Admissions Information

Changes to National Schools Admission Code, September 21

 In line with the changes and additions to the National Schools Admission Code, September 21, our admissions arrangements for Sept 22/23 and onwards follow and comply with these changes.

In Leicestershire primary and infant schools offer a school place for a child of four years of age from the autumn term following their fourth birthday. However, statutory school age is from the first term after your child’s fifth birthday. This means that:

  • A child turning 5 in the Autumn term must start school no later than from the start of the Spring term.
  • A child turning 5 in the Spring term must start school no later than from the start of the Summer term.
  • A child turning 5 in the Summer term must start school no later than the following Autumn term.

An application for a First Time Admission place in a primary school must be made to the Local Authority where you live, e.g. if you live within Leicestershire, you must complete their application form for primary school places. This form can be downloaded from the Leicestershire County Council Website.

Applications must be made by January 2022 for a school place when your child is due to start school for the first time in 2023 or moving from infant to junior school in 2023.

If you fail to name your catchment area school as one of your preferences a place will not automatically be offered at that school if all your other preferences are unsuccessful. This is because by then your catchment school may have been filled.

You can get advice from the School Admissions Service on telephone: 0116 305 6684, email admissions at and check out the Leicestershire County Council Website here.

You can also contact the catchment school direct and speak to someone there who could give you further information about First Time Admissions.

For transfers from other schools, we would advise a visit to the school and then application through the Local Authority, who will advise on available places.

Applying online is by far the easiest way to make an application and has many benefits. It is safe and secure and you get an email confirming your submittal. You can submit your online application here. .

It is important to complete the application form (either online or in paper form) with as much information as you can. Places are allocated using “Priority Criteria”. If there are too many requests, and schools Admission Numbers (AN) are exceeded priority will be given to children in the appropriate age-range, whose parents applied on time, in the following order:

1stChildren who are in public care and those children who were previously looked after children. (See note ii).
2ndPupils who live in the catchment area. (See note iii).
3rdPupils who will have an older brother or sister attending the same school at the same time. (See notes iv and v).
4thPupils who have a serious medical condition or exceptional social or domestic needs that make it essential they attend the school requested. (Professional documentation confirming the situation must be submitted with the application). (See note vi).
5thPupils who will have attended a feeder school for at least two years before the time of transfer. (See note vii).
6thPupils starting at an infant school with a sibling attending at the same time in the linked junior school. (See note iv). or Pupils transferring to high school who will have an older brother or sister attending the linked Upper school at the same time. (See note iv).
7thPupils basing their application on religious belief. (See note viii).
8thPupils living nearest to the school measured in a straight line distance (home to school front gate). (See note ix).

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i. Combinations of the above criteria are used where appropriate, in priority order.

ii. Children in care of a Local Authority and those children who were previously looked after children, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order) are considered under this criterion. In such circumstances a letter from the last Local Authority in which the child was in the care of will be required.

iii. The child’s place of residence is taken to be the parental home. Living in the catchment area does not guarantee you a place at your catchment school.

iv. The term “brother or sister” includes half brother or sister or legally adopted child being regarded as the brother or sister.

v. Regarding brothers or sisters who will be of sixth form age, these are counted as brother/ sister connections for criteria 3 or 6 above.

vi. If criterion 4 is used, professional supporting documentation from the Lead Professional must be supplied and must be submitted with the application. The following list are the areas that are considered exceptional:

  • Crown Servants
  • Children in the care of an LA
  • Children subject to Child Protection Plans
  • Hard to Place children – who fall under the Fair Access Protocol
  • Parents suffering domestic violence. (This is dependent on documentary evidence by a Lead Professional)
  • A child for whom transfer to the catchment area school would involve attending a different school until he/she is the right age for transfer. (This is dependent on the child having attended the present school for at least a year)

Each case will be assessed on its individual merits.

vii. For criterion 5 above, the child must have been enrolled at the feeder school on or before the start date of the autumn term two years before transfer.

viii. For criterion 7 above, a letter of support from your Minister or Religious Leader will be required explaining how the school caters for your faith.We always like to hear from parents who wish for their FTA child to attend our school. Although we cannot guarantee you a place at our school (this is done by the Local Authority) we can support you every step of the way and involve you as much as possible in the transition period.

The school’s catchment area is centred on the village of Asfordby. However, we have always accepted pupils from a much wider area. Families from Melton Mowbray are often attracted by our size, our Good rating from Ofsted and our green space. We are proud of our tradition of warmly welcoming pupils from outside the village. All children are part of our family once they walk through our gates for the first time.

We believe that being a small school means that we are better able to focus on making sure every child thrives in their own way. Larger schools are not for everyone, which is why we are always happy to welcome children from outside the village who would benefit from a more intimate education.

If you live outside the village and have any questions at all about how applying for a place with us might work, then do get in touch with the office.

In line with Leicestershire County Council’s variation to its admission arrangements, our admission number is capped to the school’s Publish Admission Number (PAN). Please see attached document for further details.

 Capped Admissions 2018

We hold numerous Open events, some just for parents and some with your children, and once you have been confirmed a place, we work closely with the pre schools, playgroups and nurseries in the local area to learn more about your child to enable them to get the best start possible to our school.

To contact the school please phone 01664812630 or email us on

We are currently still restricted in our ability to host live tours to prospective parents due to the current lockdown arrangements. We hope to meet you face to face very soon! Whilst waiting for this opportunity, please feel free to explore our school using this virtual tour