ADMISSIONS: Who will join Northstowe Secondary College?

Cohort Current Position for children living in Longstanton & Northstowe 
 Year  6 (2018 – 2019) Students join the new Northstowe secondary school in September 2019. 2019 – 2020 is first Year 7 in the new school.

All children moving into Northstowe or Longstanton who are currently (in academic year 2018 – 2019) in Year 7 or above will attend Swavesey Village College. 

As a Local Authority Maintained school, Cambridgeshire County Council is responsible for establishing the Admission Criteria and over subscription criteria for Northstowe Secondary College. The responsibility for the administration of the Admissions process remains with the Local Authority.

The advertised admissions limit for Northstowe Secondary College is 120.

Catchment Area from September 2019:
Children living in the area served by the following primary schools fall within the catchment area:

  • Hatton Park Primary School (Longstanton)
  • Pathfinder Primary School (Northstowe)

This area will also include those children living within the wider development of Northstowe who fall outside the catchment of these two named primary schools as the town grows.
Applications to Northstowe that exceed 120 will be allocated on the basis of the College’s published over subscription criteria (see below).

Oversubscription Criteria

NSC follows the oversubscription criteria of Cambridgeshire County Council as set out below:
Children who have a statement of special educational needs that names the school will be admitted. NB. Those
children with a statement of special educational needs that does not name the school will be referred to Student
Assessment and Resources (STAR) Team 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 residence order or a special guardianship order;
2. Children who live in the catchment area, attend primary schools within the catchment area and who have
a sibling at the school at the time of admission;
3. Children who live in the catchment area with a sibling at the school at the time of admission;
4. Children who live in the catchment area who are attending the primary schools within it;
5. Children who live in the catchment area;
6. Children who live outside the catchment area, who are attending primary schools within it and who have
a sibling at the school at the time of admission;
7. Children who live outside the catchment area who have a sibling at the school at the time of admission;
8. Children who live outside the catchment area who are attending the primary schools within the
catchment area;
9. Children who live outside the catchment area, but nearest the school as measured by a straight line.
In cases of equal merit in each set of criteria, priority will go to children living nearest the school as measured by a
straight line. The distance, for admissions purposes, is measured using the straight line distance from
the centre point of the home to the main pupil entrance to the school. 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.

Consultation of Admission Arrangements 2020-2021

Annual consultation of Admission Arrangements for admission in 2020 – 2021

The School Admissions Regulations 2012 requires that the Academy Trust, (Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust) as the admission authority for the following schools, consults with all interested parties where there are any proposed changes to the arrangements for admission to the school, or as a minimum at least once every seven years.

  • Swavesey Village College
  • Northstowe Secondary College
  • North Cambridge Academy

In accordance with these regulations, the Academy Trust will be consulting on the following admission arrangements between 19 November 2018 and 13 January 2019.

We would welcome your views on the proposed admission arrangements, which introduce the following change to the schools listed above within CMAT:

  • In the academic year 2020-2021 there will be an addition to the oversubscription criteria in that the second highest priority will be :

Children who appear to the school to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted

This criterion is being introduced at the request of the Minister of State for School Standards who issued a directive in August 2018 for all schools to make this change.

Objections to any of the proposed arrangements, or requests for further information about these proposed arrangements should be received no later than 23:59 on Sunday 13th January 2019 and should be addressed to;

Policy and Operations Manager

Cambridgeshire County Council

School Admissions Team,

Box OCT 1221, Second Floor Octagon,

Shire Hall

Castle Hill,


CB3 0AP or by email to:

The Local Authority has also been asked to publish these consultation documents on behalf of the Academy Trust.  Further information can be found on the Cambridgeshire County Council website


To prepare Year 6 children for transfer to Northstowe Secondary College a transition programme will be provided.
This will be managed by our Head of School. Initially the children will be visited in their primary schools by our
team of staff and this will be followed by a three day induction programme at the end of the summer term.
During this time those students with additional needs will be supported by our Achievement Support
On entry to the School each student will be placed in a House and tutor group. Tutor groups will eventually be
based on a vertical system. Initially Tutor groups will consist of a maximum of 20 students and provide a point of
contact each morning for every individual with their Tutor. Each Tutor will be given an hour week of tutorial time
to meet with individual students 1:1 at least once per half term. This will maximise the academic guidance and
pastoral support that individual students will receive. Teaching groups will of course be based on the usual year
system. Placement of students will depend upon primary school guidance.
The tutor-student relationship will focus on the individual and have a strong emphasis on raising academic
achievement and taking full benefit of the opportunities that the college has to offer. We strongly believe that all
students are of equal worth and we have a responsibility to meet their individual needs.
We very much look forward to receiving your child at Northstowe Secondary College.