The Weatheralls Primary School

Admissions Policy Consultation

The Staploe Education Trust would welcome your views on proposed changes to the admission arrangements for The Weatheralls Primary School from September 2025.  The Trust proposes to reduce the Published Admissions Number (PAN) from 90 to 60.  The school plans to admit 60 children into its Reception class from September 2025.  We have made the decision to formally reduce the PAN to 60 as the school is currently operating as a 2-form entry school and the formalising of this arrangement will allow us to focus on the personalised support of our pupils. We’re aware that planned housing developments may see an increase in the number of children in the local area in the future.  While there is not currently a need to retain the higher PAN, we will keep this situation under review.  This decrease to the PAN will not affect the existing class sizes in the school. 

We have also updated the wording of our oversubscription criteria to bring it in line with current Department for Education guidance, including the removal of ‘statement of Special Educational Needs’ as these statements have now been replaced nationally by Education, Health and Care Plan documents. 

A copy of the proposed policy is linked below.

Admissions Policy - consultation 

Who is the Trust Consulting With?

The Trust is consulting with schools and early years providers within the locality, parents/carers of any other children agreed between two and twelve, councillors, those in Staploe Education Trust's governance team and other local stakeholders.

Have Your Say

The Trust would like to receive your views on the proposed changes. Any written comments
should be sent to The Staploe Education Trust by:

  • email to, including the words ‘The
    Weatheralls Consultation’ in the subject; or
  • post to The Weatheralls Consultation, Staploe Education Trust, c/o Soham Village
    College, Sand Street, Soham, Cambs, CB7 5AA

It would be helpful if you would indicate in what capacity you are responding (for example, parent, teacher, governor, etc).  Please respond by midnight on Thursday 4 January 2024, when this consultation will close.

What Happens Next?

The Trust Board will consider all the responses to the consultation. 

On conclusion of this consultation those invited to give their views will be notified of the outcome.  If approved the changes will be introduced for September 2025.