St Bede's Inter-Church School

St Bede’s Inter-Church School

“Cum Deo - With God”  •  Cambridge
Ofsted Outstanding

Admissions Criteria & Procedures

St Bede’s Inter-Church School is a joint Church of England/Roman Catholic foundation, and its purpose is to serve Church of England and Roman Catholic families who live within travelling distance of the school.  If there is room, the school also welcomes pupils from committed Christian families of other denominations and from families of other faiths who accept the aims and ethos of this Christian school.  The governing body of St Bede’s Inter-Church School is the admission authority for the school. This means that it is the governing body that sets and applies the admissions policy for the school.  All decisions regarding the admission of children into the school are made by a sub-committee of the governing body.

For admission into Year 7 each September, the Local Authority, on behalf of the governing body, will offer places to 180 children.  This is the Published Admission Number (PAN) for that year group. In the event that more than 180 applications are received, the oversubscription criteria will be applied to determine priority for places.

All preferences will be treated equally, but first priority will be given to Looked after children and children who were previously look after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order(1). Children who appear to the admission Authority to have been in state care (ie. in the care of or accommodated by a public authority, religious organization or any other provider whose sole/main purpose is to benefit society) outside of England but ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted only(2). Any child with an Education, Health and Care Plan .                                                                                                                

1. Children from Church of England / Roman Catholic families whose application is supported(3) by their priest or minister                             

2. Children from families belonging to other Churches that are members of ‘Churches Together in Britain and Ireland’ or the Evangelical Alliance whose application is supported(3) by their priest or minister.         

3. Children from families belonging to other Christian churches whose application is supported(3) by their Church minister or leader.                  

4. Children from families practising other world faiths whose application is supported(3) by their spiritual leader.                                                           

5. Children from other families in sympathy with the aims and ethos of this Christian school.                                                                                              

Within each of the above categories, priority will be given firstly to those children who at the time of admission have a sibling(4) at the school, and then to those children who live nearest to the school(5).

Oversubscription priority may be given to the children of members of staff provided they have been employed at St Bede's Inter-Church School for a minimum of two years and/or are recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrative skills shortage.

The application process for admissions into Year 7 is co-ordinated by Cambridgeshire Local Authority (LA), which acts on behalf of the governing body to offer places at the school. Parents should submit a Common Application Form, available from their child's primary school or from the LA Admissions Team, no later than 31st October. Offer letters will be issued by the LA in March. Late applications (those submitted between November and September) will be handled by the LA Admissions Team.

All parents wishing to apply under the school's religious criteria must also complete the Supplementary Information Form. This must be returned to the school by the LA application deadline or, for mid-phase applications, at the same time as the school's application form is submitted.

(1) A looked after child 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 are accommodated by a public authority, a religious organization or any other provider of care whose sole purpose is to benefit society.

(3) Support is defined as the family's Christian commitment being recognized within the parish of the priest or minister. The school may seek further clarififcation from the priest or minister if such recognition is unclear.

(4) Sibling is defined as a child either living in the same home or blood-related but living at a different address.

(5) Distance to school within Cambridgeshire is measured as a straight line from the reference point of the home address to the reference point of the school as determined by OS AddressBase Premium.


Applying for a place for the start of Year 7

There are two separate steps in the application process for admission to St Bede's.

1. Apply for a place at St Bede's through the Cambridgeshire Local Authority

2. Apply directly to St Bede's using the Supplementary Information Form (see the Forms section below)

The application process for admissions into Year 7 is coordinated by Cambridgeshire Local Authority, which acts on behalf of the governing body to offer places at the school.

Please see the Local Authority website concerning making an application:

Applications must be received by 31st October.  Letters offering places for the start of Year 7 are sent to families in March each year.

Applications received after 31st October will be handled directly by the Local Authority.

Parents applying to St Bede’s should also complete a Supplementary Information Form. This must be returned to St Bede’s by the Local Authority deadline.  


Applying for a place at any other time

To apply for a place after the start of term or in any other year group, please contact the school or the LA Admissions team for an application form. LA Admissions team contact 01223 717391 / 01223 or email

Please also complete a Supplementary Information Form (see Forms section below) and send it directly to St Bede's at the same time as you submit your application to the Local Authority.

Where the Local Authority is unable to meet any of the school preferences you have identified on the application from, a place will be offered to your child at the nearest alternative school with places available.

Secondary school admissions website:

Applying for a place with an EHCP website:  



Any child who is refused a place at the school has a right of appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel. The panel is made up of three people who are independent of the governing body and the local authority. They will take into consideration all the circumstances of the case put before them, and any decision they make is binding on the governing body and the parents concerned. Any parent wishing to appeal should put their case in writing to Cambridgeshire Country Council using the following link.

When an application is refused, the child’s details are automatically placed on a reserve list for the year group, ranked according to the oversubscription criteria. As part of the coordinated scheme for primary admissions, Cambridgeshire Local Authority holds the initial reserve list on behalf of the governing body until the end of the autumn term in the initial year of intake. The governing body then manages the reserve list until the end of the autumn term. Where a mid-year application is received, the child’s details will be held on a reserve list by the governing body for a minimum period of one term following the term of application.

Parents will be contacted immediately if a place becomes available for their child, but should be aware that their child’s place on a reserve list may change if an application is subsequently received that meets a higher oversubscription criterion than their own.



If your child is applying for entry into Year 7 in September 2021, please complete the following form and return it directly to St Bede's: 


Supplementary Information Form for Year 7 admission Sept 2023

If your child is applying for entry at any other time or for any other Year Group, please use the relevant form below and return it directly to St Bede's:  

Supplementary Information Form for admissions into Year 8 

Supplementary Information Form for admission into Year 9

Supplementary Information Form for admission into Year 10 or Year 11

If your child is moving to a different school, please complete the form below and submit it to us:

Parental Request for Student Leaving St Bede’s