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Information about the different types of schools in North Yorkshire

You must complete a Common Application Form (CAF) for all schools as the local authority has a statutory duty to co-ordinates all admissions to school for the normal year of entry.

Below is a list of the different types of schools available within North Yorkshire.  Some schools may require you to complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) in addition to the CAF.  You should contact schools direct for information on their SIF requirements.  Failure to complete a SIF, if one is required, will result in your application being considered after all other applications where a SIF has been submitted.

Academy schools

Academies schools are directly funded by central government and are independent of the local authority.  Academies manage their own assets, employ their own staff and determine their own admission arrangements. 

Community schools

The school governors are responsible for the strategic management of the school, including appointing staff and managing the school budget. The local authority and the governors share responsibility for maintaining the school buildings. The local authority determines the admission arrangements for community schools.

Faith schools

Faith schools can be various types of schools e.g. academies, free schools, voluntary-aided schools etc. but are associated with a particular religion. Faith schools are free to restrict religious studies to their own particular religion. Anyone may apply for a place at a faith school however the admissions criteria may include certain faith based requirements. 

Foundation schools

Some foundation schools were previously known as 'grant-maintained' schools. The schools governors are responsible for the strategic management of the school, including appointing staff and determining the school's admission arrangements.

Free schools

Free schools are funded by central government and are independent of local authorities. They are 'all-ability' schools and may not use academic selection as part of their admissions process. Free schools are run on a 'not-for-profit' basis and may be set up by groups such as parents, teachers, businesses, charities etc. 

Independent schools

Independent schools are privately run and charge fees to attend instead of being funded by central government. These schools determine their own admission arrangements and should be contacted direct for further details. If you would prefer your child to attend an independent school you should still complete a Common Application Form (CAF), naming the independent school as well as any other schools you may be interested in. We will consider any preferences for a North Yorkshire school according to the order of preference however we will not co-ordinate admissions with any independent school nor offer a place there. 

We will offer a place at a North Yorkshire school even if you have not named one on your CAF.  This is because we have a duty to ensure a school place is available for every North Yorkshire child, unless you confirm in writing, prior to the national offer day, that you have accepted a place at an independent school.  If you accept a place at an independent school after national offer day, please confirm, in writing, to the admissions team so the place offered to your child may be allocated to another.

Selective grammar schools

Within North Yorkshire there are 3 selective grammar schools:

  • Ripon Grammar School;
  • Ermysted's Grammar School for Boys (Skipton); and
  • Skipton Girls' High School (an academy school).*

Admission into Ripon Grammar School and Ermysted's Grammar School for Boys is based on a child's performance in a series of tests designed to identify academic potential.  You should consider carefully whether a selective grammar school is the right choice for your child and whether or not they can meet the required academic standard.  Further information about Ripon Grammar School, Ermysted's Grammar School for Boys and the selection test procedure can be found here.

*As an academy, Skipton Girls High School sets and administers its own selection tests which will differ from those set by North Yorkshire County Council. Please contact the school directly for full details

If you would like your child to attend a grammar school in North Yorkshire you must list the school(s) on your Common Application Form.

Special schools

To attend a 'special school' your child will need to have a final Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education Health and Care Plan.  These schools may specialise in 1 of the 4 areas of special educational needs:

  • communication and interaction;
  • cognition and learning;
  • social, emotional and mental health; and
  • sensory and physical needs.

Trust schools

A trust school is a state-funded foundation school supported by a charitable trust, made up of the school and partners working together for the benefit of the school.  It manages its own assets, employs its own staff and sets its own admission arrangements. 

University technical college (UTC)

A UTC is government funded schools and open to young people aged 14 - 18 years.  A UTC is designed to integrate technical, practical and academic learning and is supported by industry and a local university to deliver its curriculum. Further information on UTCs can be found at

Voluntary schools

These schools are funded by voluntary organisations including religious institutions and educational trusts or foundations.  All have foundation governors appointed to protect and develop the religious or educational character of the school.  There are 2 types of voluntary schools:

  • Voluntary-aided schools
    Both religious education and assemblies are in line with the trust deed.  The board of governors determines the school's admission arrangements, term dates and appoints staff however, it shares responsibility with the local authority in respect of maintaining the school buildings. 
  • Voluntary-controlled schools
    Although funded by voluntary organisations, the local authority fully maintains these schools.  School assemblies are in line with the trust deed however, religious education is in line with the locally agreed syllabus.  In most matters the board of governors has the same duties and powers as those of community schools but the local authority determines the admission arrangements.  
This page was last updated on 21 September 2016