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 currently operating above their published admission levels. Additionally there are waiting lists for every year group.

Waddesdon School is an academy, having previously been a voluntary aided Church of England school. This means that, unlike community schools, decisions about admission continue to rest with the Governing Body (now the Governing Body of the Academy Trust) who follow their published rules. Nevertheless Governors are required by law to operate within the coordinated admission arrangements of the Local Authority (Bucks County Council) for entry into Year 7. Applications for other year groups come directly to the school.

Catchment Area

Our catchment area map is below. Please note that our catchment area is changing for admissions from September 2020. If you are unclear whether your home address falls within catchment, please contact the Admissions and Transport team at Bucks County 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 for admissions until September 2020

Catchment Area Map for admissions from September 2020

BCC – Find a School Near You

September 2021 Admissions

Admissions Policy 2021 – 22

September 2020 Admissions

Admissions Policy 2020 – 21

Church Commitment Form for entry from September 2020

September 2019 Admissions

Admissions Policy 2019 – 20

Church Affiliation Form for Year 7 entry in September 2019

Other Documentation

The following documents are available to download:

Prospectus 2019/20

Sixth Form Prospectus

In-Year Applications

Parents seeking a place for their child after the normal admission day in September of each year should initially contact the school to ask for more information about the availability of places.

Right of Appeal

Parents wishing to appeal against any decision to refuse a place should request an appeal form direct from the school.

Appeals for a Year 7 place starting September 2020

We have written directly to everyone who has submitted a completed appeal form. If you have not heard from us, please email

The admission appeals for Waddesdon School are administered by the Diocese of Oxford.  We have been informed by the Diocese that the appeals will no longer go ahead as originally scheduled during the week commencing 4th May 2020 due to the current closure of all schools and restrictions on movement ordered by the government.

It is not possible to reschedule the appeals until it is known when schools will reopen.  The Diocese is updating us when information becomes available, and we will pass this information on to you.  The Diocese will do all it can to schedule the appeals as soon as is practicable and is considering other ways to hear appeals.

We thank you for your patience until further information becomes available.  We also recognise that this delay will add to your uncertainty at an already difficult time.  Please know that we will do all we can to help you with this process.

Appeals Timetable

Guidance for Parents on Appeals Process