St. Peter's Cross Keys

C of E Academy

Rooted in love we flourish and grow

School Admissions

Please call the school on 01636 680360 if you are thinking of moving your child to St. Peter's Cross Keys Academy. We can then arrange a visit and tour around our school with Mr Tomlinson, our acting head teacher, or other member of our Senior Management Team, to talk about your child and how St. Peter's Cross Keys Academy will support their education and personal development.


We have a few spaces in some year groups across the school for children moving from into the area, please ring the school office to see if we have a vacancy(ies) for your child(ren). Thank you.

Please follow links below for further information on admissions.

Timetable for September 2024 Admissions 


Primary Admissions :


Applications open: Monday 6th November 2023

Deadline for application: Monday 15th January 2024

Offer date is: Tuesday 16th April 2024

Deadline for lodging appeals: Tuesday 20th May 2024

Appeals to be heard by: Friday 18th July 2024


Secondary Admissions


Applications open:  7th August 2023

Deadline for application: 31st October 2023

Offer date is: 1st March 2024

Deadline for lodging appeals: 28th March 2024

Appeals to be heard by: 13 June 2024



Appeals received after these dates will be heard by the same deadlines if possible, if not, they will be heard within 30 school days.

Changing School In-Year


An in-year application is for children requiring a school place during the school year, rather than at the usual transfer time. You can make an application to transfer school in-year for the current academic year (2023-2024).


If you wish to apply for a place during the school year, please contact the school on 01636 680360 to discuss the process and to check availability of places. St. Peter's Cross Keys is part of The Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham Multi Academy Trust, which is its own admissions authority. This means it processes applications for in-year places itself, rather than through Nottinghamshire County Council.


If you apply for a place via Nottinghamshire County Council, although they will forward your application to us, this may delay a response to your application.


Applications for places are made by completion of the form above.


Upon receipt of the application form the school will process as follows:


  • The school will advise the applicant of the outcome of their application with 10 school days.
  • Applications will be considered in line with the Admission Arrangements for that year.
  • The school will also advise the Local Authority, Nottinghamshire County Council, of the outcome of the decision.
  • If the school does not have a place to offer the child, the applicant will be referred to the Local Authority who will be asked to make an alternative offer. In this instance please follow the next link for details of applying places through the Local Authority:


Link for Changing School In Year Application via NCC



Fair access 


Every Local Authority is required to have a Fair Access Protocol, developed in partnership with schools, to ensure that unplaced children, especially the most vulnerable, are found and offered a place quickly. Where it is not possible to secure a place through the usual admission process an application may be referred through the Local Authority's Fair Access Protocol. Parental applications for school places cannot be made directly to the Fair Access Team and applications need to be made as outlined on the 'NCC Apply to Change School In Year' page.


Right of Appeal


Under the terms of the School Admissions Appeals Code 2021, if you apply for and are refused a place at St. Peter's Cross Keys Academy, you have the right to appeal.


Admission Appeals at SNMAT academies are managed by Nottinghamshire County Council Appeals Team, who provide an independent appeals process.  If you decide that you wish to proceed with an appeal, you should within four weeks of the date of the refusal letter, complete the online form on Nottinghamshire County Council's website:-


Please refer to the following link for things to consider before making an appeal:


We have also added fact sheets below giving guidance on appeals for infant age children (Foundation Stage through to Year Two) and appeals for other children (Year's Three to Six).


For parents/carers who are unable to use the online form, a printed form can requested from NCC's customer contact centre – 0300 500 80 80 or use the form below.  


Appeals at SNMAT academies will be heard by an Independent Appeals Panel in accordance with the School Admissions Code 2021, The School Admissions Appeals Code 2012 and Part 3 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998


For admissions under statutory intakes (not in-year admissions) please see dates for appeals above.


For in-year admissions you should appeal within four weeks of the date of your refusal of the school place, where ever possible. The appeal will then be heard within 30 school days,






2024/2025 Paper Appeal Form

2024/2025 Appeals Timetable

2023/2024 Appeals Timetable

Appeal Application Form