The Meadow Primary School is a 4-11 school, situated in the beautiful village of Balsham. For further information, please make contact with the school office.

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Admission Arrangements

Meadow Primary School Admission Arrangements for 2023-24


Anglian Learning is the admission authority for the School. This means that it is the Governing Body that sets and applies the admissions policy for the school. As an Academy, we choose to buy back into the Local Authority Admissions Service. Therefore our admissions are conducted through Cambridgeshire County Council. If you would like to join our school, please apply through the Council’s application website (you can also download forms to apply in writing, or ask to have them sent to you):



Parents living outside Cambridgeshire who wish their child to attend the school must apply to the county that they live in. For example, parents living in Haverhill should apply to Suffolk and those living in Ashdon or Saffron Walden should apply to Essex. If you would like your child to go to The Meadow, please name Meadow Primary School in the first preference space provided on the application form. Please note that the deadline date for other counties may differ from Cambridgeshire, so please ensure your application is received on time. You will hear from the county that you have applied to whether your application has been successful in April.



For admission into EYFS each September, the Local Authority, on behalf of the Governing Body, will offer places to 40 children. This is the Published Admission Number (PAN) for that year group. In the event that more than 40 applications are received, the oversubscription criteria will be applied to determine priority for places by the LA on behalf of the Governing Body. All preferences are treated equally, regardless of whether they are first, second or third preferences.



The Meadow is a non-selective community primary school with an agreed admissions limit of 40. This is reviewed each year by the Governing Body. The Meadow primarily serves a catchment area comprising the local villages including, Streetly End, West Wratting and  Weston Colville.

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 Student Assessment to determine an appropriate place. Should applications exceed the agreed admissions number, priority will go, in order, to:-

  1. “Children in Care”, also known as Looked After Children (LAC) and children who were looked after but ceased to be by reason of adoption, a resident order or special guardianship order;
  2. Children who live in the catchment area and who will have a sibling at the school at the time of admission;
  3. Children who live in the catchment area;
  4. Children who live outside the catchment area who will have a sibling at the school at time of admission;
  5. Children who live outside the catchment area.


In cases of equal merit, priority will go to children within Cambridgeshire by measuring a straight line from the centre point of the home to the main pupil entrance to the school.

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

For Years 1-6 the PAN is also 40.  If a place becomes available it will be offered to the child at the top of the reserve list for the year group or, if no reserve list exists, the place will be offered to the first child for whom an application is received.



When an application is refused, the child’s details are automatically placed on a reserve list for the year group, ranked according to the oversubscription criteria. When mid-term applications are received, children’s details will be held on the reserve list for a period of one term following the term of application.

Parents will be contacted immediately if a place becomes available for their child, but should be aware that their child’s place on a reserve list may change if an application is subsequently received that meets a higher criterion than their own.



The parents of any child who is refused a place at the school has a right of appeal to an independent Appeals Panel. The panel consists of three people who are independent of the school’s Governing Body and the Local Education Authority. The panel will consider the circumstances of the case put before them. Both the Governing Body and the parents must abide by the decision it makes.

Appeals for the school are currently arranged by the LA Admissions Team on behalf of the Governing Body. Further information and appeal forms are available from the Admissions Team or the Clerk to the Governors at The Meadow.