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The Brooke Weston Trust is consulting on changes to its Admissions Policy. The consultation period will end on 20 December 2019. Further details, including how to feed back your views, are available here


Year 7 September 2020 Admissions

National Offer Day - March 1st 2020

To apply for a place in Year 7 in 2020, parents/carers will need to apply through the Cambridgeshire County Council admissions process (families living outside of Cambridgeshire need to apply via their own local authority). All parents/carers are required to complete the Local Authority Common Preference Form in accordance with the established timelines. Further details and application forms can be found on the Cambridgeshire County Council website. We advise that all interested parents/carers visit the academy if they are interested in applying. 

Queries should be directed to Cambridgeshire County Council's Admissions Team on 01223 699200 or 01223 699662.

If once you have received notification from the local authority, your child has been unsuccessful in obtaining a place at the Thomas Clarkson Academy, you are entitled to appeal that decision. If you wish to appeal, please visit our appeal section for more information. 

See TCA's Admission Policy for 2019/20 and 2020/21 at the bottom of this page.

Timetable for September 2020 admissions 

Closing dates for applications: 5pm, Thursday 31st October 2019
Offers made:

Monday 2nd March 2020

(Norfolk County Council - offers sent out by post on March 1st)

Thomas Clarkson Academy will consider all applications for places. If the Academy receives more applications than it has spaces and after the students with statements of Special Educational Needs where the Thomas Clarkson Academy is named on the statement have been admitted, the oversubscription criteria will be applied. Please refer to the Brooke Weston Trust Admissions Policy for further information.

Admissions information regarding students with statements of SEN can be requested from the Academy.

Phase transfer

To enable parents, children and the receiving school to plan well in advance of transfer from primary to secondary phase, Part 4 of a student's statement of SEN must be amended no later than 15th February in the year of transfer. Parents will receive a letter from CCC at the beginning of October, seeking details of their school preference or representations. Parents should return their preference to CCC by early November. Consultation then follows with the school and the Local Authority has to make the final decision about placement, informing parents by 15th February. Parents are given their right of appeal to SENDIST at this stage, if they are not in agreement with the decision.

Waiting List

Where the Academy receives more applications for places than there are places available, your child's name will be added to the waiting list. Your child will remain on this list until either a place becomes available, or until 31 December 2020, whichever is sooner. The waiting list will be maintained by the Thomas Clarkson Academy and it will be open to any parent to ask for his or her child's name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application.

Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria (see Admissions Policy).


If your child has been unsuccessful in obtaining a place at Thomas Clarkson for Year 7 entry, September 2020, you are entitled to appeal that decision. If you wish to appeal, please go to selecting School Admission Appeals.

Please refer to the Appeals timetable on the Cambridgeshire County Council admissions website for more information around the statutory timeframes for appeals.

Parents will have the right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel if they are dissatisfied with an admission decision of the Thomas Clarkson Academy. The Appeal Panel will be independent of the Academy. The arrangements for Appeals will be in line with the Code of Practice on School Admission Appeals published by the Department for Education (DfE) as it applies to Foundation and Voluntary Aided schools. The determination of the appeal panel will be made in accordance with the Code of Practice on School Admission Appeals and is binding on all parties. The Academy will prepare guidance for parents about how the appeals process will work and will provide parents with a named contact who can answer any enquiries parents may have about the process.

Read more on the appeals procedure.

In-Year Admissions

In-year admissions are dealt with by Cambridgeshire County Council, regardless of what county you are living in.

If you are applying for a place at the Academy from another secondary school or because you've recently entered the country, you will need to follow the guidance on in-year admissions issued by the county council. Click here for more details.

Support with admissions

If you need any help with Year 7 admissions or in-year admissions, please contact our Student Mobility Manager, Keri Britton on or 01945 585237.