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School Admissions Consultation 2025 to 2026

Coordinated Admission Consultation

In line with the School Admissions Code 2021, we held a coordinated admission consultation on behalf of schools within York and the School Admission Authorities. The consultation was open from 2 October 2023 to 12 November 2023.

The draft admissions policies, published admission numbers and related documents for schools in the City of York area advise how admissions applications and decisions will be made for the 2025 to 2026 school year.

Some draft documents will apply to more than one school where the policy applies to Community and Voluntary Controlled schools and schools within a Multi Academy Trust. The schools to which the policy applies are listed in the policy.

Feedback provided through the admission consultation survey regarding schools where City of York Council are the Admission Authority will be considered by City of York Council. Feedback provided through the admission consultation survey regarding schools which are part of a Multi Academy Trust, where the Trust is the Admission Authority, will be passed to the Trust to be considered.

See further details of the 2025 to 2026 School Admissions Consultation.


Coordinated Admissions Schemes

There are 3 draft Coordinated Admissions Schemes.

Each Scheme explains how the Local Authority will coordinate applications for entry into Reception, Year 3 and Year 7 for all schools (including key dates on coordinating with other local authorities):

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Admissions policies

Community and Voluntary Controlled schools

These draft admissions policies apply to Community and Voluntary Controlled (CVC) schools within the City of York area (that is, where the City of York Council is the admissions authority):

Academy and Voluntary Aided schools

These are the draft admissions policies for Academy or Voluntary Aided Schools.

Some schools have their own admissions policy, and some share a policy - for example, non-church schools within the same Academy trust (it's apparent from each policy which school(s) are covered).

Any fundamental changes to an admission policy are shown in red.

Note: Recently converted academies may not be listed here, as they'll be covered by the Community and Voluntary Controlled policy in place before they became an academy.

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Supplementary Information Forms

You'll require a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) when you need to apply for a specific type of school place, for example:

  • a place in a ballot
  • on the grounds of religion or belief

If the Supplementary Information Form is not listed please contact the school directly.

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Year 12 Admissions Policies

There are 5 draft admissions policies for Post-16/Year 12 entry.

Each school has a separate admissions policy:

Year 12 Application Forms

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Published Admission Numbers

See the published admissions numbers for state-funded schools in the City of York area:

  • infant
  • junior
  • primary
  • secondary

Where there are any proposed changes in admission numbers, this is highlighted.

These schools admit children at the start of either Reception, Year 3, Year 7 or Year 12 as the normal year of entry.

Published Admission Numbers (PAN) proposed changes:

School Proposal Recommedation Reason MAT website
Archbishop of York's Church of England Junior School Reduce PAN from 60 to 45 pupils Support The school has a falling roll and lower numbers in the partner infant school. A reduction to 45 at this point ensures all current children at the infant school a place while enabling more efficient organisation of classes. South York MAT
Bishopthorpe Infant School Reduce PAN from 50 to 30 pupils Support The school has a falling roll and birth rates are projected to continue at the lower numbers. The reduction in PAN would enable a 1 form entry structure. South York MAT
Scarcroft Primary School Reduce PAN from 60 to 45 pupils Support The school has an increasing surplus of places and will be able to restructure to more efficient class sizes. It is proposed that Scarcroft Primary School returns to its original PAN of 45 so the school can resource and staff the curriculum with certainty and reduce disruption of in-year transfers to ensure teaching and learning is of the highest quality. South Bank Academy Trust
St Lawrence’s Church of England Primary School Reduce PAN from 30 to 15 pupils Support The school has falling rolls leading to an increased surplus. This change would enable the school to have a more efficient and effective resourcing model. Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust
Joseph Rowntree School Reduce PAN from 232 to 210 pupils Support The school is forecast a falling roll. The reduced PAN would enable an efficient 7 form entry. Not applicable

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Catchment areas

Find details of current Primary and Secondary catchment areas online, or in our Guide for Parents.

Areas that are likely to see the first housing developments are being consulted on first.

There are no catchment changes as part of this consultation.

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Admissions Consultation surveys

The consultation was open from 2 October 2023 to 12 November 2023.

Feedback provided through Survey Monkey, regarding schools where City of York Council are the Admission Authority will be considered by City of York Council.

Feedback provided through Survey Monkey, regarding schools which are part of a Multi Academy Trust, where the Trust is the Admission Authority, will be passed to the Trust to be considered.

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Other related documents

The following documents don't only relate to the 2025 to 2026 school year, but have been included in the consultation:

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School admissions Determination Notice

Following consultation, all admission authorities must formally set ('determine') their admission arrangements by 28 February 2024 in line with the School Admissions Code 2021 (GOV.UK).

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