The admissions process
Suffolk County Council handles the annual admissions process on behalf of SET Saxmundham School.
For those parents / carers looking to apply for a place at SET Saxmundham School in Year 7, we can admit up to 120 students.
At all times, in the event of oversubscription a range of criteria are applied by the School’s Local Governing Body in determining applications. These are clearly laid out in the relevant year’s policy.
Please click here to visit the Suffolk County Council website for further information or to apply for a place with us.
In-year admissions will be dealt with by the SET Saxmundham School. Please click here for the application form (ADM1) which should be completed and returned to the School office (SET Saxmundham School, Seaman Avenue, Saxmundham, IP17 1DZ or email@example.com) if you wish to apply for a School place for a child already in secondary education. Please note that once a decision has been reached, your information will be shared with Suffolk County Council Admissions Team for the purpose of allowing them to keep up to date figures on availability of school places in the area. All personal data is processed in line with the Data Protection Act 1998.
Where the number of students exceeds the PAN in any year group, Seckford Education Trust will maintain an in-year waiting list. If you are on the list, the Trust will notify you when a place becomes available. See the relevant Admissions Policy for more information on how waiting lists are administered.
Suffolk County Council’s education department oversees the admissions appeals process in Suffolk. Please click here to visit Suffolk County Council’s website for further information.
Appeals are usually heard within 40 School days of the published closing date (after National Offer Day). If this deadline has passed then your appeal will be heard at a later date.
In-year appeals are generally heard within 30 School days of your form being received.
Transport to our school
Please click here to visit our Transport page on this website, or alternatively, please contact Suffolk County Council’s transport department on 0345 606 6173 or click here to visit Suffolk County Council’s School Transport website for further information about their current school transport policies and procedures.
We have produced answers for many of the questions we are frequently asked about the admissions process to the School.
The deadline for joining in September 2021 has passed, but you can still apply for a place by contacting SET Saxmundham School on 01728 633910 or Saxmundham@seckfordeducation.org.uk.
If you are applying for September 2022, and your child is attending a Suffolk maintained school, then their school will give them details of the application process when they enter Year 6. Your child will automatically receive a CAF1 application form to apply for a secondary school place by September 2021 if he/she is in Year 6 at Primary, Middle or Junior school.
The form must be returned to Suffolk County Council by the closing date of 31 October 2021 to ensure that your child has the best chance of being offered a place at your preferred school.
More information is available on the Suffolk County Council website :
You should visit the Suffolk County Council website admission page www.suffolk.gov.uk/admissionstoschools where you will find all the information you require or ring a member of the SCC Admissions Team on 03456 000981 or the SET Saxmundham School office on 01359 234 050 for advice.
There is a chance that you can re-submit your CAF 1 but you should check the Suffolk County Council website for further details and dates or ring a member of the Admissions Team on 03456 000981 for advice.
If you have made your application by the closing date of 31 October 2020 Suffolk County Council will post a letter with the offer of a school place on Monday 1 March 2021. If you made your application after the closing date, please refer to the Suffolk County Council website www.suffolk.gov.uk/admissionstoschools or contact the Admissions Team on 0345 600 0981 for more details.
You can indeed apply for a change of school at any time. You need to complete an in-year application form (known as an ADM1) if your child already attends high school and return it to SET Saxmundham School, Seaman Avenue, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 1DZ
We have 10 working days in which to advise you of the outcome of your application. Sometimes, however, it is possible for your child to start within a few days.
If the year group is full and your child cannot be given a place at that time, you will be offered the right to appeal and we can add their name to the waiting list for that year group. We will need you to complete a waiting list form. We will contact you if a place arises and all you have to do is let us know if you wish to come off the list. Please note that we rank our students according to different criteria (please see our Admissions Policy – https://www.saxmundhamschool.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Admissions-Policy-2021.pdf and therefore your child’s position on the waiting list may change depending on what other students have applied to go on the list. You can phone and check your child’s position at any time on 01359 234050. We cannot, however, give you an idea of when there is likely to be a space in the year group.
Yes, of course. SET Saxmundham School, like all of our schools are fully inclusive and have a strong pastoral provision. If you would like to discuss your child’s difficulty with our SENCo, Mrs Sheehan, please contact the school directly to have a chat (01359 234050). This discussion will be confidential and will not affect your application in any way.
You can apply online for a normal intake application only (ie going into Year 7). Suffolk County Council accepts online applications on their website at the appropriate time of year: https://secure.suffolkcc.gov.uk/ems/live/ccsenterprise_admissionsonline
No, we do not have a catchment area. Please note, however, that we rank applications by various criteria (see our Admissions Policy for information – https://www.saxmundhamschool.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/SET-Saxmundham-Admissions-Policy-v2-Michaelmas-2020-for-2022-23-Admissions.pdf.
Suffolk County Council are responsible for organising school transport, advising parents if they are entitled to free transport and issuing bus passes. Have a look at the Suffolk Onboard website for further information, timetables, etc http://www.suffolkonboard.com/ or ring the helpline on 03456 066173 for advice.
If you wish to appeal not being allocated a place, please complete a Notice of Appeal form and send to the Education Appeals Department at Suffolk County Council. For more information on the Appeals Process please see the Council’s website: