To apply for a school place, you should complete an online application. Before completing an application, please read the information below.
Types of application
There are several different types of application for a school place.
Information you need to consider before making an application may vary depending on whether your child is starting at primary, infant, junior or secondary school for the first time.
For more information on starting school at the different years of entry, go to:
If your child is moving schools either during the school year or for the start of the next school year, then you will need to make an in-year application. Examples of this include when moving to York or requesting to move your child from one school to another within York.
Applications for Year 12 or 13 should be made directly to the school.
Guide for parents
We have created a Guide for Parents, which contains useful information for parent and carers on school admissions, including key information on catchment areas, parental responsibility, fair access, service families, your address, the oversubscription criteria, and key dates including when you will find out which school your child has been allocated.
If your child has an 'Education, Health and Care Plan' (or statement) of special educational need, there is a separate admissions process.
Applications should be submitted to the Local Authority where you live at the time of application. If you are currently outside the UK but are moving to York, please apply to us.
You can express up to five preferences in your application. We operate an equal preference system which means that we consider all of your preferences and offer you the highest ranked preference we can.
Putting a school as your first and only preference does not increase your chance of being successful.
If we cannot offer you any of your preferences and you are without a local school place, you will be allocated the nearest school with places available, this may not be your catchment school area, but will be within a reasonable distance of your home address. It is therefore advisable to use all of your five preferences.
Supplementary information forms
If you are applying for schools outside of the City of York area or faith schools such as your local Church of England or Roman Catholic Primary or Secondary School you may also need to provide additional information such as proof of baptism, or fill in a Supplementary Information Form (SIF).
You should check with the school directly if a SIF is required, but you must always apply to your home Local Authority.
The Local Authority may withdraw the offer of a school place if an application is found to be fraudulent or intentionally misleading. This withdrawal may be either before or after the child has taken up the place.