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Welcome to our admissions page

We currently have school places available in our current Reception intake. All other year groups are full and have a waiting list.

To be considered for a current Reception place, or to request to be added to the waiting list for other year groups, you will first need to submit an application. Please apply via this link:

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.

Our published admission numbers (PANs) 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 - 30 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. 

Places in Reception and Year 7 for September 2024 will be allocated according to our Admissions Policy 2024/25, which can be found at the foot of this page. To make an application, please visit the West Northamptonshire Council website.

As well as the transition to Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception) 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. The waiting list is ranked according to our oversubscription criteria which can be found in our Admissions Policy 2023/34 at the foot of this page. If you wish to keep your child on the waiting list for any subsequent academic year, you must re-apply.

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 within our Admissions Policy at the foot of this page. Please note that our Admissions Policy for both 2023/24 and 2024/25 have been revised to give effect to mandatory requirements of the School Admissions Code and to update how in-years will be processed. 

Caroline Chisholm School co-ordinates all its own in-year admissions to the school. Please visit the following link to apply for an in-year place:

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. 

School tours

There will be opportunities for visits to the school for transition year groups (Reception, Year 7 and Year 12). These opportunities will be at times relevant to the various admission deadlines applicable.  The school will also hold an open evening for Year 7 and Year 12 entry prior to the relevant application deadline in the application year.

Visits to the school for in-year applications are available once an applicant has been allocated to the school following a place being made available.