Leeds Admission Policy
We are a voluntary-controlled school and the admission authority is Leeds City Council, who sets our admission policy every year. Read the admission policy.
Entry into Nursery
Find out more about how to join our Nursery. Our website page on Early Years might also help.
How to apply for a September place in Reception
If you are applying for a Reception place for September, all applications are made in advance. Offers are made by the Local Authority on national offer day.
You must apply to the local authority who empties your bins. If this is Leeds, check out the Leeds website which is a composite prospectus for all Leeds schools and includes:
- all of the steps you need to make an application
- the key dates
- a search tool to see if your home address gives any higher priority for admission to any school(s)
- an explanation about how places are offered if there are more applications than spaces (oversubscribed)
- the online application portal (apply online and you’ll be sent your offer by email)
- a summary of each school’s individual admission policy criteria
- data about who got a place in the last three years (this will help you work out if there’s a reasonable chance of your child qualifying for a place)
- information about applying under a specific admission criteria, such as your child being previously looked after (it’s important to ensure you submit all supporting evidence by the deadline to show you meet any such criteria)
Watch the Leeds City Council school admissions video for more information. The council’s social media pages will tell you about any Q&A sessions where you can ask questions.
You can also see information about our school, including previous admission data, on our school page on the Leeds City Council’s website.
The timetable below applies to applications made to Leeds City Council. (If you apply to another local authority, they may have different dates.)
- 01 November 2023: Applications open – apply online
- 15 January 2024: National deadline for applying for Reception 2024
- 12 February 2024: Deadline for making changes that will be considered as being on-time
- 28 February 2024: Final date Leeds City Council uses for adding late applications or receiving change of address evidence; any new applications received after this date will not be offered a school place until the first round of reallocations in May
- 16 April 2024: National offer day (first working day after 16 April)
- 30 April 2024: First cut off for waiting list requests
- 15 May 2024: Any Reception appeal submitted by this date will be heard before the summer holidays start (Leeds City Council arranges our appeals)
- May to end of August 2024: Any available places automatically allocated from waiting lists by the local authority; lower preference school offers are also withdrawn automatically (even if accepted)
- June to July 2024: Appeals heard by independent appeal panels
- September 2024: Start primary school
If you’re moving into Leeds or want to change schools in Leeds, you need to make a school transfer – this is often called an in-year application. This includes applications for a place in Reception after the start of term in September and and applications for a place in all other year groups (Year 1-6).
Moving schools can be a difficult experience for a child. You should always speak to your child’s current school before trying to move to see what support they can offer you.
Leeds City Council has delegated the decision making for in-year applications to our Governing Board.
You can apply for a place online using the Leeds in-year application form. You can apply for places at our school and any other Leeds schools who are part of the centralised Leeds in-year application scheme at the same time.
If you’ve moved house, please upload evidence of the house move with the online application. (Find out what you need to provide on the above website.)
We have to offer places by applying our admission policy criteria to your child’s application and we’ll contact you with our decision about offering you a place. We’ll tell you our decision no later than 15 school days from when you apply.
If we can’t offer you a place, we will:
- write to you to explain the reasons
- explain how you can appeal
- add your child to our waiting list in case a place becomes free
Our waiting lists are kept until the end of each school year. You’ll need to make a new application if you want to be on the waiting list for the following school year.
If we can’t offer you a place, you have the right of appeal. The appeal panel is independent of the school and council and their decision is legally binding. Before you appeal you:
Leeds City Council arranges our appeals. Find the appeal form.
If you’re applying for a Reception place for September 2024, you need to submit your appeal by the deadline to ensure the appeal will be heard before the summer holidays.
Appeals for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are less likely to be successful. This is because these classes are limited to 30 pupils per teacher by law. If we refuse your child a place because of this limit and you want to appeal, you’ll need to make an infant class size appeal. You can see if your reasons are likely to be successful by reading the Department for Education’s information about infant class size appeals.
You can appeal because you want your child to attend a particular school. These are successful if the panel agree that the reasons for your appeal outweigh the school’s decision not to admit any more children.
Wanting your child to go to a school because you think it is the best one in the area is not likely to convince the panel that your child should get a place there.