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In year admissions
Sometimes children need to move school at times other than entry to reception, year 6 transfer to secondary school or transfer to middle school. These changes may be unavoidable, for example when you move house, or sometimes they occur because of difficulties at your child's current school. Changing schools is a big event for any child and should not be undertaken without first talking to the head teacher at your child's current school, to try and resolve any problems.
If you live in North Yorkshire, in-year admission requests must be made by filling in an in-year preference form, available from the education office in Harrogate (see details on reverse). You can list up to five school preferences. You should then return the form to the admissions team at the education office. We will then look at each preference in turn, starting with the highest, and provide your details to the school. If there is not a place available at that school, we will look at your next highest preference and continue down the list until we can offer your child a place. If we are unable to allocate any of your preferences we will discuss this with you.
You may have listed a voluntary-aided, trust or foundation school as one or more of your preferences. These schools are their own admissions authority and may ask you for further information, to decide whether you are eligible for a place according to their admissions policy. They will notify the local authority if they have a place available. The local authority will then advise parents or carers by letter, on behalf of all schools, of the place that has been allocated.
If you have not been allocated a place at your highest preference school you will be offered a statutory right of appeal. A panel, independent of both the school and the local authority, will look at your circumstances and decide whether, even though the school has reached its published admission number (PAN), you should be offered a place. You can make an appeal for more than one school.
If you have been refused a place at a community or voluntary-controlled school, appeal papers will normally be enclosed with the letter advising you of the outcome of your application. Please contact the education office for any additional forms required, or for more information about the appeal process. If you have been refused a place at a voluntary aided, foundation or trust school, you will need to contact the school direct to get an appeal form. The school in question will arrange to hear any appeal under their agreed admission appeal arrangements.
Parents who do not wish to accept a place at a school offered to them must notify the local authority within two weeks of the offer being made. If you are not currently living in North Yorkshire, but are requesting a place at a North Yorkshire school, you should contact your home authority and complete their in-year preference form. If you are planning to move into North Yorkshire, we will need to know when you are moving and the address in North Yorkshire that you are moving to, to enable us to process your application.
If you have already moved to North Yorkshire you should complete a North Yorkshire in-year preference form. We will process your application but may require proof of residency before considering offering a school place. Information about all schools in North Yorkshire can be found at www.northyorks.gov.uk/admissions or by calling the admissions team at the education office on 0845 034 9420. They will also help you with any queries you may have about your application.
Information about our over-subscription criteria can be found at www.northyorks.gov.uk/policies. Details about the catchment or normal school for your address can also be obtained from the admissions team at the education office. Pupils offered a place at their catchment or normal school, will be offered transport to school if they qualify in accordance with our home to school transport policy. Information about this can be found at www.northyorks.gov.uk/travelsupport or by calling the transport team on 0845 034 9422. If parents name a school other than their catchment or normal school, and are offered a place, they will normally be responsible for transport.
You can apply online for an in-year school place here.