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Welcome to our admissions page

Caroline Chisholm School is an oversubscribed, academically successful all-through school. Currently, we are full in all Year groups and have a waiting list. To be added to the waiting list for primary or secondary, please contact: Northamptonshire County Council Website at School Admissions | West Northamptonshire Council (

We have grown substantially since opening our doors in September 2004 and are currently home to in excess of 2000 students.  Demand for places at our school is high but as an all-through school, pupils that are admitted to our primary phase and remain until end of Year 6, automatically transition into Year 7 without the need for parents to re-apply.

A copy of our current Admissions Policy and further relevant information and documents can be found at the foot of this page.  All applications to our school (except for our post-16 phase which are made directly to us) must first be made to West Northamptonshire Council. Please go to for more details on in-year and co-ordinated applications.  

As well as the transition to Early Years Foundation Stage and Year 7, we always welcome applications from students who wish to request an in-year transfer.  For in-year applications, where a year group is full, we operate a waiting list which lasts until the end of the academic year for which the application is made. If you wish to keep your child on the waiting list for any subsequent academic year, you must re-apply as above.

Our published admission number (PAN) for our transition years are:

Foundation Stage – 60 places

Year 7 – 219 external places (in addition to 60 places for our Year 6 Primary phase pupils)

Sixth Form - 50 external places (in addition to existing Year 11 students who wish to apply) - all applicants are subject to our minimum entry requirements for Sixth Form. 

All applicants, including those on the waiting list where an in-year place becomes available, are considered and allocated a space in accordance with our admissions criteria.  Our current admissions criteria for each phase of our school can be found at the foot of this page.

Admissions appeals 

If you have applied for, but have been unsuccessful in obtaining a place for your child at our school, you have the right to appeal for a place.

To view our appeals information, please click here. 

Waiting list

If you are unsuccessful in securing a place on application, you may be added to our waiting list.  

For in-year applications for the current academic 2022 - 2023 year, please click here to request a place on our waiting list.

For September 2023-2024 intake the Local Authority manage our waiting list, so please ensure you notify them immediately if you wish to be added.  Please also email to notify us so that our records can be kept up to date.