How to Apply

Waddesdon Church of England School is a heavily oversubscribed school that is currently full in every year group, with all year groups operating above their published admission levels. Additionally there are waiting lists for every year group.

Waddesdon School is an academy. This means that decisions about admission rest with the Governing Body which follows its published admission arrangements. Nevertheless Governors are required by law to operate within the coordinated admission arrangements of the Local Authority (Buckinghamshire Council) for entry into Year 7.

The application process for a child who requires a school place in Year 7 begins up to a year before the start of the school year in which the child would take up the school place. The national closing date for secondary applications is 31 October.

Parents can express a preference for a number of schools but there is no guarantee that a preference will be met. Where a school has sufficient places for every child that applies, then it must admit all applicants. If, however, the school is oversubscribed, places must be ranked in order against its published oversubscription criteria.

For applications in the normal admissions round, parents will receive a single offer of a place at the highest preference school that is able to offer them a place, on National Offer Day. National Offer Day is on or about 1 March for secondary schools in the year in which the child will be admitted. Where a child has been refused a school place at a preferred school, the parents have the right of appeal to an independent appeal panel.

Applications for other year groups come directly to the school.

In-Year Applications

The school processes any applications made in-year for a place. Parents seeking a place for their child in any year group any time after the normal admission day for Year 7 in September should contact the school to ask for more information about the availability of places and for an application form. The completed form (which needs to be signed by the child’s current school) should be returned to the school. You will be notified of the outcome of the application within 15 school days.

In-year Application Form


Catchment Area

Our catchment area map is below. If you are unclear whether your home address falls within catchment, please contact the Admissions and Transport team at Buckinghamshire Council via their website or alternatively you can speak directly to an Admissions specialist by calling 01296 395000 and selecting option 3.

Catchment Area Map

BCC – Find a School Near You

September 2022 Admissions

September 2021 Admissions

YEAR 7 OPEN EVENING: If you missed our Virtual Open Evening, you can click here to view a recording of the event, which lasts for approximately 25 minutes.

The recording consists of some student music, a presentation by the Headteacher, student interviews and a virtual tour.

Admissions Policy 2021 – 22

Church Commitment Form for entry from September 2021

Please note that the Governing Body successfully  applied to vary its admission arrangements so as to ignore the periods during which churches are compulsorily closed due to COVID-19 regulations when calculating whether the required church attendance has been fulfilled for Criterion 4 and 5 of the over-subscription criteria. The variation is shown highlighted yellow in the Admissions Policy 2021 -22.

Other Documentation

The following documents are available to download:

Prospectus 2021/22

Sixth Form Prospectus

Right of Appeal

Parents wishing to appeal against any decision to refuse a place should request an appeal form direct from the school. Please email The completed form should be returned to the school. Appeals are heard by an independent panel appointed by the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education.

Guidance for Parents on Appeals Process

Appeal Form

Sixth Form Appeal Form