School Information


North Cambridge Academy welcomes your application and the admissions policy is set out below. We have a pupil admission number (pan) each academic year of 150 pupils. We currently admit approximately 85 pupils per year group and this allows us to ‘know every child’ and personalize the curriculum to ensure every child achieves the very best outcomes. In the future we will have the capacity for 700 pupils and the expectation, due the expansion of Cambridge, is that all places will be filled within the next few years.

If you would like an individual tour of the school or the opportunity to discuss applying to NCA, please do contact us.

  1. Introduction.
    1.1    These arrangements are established in accordance with Annex 1 of the Academy’s Supplemental Funding Agreement.
    1.2    The Academy provides for pupils aged 11-16 and has a single Normal Point of Entry, at the start of the Year 7 school year.  Applications for admission at the normal point of admission will be co-ordinated by Cambridgeshire C
    ounty Council in accordance with its common application procedures and Paragraphs 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 below.  Arrangements for late admission into Year 7 and for admission to other year groups will be co-ordinated by the Academy’s Governing Body in accordance with paragraphs 7, 8 and 9 below.
  2. Admission Number
    2.1    The Academy’s Published Admission Number is set at 150, and at least 150 pupils will be admitted each year to Year 7 at the Normal Point of Entry provided sufficient eligible applications have been received.  Where fewer than 150 applications have been received, all applicants will be admitted.
  3. Ordinary Applications for the Normal Point of Entry
    3.1    Application for admission to Year 7 should be made to the local authority in whose area the applicant is normally resident by the closing date of October 31st of the preceding year.
    3.2    Applications will be co-ordinated by Cambridgeshire County Council who will consult as required with the Academy’s Governing Body.
    3.3    Places will be offered to all successful applicants by Cambridgeshire County by March 1st.  Where the Academy is oversubscribed, places will be awarded on the basis of the oversubscription criteria set out in Paragraph 6 below.
  4. Late Applications for the Normal Point of Entry
    4.1    Applications received after the closing date and before the Normal Point of Entry will be dealt with by Cambridgeshire County in accordance with its procedures for late applications, after places have been awarded to ordinary applications.
    4.2    Where the Academy is oversubscribed as a result of late applications, these applications will be judged according to the oversubscription criteria.
    4.3    Places will be offered to successful applicants by March 1st or as soon as possible thereafter and in any case before September 1st.
  5. Acceptance of Offer of a Place5.1    Where an offer is made, the applicant should be notified that they have four weeks in which to accept the offer.  Where an offer is not accepted by the applicant in writing within four weeks, the Academy’s Governing Body reserves the right to withdraw the offer and the offer of a place to be made to the next applicant on the waiting list.
  6. Oversubscription Criteria
    6.1    The Academy will admit children with a statement of special educational needs which names the Academy as the appropriate school for the child.
    6.2    Remaining places will be allocated according to the following criteria, in order of priority:i) A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence, 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 their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).ii) Children normally resident within the Academy’s defined catchment area with a sibling on roll at the point of admissioniii) Children normally resident within the Academy’s defined catchment areaiv) Children with a sibling on roll at the point of admissionv) Other childrena) A map of the Academy’s defined catchment area is shown on the County Council’s website.b) Where places are oversubscribed within any of the above groups, priority will be given to children living nearest to the Academy as measured by a horizontal straight line between the Academy’s main entrance and the front door of the dwelling (e.g. house or flat) at which the child is normally resident.c) A sibling is defined as a brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer’s partner, and in every case the child must be normally resident in the same family unit at the same address.d) An offer will not be made to one child normally resident in a particular household unless offers are equally made to the other co-resident children, provided applications have been submitted for all of the children at the same time.  In such exceptional circumstances, the number of offers may consequently exceed the Academy’s Published Admission Number.
  7. Waiting List
    7.1    Where the Academy is oversubscribed for the Normal Point of Admission, all unsuccessful applicants will be placed on the waiting list which will be administered by Cambridgeshire County Council up to the Normal Point of Admission and thereafter by the Academy’s Governing Body, their position in the waiting list determined by application of the oversubscription criteria.
    7.2 When a vacancy arises it will be offered to the next applicant on the waiting list.  Paragraph 5 will apply in respect of acceptance of any places offered in this way.7.3    Parents of children remaining on the waiting list at December 31st in the case of Year 7 or August 31st in any case will be contacted to clarify whether they wish to remain on the list.
  8. Within-Year Applications for Admission
    8.1    Throughout the period September to December inclusive during Year 7, and at the start of the school year for all other year groups, the Academy will continue to offer places to applicants until the roll reaches 150.
    8.2    At other times – that is, for applications received during the course of the academic year – where there are fewer than 150 pupils on roll in the relevant year group, the Governing Body will determine the maximum number of pupils that can be admitted to that year group for the remainder of the year, taking into account the size of teaching groups, the efficient use of available resources and any Fair Access Protocol agreed by the Academy with Cambridgeshire County Council.
    8.3    If the Year Group is oversubscribed a waiting list will be created.  If a place becomes vacant it will be allocated according to the criteria outlined in 6.2 above.
    8.4    Information from previous schools will be requested for all applicants.
    8.5    Should this information cause concern to the Principal, they will present the case to the LGB Admissions Sub-Committee.  Where the Local Governing Body Admissions Committee does not wish to admit a child with challenging behaviour outside the normal admissions round, even though places are available, it will refer the case to the local authority for action under the Fair Access Protocol. A letter will be sent withdrawing the place, and offering the opportunity to appeal against this decision.  This will not apply to a looked after child, a previously looked after child or a child with a statement of special educational needs naming the school in question, as these children must be admitted.