Admission arrangements

Our academies / schools seek to serve their local communities: they are inclusive welcoming children of the Christian Faith, of other faiths or of no faith, children from all backgrounds and of all abilities.

Peterborough Diocese Education Trust (PDET) is the admission authority for all of its academies / schools and has responsibility for setting the Admissions Policy. Each academy / school  has its own admission arrangements as part of the policy. This includes the criteria that will be applied if there are more applications than places available (the published admission number or PAN).

Consultation on Admission Arrangements for September 2025

All admission authorities are required to formally consult if they propose to make any changes to their admission arrangements for the following school year, or at least once every 7 years, even if there have been no changes during that period. We are currently consulting on our admission arrangements which apply from September 2025 in relation to the following academies and are proposing the following changes:

  • Oundle CE Primary - addition of children of staff (criterion 4). 
  • Ryhall CE Academy – reprioritisation of children of staff to criterion 2 and removal of need for sibling to be older (criterion 5).  
  • Silverstone CE Primary  – separation of linked area criterion to give those also with a sibling priority (criterion 2) and addition of children of staff (criterion 5).  
  • Staverton CE Primary – reprioritisation of siblings to criterion 2, addition of children of staff (criterion 3), removal of social and medical needs criterion.  
  • Weldon CE Primary - reprioritisation of siblings to criterion 2.
  • Welford, Sibbertoft & Sulby Endowed School - reprioritisation of siblings to criterion 2. 

The admission arrangements for these academies are also under consultation but do not include any proposed changes:

  • Freemans Endowed CE Junior
  • Greens Norton CE Primary
  • Loddington CE Primary
  • Pytchley CE Primary
  • Ringstead CE Primary

You can find the full proposed arrangements for all of these academies below.

The consultation period runs from 13th November to 31st December 2023. Should you wish to make any comments about the proposed arrangements you can do so by email to:  or by contacting the Chair of Governors of the relevant academy.   


Current Trust Admission Policies

You can view our current Admissions Policies using the links below.

Title Description Download
pdf Admissions Policy 2023 / 2024 Date reviewed: February 2022 Download
pdf Admissions Policy 2024 / 2025 Date reviewed: February 2023 Download

Visiting an academy / school

If you would like to make an appointment to visit one of our academies / schools, please contact them directly to arrange this.


Making an application

How you make an application will depend on the year group and academy / school you are applying for.

Applying to start school

Applications to start a primary (including junior) academy / school for the first time must be made through the local authority where your child lives (regardless of which county your preferred academies / schools are in):  

Applications to join an academy / school during the school year, in any year group (known as ‘in year applications’) 

Applications for academies / schools within Northamptonshire should be made to either North Northamptonshire Council or West Northamptonshire Council (who coordinate the application process).

Applications for academies / schools within Rutland should be made directly to the academy / school.

Applications for academies / schools within Peterborough City should be made to Peterborough City Council (who coordinate the application process). 


Appeals timetable

If you have applied and been refused a place at one of our academies (in any year group), you are entitled to appeal against that decision.

Appeals for PDET academies are administered by The Diocese of Peterborough Education team. For more information on the process please see here. 

If you wish to appeal please contact the Appeals Administrator by emailing and ask for an appeals pack. 

The pack includes some explanatory notes about the process of Admission Appeals and a Notice of Appeal form that, should you decide to proceed with an appeal, will need to be completed and returned by email if possible, but if not, to the Diocesan Office instead.

In year admission appeals

In year admissions appeals are heard as soon as possible after receipt of the Notice of Appeal form. Decision letters are sent within five working days of the appeal hearing, subject to any unforeseen circumstances.

September 2024 applications

The appeals timetable will be published here once available.