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Carlton le Willows Academy

Nothing but the best


Choosing a secondary school is one of the most important decisions you make with your child. At Carlton le Willows you can expect your child to receive an excellent education in a safe and caring environment where all people are valued.

We know that hard work in a calm and supportive atmosphere is the key to success, so we are strong on discipline and have high expectations of our students, staff and of our parents too.

We work very hard to ensure that everyone has the chance to achieve to the best of their ability and that behaviour is of the highest standard. Courtesy, good manners and appropriateness of dress are demanded at Carton le Willows. We expect all students to conduct themselves with dignity and show consideration to others, whether in or out of school.

Carlton le Willows is a warm and friendly place to learn, where, with the help and encouragement of our staff and with the support of their parents, students can develop the knowledge, skills and personal qualities that are needed to achieve success both now and in the future.

Carlton le Willows is an outstanding place to learn and work, but the best way to appreciate that fact is to come and see us in action. You are welcome to visit us at any time.

How do I apply for a place at CLW on transition from primary school to secondary school? 

To be considered for a place at Carlton le Willows, you must complete an admissions application form from your local education authority. You will be asked to name four schools in order of preference – further information can be found at If you are successful in gaining a place at your first preference school, none of your other choices will be considered. For entrance to the Academy in September 2024 the closing date is 31st October preceding admission to secondary school.

How are places allocated? 

For 2024 our published student intake number for Year 7 is 360. These places will be allocated based on our Admissions Criteria which can be seen on our Admissions Policy.

What if I live outside of your catchment area? 

The Academy catchment area can be viewed by clicking here.

Students living outside this catchment area who go to one of our feeder primary schools have priority over children attending other schools out of catchment. Places will then be filled based on geographic proximity to the school, measured as a straight line distance from your home address to the main reception office.

Will my son/daughter get a place? 

As an oversubscribed school we always receive more applications than we have school places. However, if you submit your preference form by the deadline, live within our catchment area and put Carlton le Willows as your first choice, you are almost certain to be allocated a place at the school. In the event of over subscription, those living nearest to the school will be given priority. Distance measurements are made ‘as the crow flies’ from home address to the main reception.

When will I hear if I have a place at CLW? 

You will be advised by the Local Authority which school has been allocated for your son/daughter on National Allocation Day which is 1 March each year.

What happens if I am offered a place? 

Once a place is granted we will request proof of residency and ask that offer to be accepted within 14 days. Offers of a place can be withdrawn if not accepted within 14 days or if offer has been made on the basis of inaccurate information. Examples include fraudulent applications, intentionally misleading applications or a false claim of residence in the catchment area.

What happens if my son/daughter does not get offered a place at CLW? 

If you are unsuccessful in getting a place at Carlton le Willows on National Allocation Day, you will be placed on our waiting list, which is ranked based on our admissions criteria.

You will also have the opportunity to appeal against this decision to an independent appeals panel.

Appeals timeline for September 2024 Admissions 

If you are unsuccessful in being offered a place at Carlton le Willows Academy on the national offer day (1 March 2023), you have the right to appeal against this decision to an independent appeals panel.

In order to lodge an appeal please obtain a Notice of Appeal form from the Admissions Officer by emailing and return this by Friday, 31 March 2023.  Appeals received after this deadline will be heard within 40 days of the deadline where possible or within 30 school days from the date of receipt.

You will be notified of the time and date of your appeal by Friday, 28 April 2023.

Appeals will be held on Thursday, 11 May 2023 and Friday, 12 May 2023 and take place via Zoom.  If there is a large number of appeals then Stage 1, submissions from the Academy and the opportunity to ask questions of the Academy’s presenting officer and have them answered, may be held on Wednesday, 10 May 2023 and a further date, or dates, may be added for Stage 2.

You will be notified in writing of the outcome of your appeal by Friday, 19 May 2023 at the latest.

What happens if I want to apply for a place during the school year (in-year admissions?) 

Applications for In-year places are processed by the school.  We are oversubscribed in all year groups but if you would like to make an application for an In-year place at Carlton le Willows Academy, please click here to download an application form. Once completed this can be returned by post or email to

The outcome of your application will be sent to you within 15 school days, but we aim to notify applicants of the outcome within 10 school days.

For any questions and queries about In-year applications please contact our admissions team on

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