Cromwell Secondary Phase

An all through school in Cambridgeshire



Admissions to Cromwell

Secondary education

  • Year 7 – age 11

Post 16 Education

  • Year 12 – age 16


How to apply

The application process for Admissions into year 7 is coordinated by Cambridgeshire local authority (LA), which acts on behalf of the governing body at Cromwell to offer places at the college.

You will need to apply online through Cambridgeshire LA or submit an application form via your primary school.

Click HERE for more information on a place in year 7 (primary transition).

Click HERE for further admissions information and to contact our local authority or Tel: 0345 0451370.

Click HERE for a Sixth Form application form.


In-year applications (moving schools) 

In-year applications are considered for year 7- year 13. These can be applied for any time during the year. You will need to complete an application form, which is available online from the LA, and return it to their admissions team.  Once received they will contact us to determine the availability of a school place.

If a place is available for your child, you will be notified in writing. You will then be asked to contact us direct, to arrange an admission interview at a time suited to both yourself and the school.

If a place is not available here, a place will be offered to you at the nearest alternative school with available spaces.

To apply for an in-year application, or for further admissions information please contact our local authority Cambridgeshire County Council, Tel:  0345 0451370.


How places are offered

For admission into Year 7 each September, the LA, on behalf of the Governing Body, will offer places to 210 children. This is the Published Admission Number (PAN) for that year group. In the event that more than 210 applications are received, the over subscription criteria will be applied to determine priority for places. 

All preferences are treated equally. Children who have a statement of special educational needs, or Education, Health and Care Plan, that does not name the school will be referred to the Statutory Assessment and Resources (STAR) Team to determine an appropriate place.

Click HERE to see Secondary School Preferences and Allocations 2019-2020.


Admissions criteria for 2019 intake onwards

Children who have a statement of special educational needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) that names Cromwell Community College will be admitted as a priority.  NB: Those children with a statement of special educations needs or EHCP that does not name the school will be referred to the LA SEN Team to determine an appropriate place.

Children who have a statement of special educational or an EHCP fall outside the ordinary admissions system and therefore do not feature within the oversubscription criteria which applies when more pupils than the PAN for the school apply for a place at the usual age of admission.

In the event of a year group being oversubscribed, and after the admission of pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an EHCP where the school is named, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in order: 

    1. A ‘looked after child’ or child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements, or special guardianship order.  A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of its social services functions (see definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989.
    2. Children with a sibling attending the school at the time of application who is reasonably expected to still be attending the school at the proposed time of admission
    3. Other children by distance from the school with priority for admission being given to those who live nearest to the school as measured by a straight line.

In cases of equal merit, priority will go to children living nearest the school according to the shortest straight-line distance as mentioned above in point 6.

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.

    1. Sibling means any child of compulsory school age living in the same family unit - Age (11-16) Year (7 -11)
    2. Home address means the place the child resides for the majority of school nights with an adult who has parental responsibility. 

Click HERE to see the Admission Arrangements for Cromwell Community College for 2021-2022.


Right to Appeal

If your child has been refused a place at Cromwell, you have the right to appeal to an independent appeals panel. 

Please use the following documents for your right to appeal:

Appeal Timetable 2020

Appeal Timetable 2021

ALT Appeal form

If you would like to arrange a school tour or have any further questions related to in-year admissions please contact Mrs Terry our Admissions Officer on 01354 692193 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A tour of the school is not an interview and therefore will not affect any decision regarding the availability of a place.