Practical information


The Chiltern Learning Trust is responsible for the admission arrangements for the new school.

In its first year, the school will be located in the former Studio School buildings on York Street in Hightown, before relocating in September 2019 to its new buildings and permanent site which will then have been constructed on Gipsy Lane.

The Gipsy Lane site is located within the area of Luton that is currently within the catchment area for Stockwood Park Academy, and immediately adjacent to the catchment of Ashcroft. In order to avoid disruption to the current catchments for those schools in that area, we have proposed the use of Denbigh High School’s catchment as one of the new school’s oversubscription criteria for 2018/19 only. Denbigh High School is one of the Trust’s existing schools and families living to the south of its catchment, nearest to the York Street site, were again among those unsuccessful for a place this year.

The proposed catchment area for the new school will only impact admissions if the school is oversubscribed in its first year, which we don’t expect it to be. Parents can, of course, apply for a place at the school irrespective of where they live.

Later this year the Trust will consult separately on admission arrangements for the school from 2019/20 when the school will be open on its new site. From that point, the school’s admissions arrangements will reflect its new location and community.

September 2018 admissions:

To download the Chiltern Academy admissions arrangements.

To download the list of roads in the Chiltern Academy catchment area. 

September 2019 admissions:

The Chiltern Learning Trust is consulting on changes to its admission arrangements for all of its schools for admissions in 2019 onwards.

What we are proposing: In essence all the schools will have a standardised policy. The highest priority will be given to children who are looked after or who were previously looked after (i.e. in care) which all academies and schools have to do. This element of the proposed admissions criteria has not changed.

The second highest criterion will be given to children whose parent is a staff member at the school they wish to apply for (please see definitions in the Admissions Arrangements document). This is so as a Trust we can attract and retain good quality staff and assist with logistics for their own children getting to school. Again this element of Chiltern Academy’s admissions criteria has not changed as children of staff are currently the second highest criterion in their policy.

The third criterion will be given to children who have siblings at the school. This criterion is not currently in Chiltern Academy’s policy as it is a new school due to open in September 2018, no children are currently there for priority to be given to siblings. However for admissions in September 2019, the first year of Year 7 children will be there to then give priority to any younger brothers and sisters applying for a place in September 2019.

The fourth and final criterion will be straight line distance, which means pupils will be measured from their home address to the main front entrance of Chiltern Academy, with those living closer to the school given higher priority for a place.

Please see the table below for a comparison of the current admissions criteria and the proposed for admissions in September 2019:

Chiltern Academy

Current Admissions Criteria

Proposed Admissions Criteria 2019

1 Looked After and Previously Looked After Children Looked After and Previously Looked After Children
2 Children of staff Children of staff
3 Catchment Siblings
4 Medical needs Straight line distance
5 Straight line distance

Why are we removing the catchment criterion for Chiltern Academy?

Chiltern Academy’s current admissions criteria gives priority to children in catchment and this catchment area mirrors that of Denbigh High School’s. We included this catchment criterion to give priority to Denbigh catchment children as a fellow Trust school due to the demand within Denbigh’s catchment for the first year only (September 2018). However with the new school building due to be ready for September 2019 which will be located on Gypsy Lane in Luton, we wanted Chiltern Academy to be able to serve its local area first and foremost and feel that using straight line distance rather than creating a new catchment area would be the fairest way to allocate places at the school.

Why are we removing the medical needs criterion?

Children with a statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan who have medical needs are provided for through their statement or plan and are allocated a place at a school ahead of the admissions process and many other medical needs or conditions would not usually require admission to a specific school as all schools can usually provide for children who require support or assistance.

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FAQs from our open evenings

What are the school’s starting/finishing times?

  • 08:45 a.m. Registration
  • 09:05 a.m. Lesson 1
  • 10:05 a.m. Lesson 2
  • 11:05 a.m. Break
  • 11:20 a.m. Lesson 3
  • 12:20 p.m. Lunch
  • 01:20 p.m. Registration
  • 01:30 p.m. Lesson 4
  • 02:30 p.m. Lesson 5
  • 03:30 p.m. End of Lessons
  • 03:40 p.m. Tutorials, revision classes, and extracurricular activities
  • 04:40 p.m. End of Tutorials

 Will there be a breakfast/afterschool club?

There will be opportunities for the children to study at school before and after school as well as after-school clubs and enrichment activities. We will provide the opportunity to purchase breakfast at school before the school day begins.

What will the catchment be for the first year and will this change when the school moves to the new site?

  • For admissions in September 2018, priority will be given to those living in the Denbigh High School catchment area as currently, not all catchment pupils are able to gain a place at Denbigh, however, this relates to around 40-50 applicants and Chiltern still has 240 places on offer.
  • For admissions in September 2019, we are looking at operating a straight line distance policy, which therefore means that those closest to the school will have priority for a place over those living further away. The admission arrangements for September 2019 will be consulted on after the October half term.

What happens in the second year e.g. moving schools?

The new building is forecast to be complete from May 2019 when we expect handover to the Trust. We will start to prepare for the school’s second Year 7 intake from September 2019 and we expect to also move the school’s first Year 7 students from York Street into the new building from that date as the school’s Year 8.

Will my child excel the same as if they attend Denbigh High School?

Yes, we will model the curriculum and teaching on our best schools, Denbigh High School and Challney High School for Boys. Therefore the children will be exposed to the best teaching with a Trust team to continually quality assure the school.  The children will have similar extracurricular experiences too, as well as cross-Trust opportunities with children from all our schools. Our ethos will be aspirational. Therefore, children will excel at Chiltern Academy as they would in Denbigh or other outstanding schools.

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