School appeals

If you are unsuccessful in being offered a place at Lincoln Castle Academy on the National Offer Day, Tuesday, 01 March 2022 you have the right to appeal against this decision to an independent appeals panel.

How to lodge an appeal

Please appeal online using the local authority website using the following link:

Appeals timetable:

National offer day: 01 March 2022

Deadline for an appeal to be received:  Noon, 29 March 2022


Applications for places in Year 7 at the Academy will be made in accordance with the co-ordinated admission arrangements in the local authority area in which the prospective pupil lives and will be made by the online portal provided and administered by the relevant local authority [external link].

Lincoln Castle Academy will use the following timetable for applications each year which, whenever possible, will fit in with the common timetable agreed by the Lincolnshire local authority:

  • July/September/October –Lincoln Castle Academy will provide opportunities for parents to visit the Academy
  • By 31 October – applications to be completed and returned to the relevant local authority to administer
  • By 10 February – the Lincolnshire local authority applies the agreed scheme for own schools, informing other local authorities of offers to be made to their residents
  • 1 March - offers made to parents of pupils joining secondary provision.

The Governors will accept admissions into other year groups if there are places. If there are more applications than places then the over-subscription criteria will be used to decide who should be offered the place. If there are no places then you will be told of the independent appeal system.

Applications to transfer mid-year should be made through the County Council Admissions Team.  The County Council then contacts the school.

LCA Admissions Policy 2023-24

Please find below a set of questions with answers to help you apply for a place at Lincoln Castle Academy.

Further information may be found using the links above or by contacting us (details below).


To view Government School Admissions and Appeals Codes, please click here.


Applications should be made online at admissions  or by telephoning School Admissions on 01522 782030 if you do not have internet access. Reception staff at Lincoln CastleAcademy are available tonight to assist you with your application if required.

Applications must be in by the end of October.

We have two transition days in early July, your child will spend those days meeting school staff and experiencing sample lessons. Our teaching staff visit primary schools during June to meet new students and liaise with primary teaching staff to ensure we offer an individualised transition programme.

Yes; subject to continued funding, Lincoln Castle Academy runs a Summer School during July / August to support the transition of Year 6s into our Year 7. Summer school is always a huge success.

We liaise with Primary school staff prior to students starting at LCA to ensure your child’s needs are catered for prior to their start date. If you have any concerns regarding your child’s special needs please contact our SENCO Mrs Drury who will be able to assist you.

Registration starts at 8.35am prompt.

We finish at 3pm Monday to Friday.

We have a 15 minute morning break from 11.00am to 11.15am and a 40 minute lunch break from 1.20pm to 2.00pm. Food is served in the main canteen at break and lunch with a varied menu at very reasonable prices.

Breakfast is available for students from 7.15am in the canteen, which serves bagels, cereals, tea and water.

Students will have five varied lessons a day plus morning registration. There will be two lessons before break, two lessons before lunch and one in the afternoon.

Your current school is now responsible for applying on your behalf.

You simply need to provide them with your name, date of birth and National Insurance Number. It’s quick and easy to apply; we do all the hard work for you.

Alternatively you can apply online by clicking on the following link:

Don’t worry! Lincoln Castle Academy uses a cashless catering system and FSM students are not differentiated from other students. Your child’s account is loaded with a sum of money (Currently £2.25 per day) and students simply go through the same as everyone else. Your allowance may be used for Breakfast, Break or Lunch and topped up with extra cash if necessary through the onsite cash machines or through a Parentpay account.

LCA operates a cashless catering system using fingerprint biometric data. Meals are paid for via two cash machines placed in the entrance to West Block and East Block or by using our online Parentpay facility.

Yes of course, facilities are available for students to eat their own packed lunch or school meals.

The Study Hub is an area available for independent study for Sixth Form students. Key Stage 4 Students are permitted to use the facilities in the Study Hub at break and lunchtime.

Holidays are not permitted during term time. If you do need to take your child out of school under exceptional circumstances please contact Mrs Medley, our Attendance Officer.

We have a wide range of sports clubs available after school including Club nights on Mondays and Thursdays from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Details are available here. Departments often run after school study clubs, individual teachers would provide more information once your child starts. We also offer a range of lunchtime activities.

Departments and year groups run many vocational trips throughout the year, and we also run trips as part of our termly rewards scheme. We run very popular annual day trips on a Saturday to Alton Towers and Flamingo Land, a weekend visit to London, and an annual residential trip to Spain or France, or as in 2016, a ski trip to Italy.

Your first point of contact would be your child’s tutor who is responsible for their wellbeing.

Bullying is not tolerated at Lincoln Castle Academy and will be dealt with as soon as we are able. Your first point of contact would be your child’s tutor who will investigate the circumstances.

All property should be clearly marked with your child’s name. Lost property is generally handed in at the reception office.

This website has a wealth of information and copies of letters regarding events are available under the Information menu above. We are in the process of sending letters home electronically via email and you will be asked to provide details of your email address on your child’s admission form.

Our uniform is available from Uniform Direct, High Street, Lincoln. We currently have stock of some PE Kit in school at reduced prices, available on a first come first serve basis. Details are on our Uniform page.

Click on the following link: Home Education information for parents 2019