wider community.

Priorities for admission

The published admission number for the school is 30. If the number of children applying for entry exceeds the available 30 places in a year group, we apply the criteria set out below in order to determine whether a child will be offered a place or not. Although it is our wish to allow parents/guardians the right to have a place at the school of their choice this is not always possible. All preferences are treated equally.

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 educational needs that does not name the school will be referred to Student Assessment to determine an appropriate place.

In the event of oversubscription, places will be offered in the following order of priority:

  1. Children in Care, previously known as Looked After Children (LAC)1, and children who were previously Children in Care but ceased to be so by reason of adoption, a residence order (now known as a child arrangement order) or a special guardianship order.

  2. Children who appear to have been in state care outside of England and cease to be in state care as a result of being adopted.2

3. Children living in the parishes of Great and Little Shelford3 using the following criteria in order:

a) Children with a sibling4 at the school at the time of admission.

b) Children whose families attend public worship at St Mary’s Church, Great Shelford or All Saints Church, Little Shelford regularly (e.g. monthly or more frequently) and have done so for a period of one year5 before the National Closing Date for applications.

c) Children whose families attend public worship at any other Christian church6 regularly (e.g. monthly or more frequently) and have done so for a period of one year5 before the National Closing Date for applications.

d) Children living closest to the school according to the shortest straight line distance7.

4. Children living outside the parishes of Great and Little Shelford3 using the same criteria and order as in 3) above.

Under criteria 3 and 4 above, applications made under sub-sections b) and c) must be supported by the completion of the school’s Supplementary Information Form.


1 A Child in Care is a child who is in the care of a local authority in England, or is being provided with accommodation by a local authority in England in the exercise of their social services functions.

2 A child is regarded as having been in state care in a place outside of England if they were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation or any other provider of care whose sole purpose is to benefit society.

3 See Primary Catchments under Schools and Learning in My Maps at:

4 The school adopts the LA definition, which defines siblings as children, usually brothers or sisters, aged between 4 and 16, who live together in the same family unit.

5 In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these admissions arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship.

6 'Christian church' means a church which is designated as such, nationally by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, or locally by the diocesan bishop, or which is a member of Churches Together in England, or affiliated to the Evangelical Alliance, or a Partner Church of Affinity.

7 The distance, for admissions purposes, is measured using the straight line distance from the reference point of the home to the reference point of the school both as determined by the Ordnance Survey (OS) Address Base Premium ™. 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. In the event of (a) two or more children living at the same address point (e.g. children resident in a block of flats) or (b) two addresses measuring the same distance from the school, the ultimate tiebreaker will be random selection, witnessed by a Council officer, independent of the Admissions Team.

Posted Nov 30 2020