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Catchment Area

Children living (1) in the areas served by the following primary schools: Coates, Park Lane, New Road, Alderman Jacobs,Heritage Park and Duke of Bedford, as indicated in the catchment area information.

Pupils will be admitted into Year 7 without reference to ability or aptitude. In 2022, the published admission number will be 180.

All preferences are treated equally. Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available, "the following criteria will be applied in the order set out below," to decide which children to admit: NB. Children who have a statement of special educational needs that names the college will be admitted. Those children with a statement of special educational needs that does not name the college will be referred to Student Assessment to determine an appropriate place.

  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, a resident order or special guardianship order.
  2. Children living in the designated catchment areas, attend one of the schools listed above and who have a sibling at the college at the time of admission. Parents may contact the LA if they are uncertain whether or not they reside in the catchment area.
  3. Children living in the designated catchment area and who have a sibling at the college at the time of admission.
  4. Children living in the designated catchment areas and attend one of the schools listed above.
  5. Children living in the designated catchment areas.
  6. Children who live outside the catchment area, who attend primary schools within it and who have a sibling (3) at the college at the time of admission.
  7. Children who live outside the catchment area who have a sibling at the college at the time of admission.
  8. Children who live outside the catchment area who attend the primary schools within the catchment area.
  9. Children who live outside the catchment area but are nearest the college when the distance between home and college measured in a straight line.

In cases of equal merit, priority will go to children living nearest the college according to the shortest distance. This is measured as a straight line from the reference point of the home to the main pupil entrance at the college.

  1. The home address is defined as the address of the adult with parental responsibility with whom the child normally lives and which applies at the time of application. Applications based on future addresses can only be considered up to six teaching weeks before the child is expected to take up the place and upon confirmation of a minimum of six month tenancy agreement or exchange of contracts.
  2. A map showing the catchment area and/or further information can be obtained from the college.
  3. A sibling is defined as another child of compulsory school age living in the same family home.

Access the Cambridgeshire County Council website, for details of how to apply for a place at Sir Harry Smith Community College.