Admissions arrangements

Our academies / schools seek to serve their local communities: they are inclusive welcoming children of the Christian Faith, of other faiths or of no faith, children from all backgrounds and of all abilities.

Peterborough Diocese Education Trust (PDET) is the admission authority for all of its academies / schools and has responsibility for setting the Admissions Policy. Each academy / school  has its own admission arrangements as part of the policy. This includes the criteria that will be applied if there are more applications than places available (the published admission number or PAN).

Consultation on Admission Arrangements for September 2023

All admission authorities are required to formally consult if they propose to make any changes to their admission arrangements for the following school year, or at least once every 7 years, even if there have been no changes during that period. We are currently consulting on our admission arrangements which will apply from September 2023 in relation to the following academies and are proposing the following changes:

  • Cottingham CE Primary: Addition of children of staff criterion.
  • Guilsborough CE Primary School: Reduction of PAN from 30 to 15
  • St Mary’s CE Primary Academy, Burton Latimer: Reduction of PAN from 60 to 45
  • Sywell CE Primary School: Removal of faith criteria naming specific churches and moved to PDET admission arrangements
  • William Law CE Primary School: Moved to PDET admission arrangements

The admission arrangements for these academies are also under consultation but do not include any proposed changes:

  • Cranford CE Primary School
  • Great Addington CE Primary School
  • Isham CE Primary School
  • Loddington CE Primary School
  • St James CE Primary School
  • St Lukes CE Primary School
  • Staverton CE Primary School

You can find the full proposed arrangements for all of these academies below.

The consultation period runs from 8th November to 19th December 2021. Should you wish to make any comments about the proposed arrangements you can do so by email to the Chair of Governors of the relevant academy. The contact details can be found on the academies’ website, accessible from here.


PDET Admissions Policy

You can view our current Admissions Policies using the links below.

Title Description Download
Admissions Policy 2021 / 2022 Date Reviewed February 2020 & July 2021 Download
Admissions Policy 2022 / 2023 Date Reviewed February 2021 & July 2021 Download

Two schools have joined our Trust since these policies were determined. You can find their admission arrangements on the following links:


Visiting an academy / school

If you would like to make an appointment to visit one of our academies / schools, please contact them directly to arrange this.


Making an application

How you make an application will depend on the year group and academy / school you are applying for.

Applying to start school

Applications to start a primary (including junior) academy / school for the first time must be made through the local authority where your child lives (regardless of which county your preferred academies / schools are in):  

Applications to join an academy / school during the school year, in any year group (known as ‘in year applications’) 

Applications for academies / schools within Northamptonshire should be made to either North Northamptonshire Council or West Northamptonshire Council (who coordinate the application process).

Applications for academies / schools within Rutland should be made directly to the academy / school.

Applications for academies / schools within Peterborough City should be made to Peterborough City Council (who coordinate the application process). 


Appeals timetable

If you have applied and been refused a place at one of our academies (in any year group), you are entitled to appeal against that decision.

Appeals for PDET academies are administered by The Diocese of Peterborough Education team. For more information on the process please see here

If you wish to appeal please contact the Appeals Administrator and ask for an appeals pack. Contact  .

The pack includes some explanatory notes about the process of Admission Appeals and a Notice of Appeal form that, should you decide to proceed with an appeal, will need to be completed and returned by email if possible, but if not, to the Diocesan Office instead.

Timetable for appeals 

In year admissions appeals are heard as soon as possible after receipt of the Notice of Appeal form. Decision letters are sent within five working days of the appeal hearing, subject to any unforeseen circumstances.

The timetable for September 2022 appeals will be published here before Primary Offer Day (19th April 2022).