View admissions policies for schools in North Yorkshire.

This page deals with admissions policies for 2018-19. For previous years policies see the bottom of the page.

North Yorkshire County Council, being the admission authority for all community and voluntary controlled primary and secondary schools in its area has determined the admission arrangements for the 2018-19 school year. The admission arrangements for those schools within North Yorkshire that are not community or voluntary controlled schools are determined by their respective governing bodies or academy trust.

Copies of the determined admission arrangements for voluntary aided, foundation and trust schools and academies are available from the individual schools.

Any person or body who considers that any maintained school or academy's arrangements are unlawful, or not in compliance with the code or relevant law relating to admissions, can make an objection to the schools adjudicator.

Objections must be referred to the adjudicator by 15 May in the determination year. Further information on how to make an objection can be obtained from the office of the schools adjudicator:

Office of the Schools Adjudicator, Bishopsgate House, Feethams, Darlington DL1 5QE
Telephone: 01325 340402
Email: osa.team@osa.gsi.gov.uk
Website: GOV.UK office of the schools adjudicator

Local authority report to the Schools Adjudicator

 You can view the annual report which we send to the Schools Adjudicator here (pdf / 60 KB).

Further information about the determined arrangements and advice on the objection procedure may be obtained from: Children and Young People's Service, North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton DL7 8AE. Telephone: 01609 532644.

Listed below are the 'determined' school admissions policies for North Yorkshire schools together with admissions policies for 2018-19 for voluntary aided, foundation, trust schools and academies.

If you are looking for the admission arrangements for voluntary aided, voluntary trust or academies schools and they are not displayed on the North Yorkshire County Council website, please refer directly to that school's website. Should you require a hard copy of these arrangements, please contact the school in question or the local authority.

Where a school is oversubscribed all schools must give the highest priority to looked after children and previously looked after children. Previously looked after children are children who were previously looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order.

All governing bodies are required by Section 324 of the Education Act 1996 or the Children's and Families Act 2014 to admit to the school a child with an education, health and care plan (EHCP), formerly a statement of special needs (SEN), which names the school. This is not an oversubscription criterion and relates only to children who have undergone statutory assessment and for whom an EHCP has been issued. If a school is oversubscribed after the admission of children with an EHCP the following criteria will apply for North Yorkshire schools.

Priority group one

Looked after children and all previously looked after children for whom the school has been expressed as a preference. Previously looked after children are children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted* or became subject to a child arrangement order* or special guardianship order.

This applies to all looked after children, including those who are in the care of another local authority or being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services function at the time of making an application.

In the case of previously looked after children, a copy of the relevant documentation will be required in support of the application.

*This includes children who were adopted under the Adoption Act 1976 and children who were adopted under the Adopted & Children Act 2002. Child arrangement orders replace residence orders and any residence order in force prior to 22 April 2014 is deemed to be a child arrangement order.

Priority group two

Children the authority considers to have exceptional social or medical reasons for admission.

We will only consider applications on social or medical grounds if they are supported by a professional recommendation from a doctor, social worker or other appropriate professional. The supporting evidence should set out the particular social or medical reason(s) why the school in question is the most suitable school and the difficulties that would be caused if the child had to attend another school.

All supported applications will be assessed by a panel of qualified professionals. Unsupported applications will not be considered under this criterion.

Priority group three

Children living within the catchment area of the school.

If a school is oversubscribed, priority will be given to a sibling at that school in September 2018, and then to those living nearest the school. In all cases, "sibling" refers to brother or sister, half-brother or half-sister, step brother or step sister, or the child of a parent / carer's partner, where the child for the school places sought is living at the same family unit and at the same address as the "sibling".

Priority group four

Children living outside the catchment area of the school.

If a school is oversubscribed, priority will be given to a sibling at that school in September 2018, and then to those living nearest the school. In all cases, "sibling" refers to brother or sister, half-brother or half-sister, step brother or step sister, or the child of a parent / carer's partner, where the child for the school places sought is living at the same family unit and at the same address as the "sibling".

Children in higher numbered priority groups will be offered places ahead of those in lower numbered priority groups. All applications within each priority group will be considered equally (i.e. all applications, regardless of order of preference).

Tie break

All distance measurements are based on the nearest route recognised by the county council's electronic mapping system from a child's home address to school. The measurement is made from a fixed point within the dwelling, as identified by Ordnance Survey, to the nearest school entrance using footpaths and roads. The routes measured to determine the allocation of school places will be those recognised by the electronic mapping system used by the admissions team.

A home address means the place where your child lives permanently for most of the time. If the residency of your child is split between both parents, we consider the home address to be the address where the child lives for the majority of the week (Monday to Friday). Parents will be required to complete and return a split residency form detilaing the split.

If the distance tie-break is not sufficient to distinguish between applicants in a particular priority group a random allocation will be used.

Please note: if you preference a school other than your catchment area school, you will be responsible for transporting your child to that school, together with any associated costs, for the duration of their time at their school.

Random allocation procedure

Random allocations are necessary where:

  1. There is more than one applicant ranked equally according to the published admission rules and there are insufficient places available to allocate all of the equally ranked applicants.
  2. This occurs where applicants are equidistant from a school because the usual method of measuring distance to the school results in two unrelated applicants having the same distance measurement.

Each random allocation event only holds for the allocation of the currently available school place. On any waiting list the remaining applicants remain equally ranked and any further place is offered as the result of a further random exercise. In making a random allocation it is important that there is scrutiny from a person who is not involved in the allocation process.

Definition of roles

  • Independent scrutineer - this is a person who ensures the process is carried out in a correct and transparent way. The independent scrutineer must be independent of the school for which the allocation is to be made and also must be independent of the council's admissions and transport team.
  • Admissions officer - this is an officer from the council's admissions and transport team who is responsible for carrying out the administration of the random allocation procedure and recording the results, under the scrutiny of the independent scrutineer.
  • Person who makes the draw - this must be a person independent of the school for which the allocation is to be made and must be a person who is not part of the council's admissions and transport team.

Process to be followed

This entire process is to be carried out in sight of, and under the scrutiny of, the independent scrutineer.

  1. The admissions officer allocates each pupil to be included in the draw a number and records it on the 'random allocation cross reference sheet'. This is placed in a sealed envelope.
  2. The admissions officer prepares as many equal sized pieces of white paper as are necessary, which are numbered consecutively.
  3. The admissions officer folds each numbered sheet and seals them in identical envelopes, i.e. envelopes with no visibly identifiable differences.
  4. The admissions officer shuffles the envelopes and hands them to the person who makes the draw, who shuffles the envelopes again, picks one envelope and opens it.
  5. The admissions officer records the first number drawn on the 'random allocation record sheet'.
  6. If more than one place can be offered they continue to draw envelopes and record numbers until all of the available places are allocated.
  7. The admissions officer then opens the previously sealed envelope containing the 'random allocation cross reference sheet' and records the numbers drawn on the 'random allocation cross reference sheet', marking clearly which child(ren) has(have) been allocated a place and which have not.
  8. Once the process has been completed, the admissions officer, independent scrutineer and person who makes the draw should sign and date both the 'random allocation record sheet' and the 'random allocation cross reference sheet' in order to certify that the procedure has been carried out correctly.

Scarborough area

Graham School

For priority group three applications, (that is, children living within the catchment area covering the school), priority will be given as follows:

  1. Children living in the area normally served by East Ayton Community Primary School and the area west of Scalby Road from Lady Edith's Drive to Scalby Beck;

  2. Children who will have an older sibling at the school in September 2018; and then
  3. Children who live nearest to the school.

Scalby School
For priority group four applications, (that is, children living outside the catchment area of the school), priority will be given to children who live in the area normally served by East Ayton Community Primary School and the area west of Scalby Road from Lady Edith's Drive to Scalby Beck and who:

  1. Will have an older sibling at Scalby School at the start of term when the younger sibling starts school in September 2018; or
  2. Would have to make the longest journey to another school without them becoming eligible for help with travel costs under the local authority transport policy.

Selby area

Brayton High School and Selby High School
For the purposes of admissions for priority group three children a distinction is drawn between those who live in Selby rural area and those who live in Selby town area. Each school, Brayton High School and Selby High School has its own designated rural catchment area but the schools are jointly the catchment schools for Selby town area. Places will be offered, within priority group three, to children from the individual rural catchment area associated with each school before those in the town area, using the tie-break elements of the admissions policy for community and voluntary controlled schools for the academic year 2018-19 where necessary.

Ripon area

Ripon Grammar School
Ripon Grammar School is a designated grammar school1 this means the school is permitted to select its entire intake on the basis of high academic ability (Section 104 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1996). The school does not have to fill all its available places if applicants have not reached the required standard. Ripon Grammar School offers 103 day places and 14 boarding places.

As a maintained boarding school Ripon Grammar School may take boarders as well as day pupils. Maintained boarding schools can set separate admission numbers for day places and boarding places. A maintained boarding school can interview applicants to assess their suitability for boarding, such interviews however, must only consider whether a child presents a serious health and safety hazard to other boarders or whether they would be able to cope with and benefit from a boarding environment.

To help with this assessment the school may use a supplementary information form (SIF) and information from the previous school and the child's home authority (on safeguarding issues).

Boarding schools must give priority in their oversubscription criteria in the following order:

  • Looked after and previously looked after children.
  • Children of UK Armed Forces who qualify for Ministry of Defence financial assistance with the cost of boarding fees.
  • Children with a 'boarding need', defined by Ripon Grammar School as follows:
    1. Children 'at risk' or with an unstable home environment, and children of service personnel who have died while serving or who have been discharged from service as a result of attributable injury; or
    2. Children of key workers and Crown Servants working abroad, for example the children of charity workers, people working for voluntary service organisations, the diplomatic service or the European Union, teachers, law enforcement officers and medical staff working aboard whose work dictates they spend much of the year overseas.

1As designated by the Education (Grammar School Designation) Order 1998 (SI 1998 / 2219). Where a designated Grammar School converts to become an Academy, the Academy is permitted to continue selecting their entire intake: Section 6(3) of the Academies Act 2010.

Admission authorities must provide for the admission of all children in the September following their fourth birthday.

Parents offered a place in reception for their child have a right to defer the date their child is admitted, or to take the place up part-time, until the child reaches compulsory school age. Places cannot be deferred beyond the beginning of the final term of the school year for which the offer was made. Children reach compulsory school age on the prescribed day following their fifth birthday (or on their fifth birthday if it falls on a prescribed day). The prescribed days are 31 August, 31 December and 31 March.

The school admission code states that 'Parents may seek a place for their child outside of their normal age group, for example, if the child is gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health. In addition, the parents of a summer born child may choose not to send that child to school until the September following their fifth birthday and may request that they are admitted out of their normal age group - to reception rather than year 1.'

When such a request is made, the local authority will make a decision on the basis of the circumstances of the case and in the best interests of the child concerned, taking into account the views of the head teacher and any supporting evidence provided by the parent. This will include taking account of the parent's views; information about the child's academic, social and emotional development; where relevant, their medical history and the views of a medical professional; whether they have previously been educated out of their normal age group; and whether they may naturally have fallen into a lower age group if it were not for being born prematurely. The local authority will notify parents in writing of the outcome of their request setting out the reasons for their decision. Parents have a statutory right to appeal against the refusal of a place at a school for which they have applied. This right does not apply if they are offered a place at the school but it is not in their preferred age group.

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Voluntary aided, foundation, trust schools and academies admission arrangements for 2018-19

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Admission arrangements 2017-18

Admissions policies for other schools 2017-18

Voluntary aided, foundation, trust schools and academies admission arrangements for 2017-18.

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