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School - transition between schools
Moving from primary to middle or to secondary school can be a big step. The information below will help guide you through the process of choosing a school that is right for your child when applying for a school place.
Primary and secondary education is provided for pupils in North Yorkshire in a wide variety of schools:
Please note: the County Council is only responsible for the admission criteria and procedures in community schools.
For schools which are responsible for their own admissions the admissions criteria will be different in each case. You should contact the schools to obtain further information about their policies and consider these carefully before you make your preferences. You may have to provide additional information in support of your application. Voluntary aided, foundation and trust school admissions policies can also be found on the school admissions policy section on this website.
Deciding on a school
You may already have an idea of (some of) the things about a school which are important to you and your child. You might have already spoken to other parents or children attending particular schools or to staff employed there. Their ideas may be helpful but your choice should always be based on your own judgment, with as much information as you can get to help you make that decision.
Find out as much as you can about what each school has to offer. You can do this by
Every school produces a school prospectus each year which will contain certain basic information about the school. Other things to consider include
Visit as many schools as you can ; primary schools will be happy to show you round and answer your questions. Most secondary schools hold open evenings during the Autumn term. If you are unable to attend, you can still arrange to visit the school. Before you go, think about the questions you want to ask during your visit and try to speak to staff at the school as well as the headteacher.
Please remember that the headteacher or staff cannot offer you a place at the school or give you an indication of your chance of getting a place at the school. It is the County Council (or governing body for Foundation, Voluntary Aided schools and Academies) who decide who is allocated a place based on the number of applications and the admissions policy.
Remember that you only have a right to express a preference for a school rather than a right to choose which school your child will go to.
The County Council's ability to meet your preference will not only depend on the demand for places at an individual school but also on the total number of places available at that school. Unfortunately naming a school as one of your preferences does not automatically mean that your child is entitled to a place at that school. If a school is oversubscribed, the admissions criteria will be used to work out which pupils will be offered places.
Information about how to apply for a place can be found on the Primary Admissions and Secondary Admissions sections of this website where you will also find the deadlines for applications.