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Great Bowden Academy

Great Bowden Academy


Primary school applications for Reception class (Early Years Foundation Stage)

If you are considering applying to Great Bowden Academy, we would be delighted to meet you and show you around the school. Please contact the office on 01858 463216 to make an appointment. 

The Local Authority has a duty to provide school places to all pupils resident in its area. Leicestershire achieves this by giving high priority to catchment area children and by allowing parental preference wherever possible. Further information about the application process and access to the online application form can be found on the Leicestershire website  

Parents must apply to their home Local Authority for a school place. Great Bowden Academy’s planned admission number for first time admissions (to start school in Reception) is 20 pupils per year group.  

The Admissions process takes place during your child's preschool year. The application window for children seeking to start school for the first time from autumn 2024 is now open until national closing date 15 January 2024. National offer date for FTA entry 2024 is 16 April (or the next working day). You will then be notified on 16th April (or the next working day) of your school place before your child starts Reception in September. For further detail please visit Leicestershire County Council website

Midterm Admissions and transfers 

We are always delighted to hear from parents who are considering Great Bowden Academy for their child. If you have just moved to the area and are looking for a new school, or would like to move from another school, please do get in touch for a tour. We have some places available and our Office staff will be able to confirm numbers on enquiry. 

We currently have spaces in Year 3 - Year 6.

To apply for a midterm transfer you will need to apply via the schools Local Authority.  Please go directly to the application form using this link  Please contact the school office to help you with any queries ( or 01858 463216)

We participate in full with the Local Authorities co-ordinated scheme, and the School Admissions Code states all admitting authorities must aim to have a decision to parents in 10 school days and it is mandatory the decision is with a parent in 15 school days. 

For further information on midterm transfers please see Leicestershire County Council website by clicking here 


The Leicester Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) provides an independent, professional Schools Appeals Service dedicated to ensuring that all admission appeal hearings are heard fairly, equally and within the law. More details can be found on their website and on the attached 'Appeal Service Details 2022 - 2023'. If you have any questions, please speak to our office by calling 01858 463216 or email

To see our Admissions Policies from the Trust and for the School, please see below.