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Cirencester Deer Park School

Cirencester Deer Park School



OPEN MORNINGS: Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 September 2021
OPEN EVENING: Wednesday 29 September 2021

Put the dates in your diary! Details have now been released about our September Open Mornings and Open Evening. These open events are for Year 6 pupils accompanied by one parent only – booking is not required.

We encourage everyone to watch our Creating Futures videos.

Alternative events for Year 5 pupils will be held later in the academic year.


Whilst schools were still closed to most pupils in the first 2020 lockdown, we created two short videos with the assistance of our pupils, to support new pupils' induction and aid their orientation of our school site. These provide a guided tour of the school and plenty of tips and reassurance about being a pupil, life and learning at Deer Park:


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We appreciate that the transition from primary to secondary school can be a cause of anxiety for both parents and pupils. In June we usually hold Welcome Evenings for parents/carers and their Year 6 sons and daughters who are joining Deer Park that September; in 2021, these Welcome Evenings were virtual. To help the pupils’ transition we have two induction days in July where the Year 6 pupils follow their timetables and get to know the school and their tutor group. We have small class sizes which allow staff to get to know pupils as individuals and in our pastoral teams we have full time pastoral Year Leaders who are available to support pupils whenever necessary.

In July 2021 we were able to welcome Year 6 (our new Year 7) pupils to Deer Park for their two Induction Days. Our team worked hard behind the scenes to review plans to ensure everyone’s safety, and we were pleased that so many of our new cohort were able to join us. Pupils were able to spend time getting to know their tutor and other members of their tutor group, as well as navigating the school grounds on a tour. See Latest News: Induction Days in July 2021.

Due to coronavirus, we did not hold our usual Open Mornings and Open Evening in September 2020. However, during Autumn 2020 we held alternative Open Events and a Virtual Open Evening and published four Creating Futures videos.

Please extend my thanks to all those staff who made the transition days so fun and reassuring for the incoming Year 6 pupils. Our son and his friends from primary school seem to have had a really great couple of days. I am in awe of your fortitude in putting those days on.

Year 7 parent 


How do I apply for a place at Cirencester Deer Park School on transition from Primary School to Secondary School? 

To be considered for a place at Deer Park, you must include the school amongst the five school preferences you are entitled to make through completion of your Common Application Form – further information can be found at Preferences should be ranked in priority order. If you are successful in gaining a place at your first preference school, none of your other choices will be considered.

How are places at Cirencester Deer Park School allocated? 

Up to 209 places will be allocated at the School based on our Admissions Criteria which can be accessed on our Admissions Policy.

What if I live outside of your catchment area? 

We know that there are insufficient pupils living within our catchment area to fill the secondary school places we have available. Places will be filled, up to the published admission number of 209, based on geographic proximity to the school, measured as a straight line distance from your home address to Reception at the School.

Will my son/daughter get a place? 

If you submit your preference form by the deadline, live within our catchment area, and put Deer Park as your first choice, you will be allocated a place at the school. If you live outside of the catchment area, we cannot give any guarantees, but in recent years we have been able to offer a place in Year 7 to everyone who wanted one, regardless of where they lived. However, we did hold appeals for Year 7 admission in 2021 as we were oversubscribed. Pupils often come to Deer Park from up to 15 miles away from the school.

What happens if I do not put Deer Park as my first preference? 

The Local Authority will always allocate the highest ranked school that they can within your list of preferences. If Deer Park is your preferred school, it should always be listed as your first preference. If you list Deer Park lower in your preferences, and the Local Authority can allocate one of your higher preferences, you will not be offered a place at Deer Park. However, lower ranked schools are always considered as your ‘effective first preference’ if the Local Authority cannot allocate your higher preferences, so you are not prejudiced against in any way for placing a school lower down your preference form.

When will I hear if I have a place at Deer Park? 

You will be advised by the Local Authority which School has been allocated for your son/daughter on National Allocation Day which is Tuesday 1 March 2022.

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

If you are unsuccessful in getting a place at Deer Park on National Allocation Day, you will have the opportunity to ask for ‘reconsideration’ through the Local Authority, which may result in a place being allocated on or after 29 March 2022. However, if this is unsuccessful, you will be placed on our waiting list, which is ranked based on geographic proximity to the School. You will also have the opportunity to go through the appeals process. Further information about this would follow.  You are welcome to contact Allison Boucher, Head’s PA on 01285 646558 to discuss this further.

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

Enquiries regarding ‘In Year Admissions’ should be made direct to Allison Boucher, Head’s PA at the School by email or by phone on 01285 646558. You can find further information on

When are your next Open Mornings?

In June/July we hold Open Mornings specifically for pupils in Year 5. Regretably these could not happen in 2021. However, we plan to schedule these Open Mornings for Year 5 in 2022. For September 2021 our Open Morning and Open Evening is restricted to Year 6 pupils plus one parent only as part of our Covid safety measures. In addition, Allison Boucher, Head’s PA, is happy to arrange mutually convenient tours of the school throughout the year.

If you require further information regarding the admissions process, please email us at or contact Allison Boucher, Head’s PA at the School on 01285 646558, who will be happy to talk you through the process or arrange a tour of the school.


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