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Admission to St Ivo Academy

St Ivo Academy is one of the largest county comprehensive schools in Cambridgeshire with some 1,450 students in the 11 to 16 population and 300 students in the Sixth Form.

The published admission number (PAN) for St Ivo is 296. The school’s catchment area is Hemingford Abbots, Hemingford Grey, Holywell, Needingworth, St Ives and the dwellings on the Poultry Research Station at Houghton. Children living in the area of the following primary schools fall within the catchment area: Hemingford Grey, Holywell, Thorndown Primary, Westfield Junior and Wheatfields Primary.

The oversupscription criteria which are used for the allocation places from September 2019 are as follows:

Children whose statement of special educational needs or Education, Health and Care plan names the school will be admitted. NB. Those children with a statement of special educational needs or education health and care plan that does not name the school will be referred to the Statutory Assessment Team (S.A.T) 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 of members of staff provided they have been employed for a minimum of two years and/or are recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skills shortage (as defined by the Headteacher).
  3. 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.
  4. Children who live in the catchment area with a sibling at the school at the time of admission.
  5. Children who live in the catchment area who attend the primary schools within it.
  6. Children who live in the catchment area.
  7. Children who live outside the catchment area, who attend primary schools within it and who have a sibling at the school at the time of admission.
  8. Children who live outside the catchment area who have a sibling at the school at the time of admission.
  9. Children who live outside the catchment area who attend the primary schools within the catchment area.
  10. Children who live outside the catchment area, but nearest the school as measured by a straight line.

In cases of equal merit priority will go to children living nearest the school by shortest straight line distance.

Sibling is defined as children, usually brothers or sisters, aged between 4 and 16 (or up to age 19 whilst attending Astrea St Ivo Sixth Form), who live together in the same family unit.

Families of prospective Year 7 can click here to apply online for places at the school.

We follow the Local Authority’s admissions policy and procedures.

Contact details and further information about admissions can be found here on the Cambridgeshire County Council website.

Cambridge School Admissions

Transfer Process

  • During the year prior to entry, parents/carers of Year 6 students invited to spend part of a morning being shown around St Ivo School
  • An Open Evening is held in October, during which students and their parents/carers have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with all areas of the school
  • Visits to junior schools are made by the Head and Assistant Head of Year 7, and the Head of Learning Support, to discuss issues relating to student transfer
  • In July, new students will spend two full days at St Ivo, in their new form groups, and will meet their form tutors
  • On the evening of the first day, parents/carers are invited in to meet their children’s form tutors

For further information about the admissions and transfer process to Cambridgeshire Secondary schools, please visit the Cambridgeshire County Council website from which you can download leaflets etc for transition information and advice.