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Working for us


We are a federation of two fully inclusive Ofsted graded Good schools with positive happy children, supportive parents and governors.

We are committed to recruiting and developing the highest quality of staff. Our goal is to be an employer of choice and we believe this is achieved through the opportunities and support that we provide.

We are looking to recruit friendly, enthusiastic, hard-working and reliable individuals to work as part of a team under the direction of our key leaders across both schools.

You will join a committed and dedicated team who work together to maintain our school and deliver excellent outcomes for all learners. In return, you will benefit from tailored professional development opportunities and programmes, to enable you to realise your potential and achieve your career ambitions.

The Governing Body of The Potton Federation is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all staff and job applicants. We aim to create a supportive and inclusive working environment in which all individuals are able to make best use of their skills, free from discrimination or harassment, and in which all decisions are based on merit.

We do not discriminate against staff on the basis of age; race; sex; disability; sexual orientation; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; religion, faith or belief. (Equality Act 2010 protected characteristics). The principles of non-discrimination and equality of opportunity also apply to the way in which staff and Governors treat visitors, volunteers, contractors and former staff members.

We look forward to receiving an application from you in due course if you feel inspired by the opportunities provided at our school. If you would like to visit the school prior to submitting your application form, please contact either of the school offices.



Parents wishing to send their child to Potton Federation should register as early as possible and apply for a place in the main school through Central Bedfordshire School Admissions Team. The Headteacher is always pleased to show prospective parents around so please telephone to make an appointment if you wish to visit.

Admission number for each year group at Potton Lower School: 60

Admission number for each year group at Potton Middle School: 90

Application for places at both schools must be submitted via the Local Authority in which the parents/carers reside and the Admissions procedures will be in line with the Central Bedfordshire Co-ordinated Scheme, which can be found here Co-ordinated Scheme Lower-Primary-and-Middle-2022-23.

The timescales for the application process are set out on the Central Bedfordshire School Admissions website www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/admissions . It is essential that the Local Authority’s Application Form is completed and returned by the closing date. If the form is not returned by this date your application will be considered in the late allocation. Parents will be notified by the Local Authority’s School Admissions Service of the outcome of their application.

To apply for a Reception Year place next year please visit: https://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/info/5/school_admissions/496/apply_for_a_new_lower_or_primary_school_place

To apply for a Year 5 place next year please visit: https://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/info/7/school_admissions_applications_for_2019/497/apply_for_a_middle_school_place

In-year applications are for admissions during the academic school year, other than the normal year of entry (starting school, transfer to middle school, transfer to upper school). To apply for a place in any other year group, or during an academic year (in year) please visit: https://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/info/5/school_admissions/508/applying_for_a_school_place_during_the_academic_year/2

The Potton Federation’s Governing Body is the admissions authority for Potton Lower School and Potton Middle School.

The Governing Body will apply the following criteria (in the rank order shown) to decide the order in which places will be allocated when there are more requests from parents than the number of places available:

  1. All ‘looked after’ children or children who were previously ‘looked after’

2. Children who appear to the Council to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted

3. Children in living in the catchment area with siblings at the school

4. Children living in the catchment area

5. Children living outside the catchment area with siblings at the school

6. Any other children


  • If applying these criteria results in there being more children with an equal right to admission to the school than the number of available places, the tie break will be the distance the pupil lives from the school, measured in a straight line, using the Local Authoritys computerised measuring system, those living closer to the school receiving the higher priority. The distance will be measured from the address point of the pupil’s home to the front door of the relevant school. The Governing Body will not give priority within each criterion to children who meet other criteria
  • The Local Authority will normally offer a place at the catchment area school if parents apply for a place at that school during the normal admissions round. However, a place at the catchment area school cannot be guaranteed. If a pupil moves into the catchment area outside the normal admissions round (or after the allocation process has begun) it may be more difficult to offer a place at the catchment school if this would mean exceeding the admission number at the school. In this case, a place will normally be offered at the next nearest school or academy which caters for pupils of the same age and has places available
  • Pupils who have a Statement of Special Education Needs or Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP) are required to be admitted to the school which is named on the statement, even if the school is full.
  • Pupils identified for admission through the Fair Access Protocol will also be admitted even if the school is full.


‘Looked after’ children

A ‘looked after’ child is a child in the care of a local authority as defined by Section 22 of the Children Act 1989. In relation to school admissions legislation a ‘looked after child’ is a child in public care at the time of application to a school.

Previously ‘looked after’ children

A previously ‘looked after’ child is a child who was ‘looked after’, but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or a special guardianship order. The Potton Federation

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Children who appear to the Local Authority to have been in state care outside of England and have ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted

A child is regarded as having been in state care in a place outside of England if they were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation or any other provider of care whose sole purpose if to benefit society.

Catchment area

A catchment area is a geographical area from which children are given priority for admission to the particular school. Please see www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/admissions for more information on school catchment areas.


A sibling refers to a brother or sister, half brother or sister, step brother or sister, adopted brother or sister or fostered brother or sister where foster care has been arranged by a Local Authority or the child of the parent / carer’s partner, and in every case, the child should be living at the same address. The sibling must be in the school at the time of application and be likely to remain in the school at the proposed date of admission. In the scenario where one twin or a child from multiple birth has an EHCP, the other twin or children from multiple birth will be considered as a sibling once the school named on the EHCP has been finalised.

Fair Access Protocol

All Local Authorities must have a Fair Access Protocol which operates outside of the arrangements of co-ordinated admissions (i.e. those children being admitted to the point of entry at an academy/school) to ensure unplaced children, especially the most vulnerable are offered a suitable school place. Pupils identified for admission through the Fair Access Protocol will be admitted even if the school is full.

Any other children

Pupils who do not meet any of the higher criteria will be prioritised by the distance with those living closer to the school receiving the higher priority. Using their computerised measuring system, the Local Authority will measure the straight-line distance from the address point of the pupil’s home to the designated measuring point for the school, as agreed with the school’s governing


Parents who have not been allocated a place for their child have a right to appeal to an independent panel as part of the co-ordinated arrangements and will receive information about the appeals process with the refusal letter.

For information about the Appeals process please go to: 


School Admission Appeals – Guidance for Parents 2021

For further information, please see Central Bedfordshire Admissions booklet below, and the Potton Federation Admissions Policy


Central Bedfordshire 2023-24 Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools Admission Arrangements

Admissions Policy – 2021 academic year

Admissions Policy – 2022 academic year

Admissions Policy – 2023 academic year

Admissions Potton Middle 2023-24

Please see the Government guidance below regarding deferring a summer born child’s school place;


Ethos & Values

Relationships are very important to us and the relationships we develop with our children, their families; our community and the wider world enable us to create a warm, caring and happy ethos where everyone is welcome.

Our priority is the happiness of our pupils, within our schools there is a common sense of being involved, supported and successful. The happy child is likely to be the most fulfilled, and we want pupils above all to enjoy their time with us. Learning itself should be challenging and stimulating. We are unashamedly demanding in our academic standards; we firmly believe that there is no ceiling on achievement and that every child can achieve their true potential.

Vision Statement

The Potton Federation exists to provide outstanding educational opportunities to the children of Potton and the surrounding villages from the age of 4 through to 13 years. We have a fully inclusive approach where progress is celebrated and the whole child is valued.

We will do this through strong leadership, effective governance, outstanding teaching and shared learning.