St James'CE VA Primary School

Creating a school family founded upon Christian values

  • love
  • hope
  • peace
  • joy
  • forgiveness
  • compassion
  • honesty
  • patience
  • perseverance
  • koinonia




Deciding which is the right school to apply to for your child’s education is very important. Our small school serves the Parish of St James, which includes the village of Biddenham and its surrounds.

As a Voluntary Aided school, all admissions decisions are made by the governing body against clear admissions criteria, which are available in our policy. For all admissions, we work closely with Bedford Borough Council, who co-ordinate the process of applications on our behalf.

We have places for 30 children in each year group, from Reception to Year 6. Tours with the Head teacher are available most weeks, usually on Tuesday afternoons and places can be booked via the school office - 01234 352721


Spaces are available in all year groups; please contact the school office to arrange a visit.


Tours are available in the Autumn Term specifically for parents applying for Starting School places in Reception from September 2019. These are listed below; please telephone the school office to book your place. Please note that some dates may need to change, so do make sure you contact us before coming.

Tuesday, 2nd October 10.00am

Monday 8th October 11.00am

Wednesday 10th October 11.00am

Tuesday 16th October 9.30am

Wednesday 31st October 1.30pm

Thursday 1st November 10.00am

Monday 5th November 10.30am

Wednesday 14th November 10.30am

Monday 19th November 1.30pm

Friday 30th November 11.00am

How to apply


We work with Bedford Borough Council (BBC) as part of the Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme. This means that it manages and administers the admissions process.

If you wish to apply for a Reception place in our school, then you need to contact the BBC Admissions Team to request an Admissions Pack and application form (in September/ October) and you should return the completed form to them.

The contact details are:

School Admissions Service

Borough Hall

Cauldwell Street
MK42 9AP 


Tel: (01234) 718120

Fax: (01234) 228846 

Oversubscription criteria


Please read our admissions policy very carefully and ensure you understand the oversubscription criteria. Please also make sure you meet all published closing dates; failure to do so will mean your application will be considered after all other ‘on time’ applications. A map of our catchment area, the parish of St James, can be viewed here and a link to the 'parish finder' website can be found here.




There is an established appeals process if you are refused a place in the  school. If you wish to appeal a decision made by the school, you should contact Bedford Borough Council, who manage the process; a link to the appeals website can be found here. Please note that the School is not able to discuss any appeal with you or advise you in any way.


Governors have determined their policy for 2018-2019, which can be downloaded here.

Determined Admissions Policy 2019-2020


Governors are currently consulting on their Admissions Policy for 2020-2021, which can be viewed here. The consultation lasts until 30th November; comments should be made in writing, either to the Clerk to the Governing Body via the school, or to


 Information about Admissions Allocations for September 2018