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If you have a child due to start school in September 2021 and would like to learn more about our school please contact the School Office Manager, Mrs Sandra Adderley. Tel: 01223 262474 or Email:

Do watch the videos below and, in addition, please look at our virtual tour slideshow on the News and Events tab, then under the Gallery. 

Welcome video for new Reception parents 2021

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Miss Beresford's welcome to new Reception parents 2021

You may like to have a look at these helpful posters.

Application arrangements

If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below.


Allocating Places

Barton School serves the villages of Barton and Grantchester. Provided there are spaces, the school is pleased to take any children whose parents choose to send them to Barton, irrespective of where they live. The school particularly welcomes parents who wish to send their children to a Church school.

As a Voluntary Aided school the governing body is the admissions authority, and sets and applies the admissions policy for the school.


How to Apply

If you are applying for a Reception place at our school for September 2021, the formal application date for the Local Authority has now passed but you can still apply.

If you are applying for any other year group for a September start or any other time of year, then please complete an in-year transfer (if you are coming from another UK school) or application (if you are applying to a UK school for the first time).  

All the above admissions are co-ordinated by Cambridgeshire Local Authority (LA), which acts on behalf of the governing body to offer places at the School. Parents should apply online at 


  • LA Admissions Team Contact: 0345 045 1370 or
  • School Office Contact: Mrs S Adderley 01223 262474 or


The school welcomes visits from the parents of prospective pupils with their children. They should contact the School Office Manager (Mrs S Adderley, to arrange a convenient time. Visits are not interviews and do not affect any decision regarding the availability of a place.

All parents are advised to read the LA booklet for parents on primary admissions.


How Places are Offered

For admission into the Reception Year each year, the LA, on behalf of the Governing Body, will offer places to 20 children. This is the Published Admission Number (PAN) for that year group. In the event that more than 20 applications are received, the over subscription criteria will be applied to determine priority for places. All preferences are treated equally.

Admission in other year groups will be dependent on numbers in each class at the time of application. 


Admission of Children Below Compulsory School Age

By law children must attend school by the beginning of the term after their 5th birthday. However children may start school from the start of the academic year following their 4th birthday. Parents can request that the date their child is admitted to the school is deferred until later in the school year or until the child reaches compulsory school age in that school year. Parents can request that their child start part time until the child reaches compulsory school age.


Oversubscription Criteria

Children who have a statement of special educational needs that names the school will be admitted.

NB. Those children with a statement of special educational needs that does not name the school will be referred to Statutory Assessment and Resources (STAR) Team to determine an appropriate place. 

Where applications exceed the PAN, places will be allocated in order to:


  1. Looked After Children (LAC) and children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so by reason of adoption, a child arrangement order or special guardianship order;
  2. Children who appear to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted;
  3. Children living(1) within the country parishes of Barton and Grantchester (the school catchment area);
  4. Children who have a sibling at the school at the date of admission(2)
  5. Children whose families are involved in the life and work of St Peter's Church, Barton or the Church of St Mary, Grantchester, but who live outside the catchment area(3);
  6. Children whose families are involved in the life and work of any other Christian church, who live outside the catchment area, and who chose Barton because of its Church Aided status(4);
  7. Children of staff where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made;
  8. Children whose parents have expressed a wish for their child to attend Barton School.

1 The home address is defined as the address of the adult with parental responsibility with whom the child normally lives and which applies at the time of application.   For further details, please see the full definition in the LA admissions booklet for parents.

2 A sibling is defined as another child of compulsory school age living in the same family home.

3 A completed reference form from the parish priest will be required to confirm a family’s involvement in the life and work of St Peter’s Church, Barton or the Church of St Andrew and St Mary, Grantchester and any positive responses under this criterion will be treated equally. These are available from the school.

4. A completed reference form from the parish priest will be required to confirm a family’s involvement in the life and work any other Christian Church and any positive responses under this criterion will be treated equally. These are available from the school.



Any Admission Appeals should be lodged with the Local Authority which co-ordinates appeal arrangements for the school.


Cambridgeshire's Early Years Funding Scheme

Under the Government's Early Years funding scheme, all four year olds are entitled to three terms of free part-time education from the term following their fourth birthday. This is funded by a grant for each child. The Local Authority funds places in reception classes in state schools in addition to the grant, to permit children to attend for a full school day. To ensure that your child receives their allocation of five sessions of grant-funded education, you will be required to complete a form confirming that you have registered your child at Barton School. A leaflet containing further information is available from the school office.


Admission Arrangements for Disabled Pupils

Our school aims to be an inclusive school. We hope to make all our children welcome and feel happy to look forward to their school day. Every child is different and we view differences as an opportunity for adults and children alike to learn more about ourselves.

If your child has a disability he or she will be treated equally to other applicants for admission. Prior to admission there will normally be a discussion between the parents, the Head Teacher and advisers to determine what needs there may be. Barton School recognises its duties under the Disability Discrimination Act 2005, and the governors’ intention is that the needs of all pupils are identified and met as soon as possible. We have completed measures to increase access to the school by pupils with disabilities; our school is all on one ground-floor level and the main entrances and the Early Years classroom and hall have ramp access. There are toilet facilities for disabled children.

In our Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) information report, which is a statutory requirement, we have details of how all children are integrated into our school, whatever their needs. Please see the Report below.