Admissions statistics and policies

Read about our policies relating to school admissions, including oversubscription criteria, PAN numbers, waiting lists and appeals.

It is your responsibility to make yourself aware of all the information relating to school admissions before you submit your application form. 

North Yorkshire County Council is the admission authority for all community and voluntary controlled primary and secondary schools in its area. We have determined the admission arrangements for the current school year. As the local authority, we make the decisions about admissions to community and voluntary controlled schools. Admission to voluntary-aided, foundation, trust schools and academies are controlled by the governing body or academy trust of the school, although we co-ordinate admissions and will make the offer on their behalf, to your highest preference school with an available place. More information about the different types of schools can be found here

Head teachers cannot offer your child a place or guarantee the availability of a place at their school.  

Admissions policies

Where possible, we will allocate a place to your child to the school you have listed on your application form. However, if that school is oversubscribed, meaning that there are more applicants than there are places available, the oversubscription criteria will apply. 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).

These are the criteria for community and voluntary controlled primary and secondary schools in North Yorkshire.

Order Priority group More details
1 Looked after children and all previously looked after children for whom the school has been expressed as a preference.

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.

Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a child arrangement order or special guardianship order. 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's Act 2002. Child Arrangements Orders replace residence orders and any residence order in force prior to 22 April 2014 is deemed to be a Child Arrangements Order.

2 Children the authority considers have special 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. Panels of professionally qualified people will consider all applications made under priority group 2. Find more information here.
3 Children living within the normal area of the school.

Find out about catchment areas here.

If a school is oversubscribed, priority will be given to a sibling at that school in the September of the younger sibling's entry, 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".

4 Children living outside the normal area of the school.

If a school is oversubscribed, priority will be given to a sibling at that school in the September of the younger sibling's entry, 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".

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 general oversubscription criteria will apply for North Yorkshire schools.

All distance measurements are based on the nearest route recognised by our 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 detailing 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 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.

  • 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.

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.

Other types of schools, and specific arrangements

The policies above apply to community schools and voluntary controlled schools. However, specific arrangements can apply to the types of schools which are able to set their own admissions policies, such as voluntary aided, trust schools, foundation schools and academies.

You can also find information below on secondary school catchment areas, arranged by village or primary school. You can find more explanation on how catchment areas and view our map here.

If you are looking for any policies which are not displayed below or if you need a hard copy, please contact the school directly. This is advisable in any case, to check if they require a supplementary information form.

The Craven area is the same as that maintained by Craven District Council and stretches from Burton-in-Lonsdale in the west to Beamsley in the east, and from Oughtershaw in the north to Ickornshaw in the south. Pupils whose main permanent residence is within the boundaries of the electoral areas of Steeton, Eastburn and Silsden parish councils are included in the area normally served by South Craven School, but primary schools in these areas are maintained by Bradford Metropolitan District Council.

School name Places are normally provided if you live in the areas served by these primary schools:
Settle College Bentham, Burton-in-Lonsdale, Clapham, Ingleton, Austwick, Giggleswick, Hellifield, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Long Preston, Rathmell and Settle
South Craven School

Cononley, Cowling, Glusburn, Kildwick, Lothersdale and Sutton-in-Craven

The electoral areas of Eastburn, Silsden and Steeton in Bradford Metropolitan District Council area.

 Download the admissions policy for South Craven School (pdf / 2 MB)

Ermysted's Grammar School (boys only) and Skipton Girls' High School (both selective)

Beamsley, Bradley, Burnsall, Carleton, Cracoe, Embsay, Gargrave, Grassington, Kettlewell, Kirkby-in-Malhamdale, Skipton, Thornton-in-Craven and Threshfield, only for those children deemed suitable due to their performance in a series of selection tests.

 Download the admissions policy for Ermysted's Grammar School (pdf / 367 KB) /  Ermysted's Grammar School (Sixth form) (pdf / 490 KB)

Skipton Academy (non-selective) Bradley, Carleton, Embsay, Gargrave, Kirkby-in-Malhamdale, Skipton and Thornton-in-Craven
Upper Wharfedale School (non-selective) Beamsley, Burnsall, Cracoe, Grassington, Kettlewell and Threshfield
Holy Family Roman Catholic School, Keighley You will need to contact the school directly to find out its admissions policies and procedures.

Selection procedures

For details of the selection scheme, as well as the schools admissions policies, please see the selective schools section.

The Harrogate area is the same as that maintained by Harrogate Borough Council, except for Burton-on-Yore, Colsterdale, Ellingstring, Ellington High and Low, Fearby, Healey, Ilton-cum-Pott, Masham and Swinton-with-Warthermarske. These are covered by the Northallerton area.

Secondary schools in the town of Harrogate

School name Places are normally provided if you live in these areas:
Harrogate Grammar School, Harrogate High School and Rossett School

Harrogate town area, which is the Harrogate civil parish, the part of Killinghall parish lying south of the Harrogate to Skipton road, and east of the Killinghall to Otley road, and part of Walton Park extending into the parish of Kirkby Overblow.

 Download the admissions policy for Harrogate Grammar School (pdf / 909 KB) /  Harrogate Grammar School (Sixth Form) (pdf / 909 KB)

Harrogate Grammar School, Harrogate High School and Rossett School

The Harrogate rural area, which includes Birstwith, Clint, Felliscliffe, Follifoot and Plompton, Hampsthwaite, Haverah Park and Beckwithshaw, Kearby-with-Netherby, Killinghall (except for the area defined under Harrogate town area, above), Kirkby Overblow, Darley and Menwith, North Rigton, Ripley, Sicklinghall, Spofforth-with-Stockeld, South Stainley-with-Cayton, Washburn, Weeton and Bishop Thornton.

Middleton or Nesfield-with-Langbar (however, if you wish to apply for a place at a school in Ilkley or another area maintained by Bradford Metropolitan District Council, you should list them on the North Yorkshire application form and we will coordinate the application with Bradford.)

Askwith, Denton, Farnley, Leathley, Lindley, Newall-with-Clinton, Stainburn and Weston (however, if you wish to apply for a place at Prince Henry's Grammar School, Otley or another school maintained by Leeds City Council, you should list them on the North Yorkshire application form and we will coordinate the application with Leeds.)

St Aidans Church of England High School

You will need to contact the school directly. 

 Download the admissions policy for St Aidan’s Church of England High School (pdf / 94 KB)

St. John Fisher Catholic High School You will need to contact the school directly to find out its admissions policies and procedures.

Admissions criteria for Harrogate High School and Rossett School

Children with a statement of special educational needs or education health care plan naming that school will be allocated a place in line with section 324 of the Education Act 1996.

Priority Criteria

Priority 1

Children and young people in public care and previously looked after children, that is children who were adopted (or subject to residence orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been looked after, for whom the school has been expressed as a preference.

Priority 2

Children the authority believes have special social or medical reasons for admission.

Priority 3

Children living in the Harrogate rural zone and Harrogate town zone.

Priority 4

Children living outside the Harrogate rural and Harrogate town zones.

Once places have been allocated to those with a statement of special education need and those in priority groups 1 and 2, the remaining places will be allocated on the basis of 21 per cent of places being available to children living in the Harrogate rural zone and 79 per cent of places being available to children living in the Harrogate town zone. Unallocated places in either of the priority 3 zones would be assigned to the other zone before giving priority to children from outside the Harrogate zones.

Tie break:

If there are not enough places for all of the children in one of these priority groups we will give priority first to those with a sibling at the school in the September of the younger sibling's entry.

Within priority 3, town children with a sibling will have highest priority for town places and rural children with a sibling will have highest priority for rural places.

If, within each zone there are not enough places for all those with a sibling at the school, we will give priority within that zone to those children living nearest the school. All distance measurements are based on the nearest route recognised by the 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 school admissions team.

Priority will then be given within each zone to priority 3 children without a sibling at the school but who live nearest to the school.

If, within priority 4, there are not enough places for all those with a sibling at the school in the September of the younger sibling's entry, we will give priority to those children living nearest the school. Priority will then be given to priority 4 children without a sibling at the school but who live nearest to the school.

Admissions criteria for Harrogate Grammar School

Children with a statement of special educational needs or education health care plan naming that school will be allocated a place in line with section 324 of the Education Act 1996.

Priority Criteria

Priority 1

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

Priority 2

Children the governing body believes have special social or medical reasons for admission.

Priority 3

Children of current Harrogate Grammar School staff (see definitions #) living in the Harrogate rural zone and Harrogate town zone. Staff must have been employed by Harrogate Grammar School for at least two years at the time when the application for admission is made.

Priority 4

Children living in the Harrogate rural zone and Harrogate town zone.

Priority 5

Children living outside the Harrogate rural and Harrogate town zones.

Under priority 2 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 Harrogate Grammar School is the most suitable school and the difficulties that would be caused if the child had to attend another school. A panel of professionally qualified people will consider all applications made under priority 2.

If there are not enough remaining places for all children in priority 4 at Harrogate Grammar School, places will be allocated on the following basis: 21 per cent of places being available to children living in the Harrogate rural zone and 79 per cent of places being available to children living in the Harrogate town zone.

Unallocated places in either of the priority 4 zones would be assigned to the other zone before giving priority to children from outside the Harrogate zones.

Tie break:
If there are not enough places for all of the children in any of these priority groups we will give priority first to those with a sibling* at the school in the September of the younger sibling's entry and then to those living nearest to the school. If there are not enough places for all those with a sibling at the school in the September of the younger sibling's entry, we will give priority to those children living nearest the school.**

Within priority 4, town children with a sibling will have highest priority for town places and rural children with a sibling will have highest priority for rural places.

Definitions:
# 'Staff' refers to all members of staff who have been employed for two years and work at Harrogate Grammar School.

* 'Sibling' In all cases sibling refers to brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or the child of the parent / carer's partner where the child for whom the school place is sought is living in the same family unit at the same address as that sibling.

** All distances are based on the nearest route recognised by the 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 school admissions team. 

These are part of the Harrogate area.

Boroughbridge

School name Places are normally provided if you live in these areas:
Boroughbridge High School Arkendale, Boroughbridge, Brafferton, Cattal, Copgrove, Cundall-with-Leckby, Dunsforth, Ellenthorpe, Fawdington, Ferrensby, Great Ouseburn, Great Ribston with Walshford, Green Hammerton, Helperby, Humberton, Hunsingore, Kirby Hill, Kirk Hammerton, Langthorpe, Little Ouseburn, Marton-cum-Grafton, Marton-le-Moor, Milby, Myton-on-Swale, Norton-le-Clay, Nun Monkton, Roecliffe, Staveley, Thornton Bridge, Thorneville, Thorpe Underwoods, Walkingham Hill-with-Occaney, Westwick and Whixley. Places will also normally be provided for children of families who live in the housing associated with Dishforth Airfield.

Knaresborough

School name Places are normally provided if you live in these areas:
King James' School

Knaresborough, Allerton Mauleverer with Hopperton, Brearton, Coneythorpe with Clareton, Farnham, Flaxby, Goldsborough, Kirk Deighton, Knaresborough Outer, Little Ribston, Nidd, North Deighton, Scotton and Scriven.

The areas normally served by Tockwith Church of England and Long Marston Church of England Primary Schools (however, you are also entitled to apply for a place at Tadcaster Grammar School.)

In parts of Kirk Deighton parish, if you wish to apply for a place at Wetherby High School or another school maintained by Leeds City Council, you should list them on the North Yorkshire application form and we will coordinate the application with Leeds. 

Children living in the civil parish of Moor Monkton may want to apply for places at schools maintained by City of York Council. If you wish to apply for a place at a school maintained by City of York Council, you should list them on the North Yorkshire application form and we will coordinate the application with York. 

Ripon

School name Places are normally provided if you live in these areas:
Outwood Academy Ripon, Ripon Grammar School

The City of Ripon, and the parishes of Aldfield, Azerley, Bishop Monkton, Bridge Hewick, Burton Leonard, Copt Hewick, Eavestone, Givendale, Grantley, Grewelthorpe, Hutton Conyers, Kirkby Malzeard, Laverton, Lindrick with Studley Royal and Fountains, Littlethorpe, Markenfield Hall, Markington-with-Wallerthwaite, Newby-with-Mulwith, North Stainley with Sleningford, Sawley, Sharow, Skelding, Skelton, Studley Roger and Winksley.

Details of the admissions policies for Ripon secondary schools

Outwood Academy Ripon is a non-selective secondary school in a selective area, offering courses for children aged 11-18. Ripon Grammar School is a selective school that offers courses for children aged 11-18, it has a boarding facility for up to 100 students. Boarding is either weekly or termly and a boarding fee is required for your child to be able to board at Ripon Grammar School. Children can only be admitted to Ripon Grammar School if they have been deemed suitable for a selective grammar school education, in accordance with the local authority selection tests.

Outwood Academy Ripon
Outwood Academy Ripon is an Academy Trust School that is the designated secondary school for pupils living within a defined catchment area. All distance measurements to determine the allocation of school places are based on a straight line distance as determined by our electronic mapping system from a child’s home address to the nearest school entrance. 

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.

The selection procedure

For details of the selection scheme, as well as the schools admissions policies, please see the selective schools section.

Upper Nidderdale (Pateley Bridge)

School name Places are normally provided if you live in these parishes:
Nidderdale High School and Community College

Bewerley (including the urban area of Pateley Bridge and the village of Greenhow), Dacre, Fountains Earth, Hartwith cum Winsley, High and Low Bishopside, Stonebeck Down, Stonebeck Up, Thornthwaite with Padside, Thruscross and Warsill

The College caters for pupils aged 11-16. Children who want to continue full-time education at school beyond the age of 16, would normally apply for places in the sixth form of schools in the town of Harrogate.

The Northallerton area includes the towns of Bedale, Catterick, Easingwold, Hawes, Leyburn, Northallerton, Richmond, Stokesley and Thirsk, and the rural areas surrounding those towns.

It also includes Burton-on-Yore, Colsterdale, Ellingstring, Ellington High and Low, Fearby, Healey, Ilton-cum-Pott, Masham and Swinton-with-Warthermarske which are maintained by Harrogate Borough Council.

It stretches from Shipton-by-Beningbrough in the south (which borders City of York Council), to Croft in the north (which borders Darlington Council), and Great Ayton in the north east (which borders Redcar and Cleveland Council), to Arkengarthdale in the north west (which borders Cumbria County Council).

Secondary schools in the local area

School name Places are normally provided if you live in the areas covered by these primary schools:
Northallerton School and Sixth Form

Ainderby Steeple CE, Alverton, Applegarth, Appleton Wiske, Brompton, Broomfield, East Cowton CE, Great Smeaton, Kirkby Fleetham CE, Mill Hill, Osmotherley, Romanby, Sacred Heart RC, South Otterington CE Primary Schools

Croft CE (except Croft-on-Tees, Dalton-on-Tees and Eryholme for which the designated secondary school is Richmond School)

The area formerly served by Ingleby Arncliffe CE - East Harlsey, Staddle Bridge and Mount Grace only (otherwise, the designated secondary school is Stokesley School)

Knayton CE - the area which serves the former Silton and Kepwick CE Primary School only (otherwise, the designated secondary school is Thirsk School)

North and South Cowton Primary School - Atley Hill and Pepper Arden only (otherwise, the designated secondary school is Richmond School)

Bedale School Aiskew Leeming Bar CE, Bedale CE, Burneston CE, Crakehall CE, Hackforth and Hornby CE, Hunton & Arrathorne, Leeming & Londonderry, Leeming RAF, Masham CE, Masham, Kell Bank CE, Snape, St Nicholas CE and Thornton Watlass CE Primary Schools
Easingwold School The areas covered by Alne Primary, Crayke CE, Easingwold, Forest of Galtres Anglican / Methodist, Huby CE, Hustwaite CE, Linton on Ouse, Sheriff Hutton, Stillington and Sutton on the Forest CE Primary Schools
Richmond School

Arkengarthdale CE, Barton CE, Brompton on Swale CE, Eppleby Forcett CE, Gunnerside Methodist, Melsonby Methodist, Middleton Tyas CE, Ravensworth CE, Reeth, Richmond CE, Richmond Methodist, Richmond St Mary's RC, St Mary's CE Bolton on Swale Primary Schools and including some areas served by Croft CE and North and South Cowton Primary School.

Croft CE Primary School - Croft-on-Tees, Dalton-on-Tees and Eryholme only (otherwise, the designated secondary school is Northallerton School and Sixth Form)

Risedale Sports and Community College Catterick Garrison Carnagill, Catterick Garrison Wavell Junior, Colburn, Hipswell, Le Cateau and Michael Syddall CE Primary Schools
Stokesley School

Bilsdale, Midcable Chopgate CE, Carlton & Faceby CE, Great Ayton Roseberry, Hutton Rudby, Ingleby Greenhow CE, Kirkby & Great Broughton CE, Stokesley, the area formerly served by Swainby & Potto CE

The area formerly served by Ingleby Arncliffe CE Primary School (except East Harlsey, Staddle Bridge and Mount Grace for which the designated secondary school is Northallerton School and Sixth Form)

Thirsk School

Alanbrooke, All Saints RC, Baldersby St James CE, Carlton Miniott, Dishforth CE, Pickhill CE, Sessay CE, South Kilvington CE, Sowerby, Thirsk, Topcliffe CE Primary Schools

Knayton CE Primary School (except the area which serves the former Silton and Kepwick CE Primary School, for which the designated secondary school is Northallerton School and Sixth Form)

The Wensleydale School Askrigg, Bainbridge CE, Hawes, Leyburn, Middleham CE, Spennithorne CE and West Burton Primary Schools
St Francis Xavier School

This is a voluntary aided school. You can get details from the school directly. 

 Download the admissions policy for St Francis Xavier School (pdf / 189 KB)

Admission to sixth forms

We have made arrangements for pupils who go to schools for 11 to 16-year-olds, who want to continue at school and for whom a suitable course can be provided, to transfer to sixth forms of schools with which we have linked the 11 to 16 school. Sixth form places are provided at:

  • Northallerton School and Sixth Form, for pupils who live in the area served by Bedale High School; and
  • Richmond School, for pupils who live in the area served by Risedale Community College and St. Francis Xavier School.

The Scarborough and Ryedale area includes the towns of Filey, Helmsley, Malton, Norton, Pickering, Scarborough and Whitby, and the rural areas surrounding those towns. It stretches from Speeton in the south east (which borders East Riding of Yorkshire Council) to Warthill in the south west (which borders City of York Council) and Staithes, Danby and Castleton in the north (which borders Redcar and Cleveland Council) and Ampleforth and Helmsley, in the west.

Whitby area

School name Places are normally provided if you live in these areas:
Eskdale School (11-16) and Caedmon College (11-18) The areas normally served by the Airy Hill,  Castleton,  Danby CE, East Whitby CP, Egton CE, Fylingdales CE, Glaisdale, Goathland, Hawsker cum Stainsacre CE, Hinderwell Oakridge, Lealholm, Lythe CE, Ruswarp CE, Sleights CE, Seton, Stakesby and  West Cliff Community Primary Schools

Filey area

School name Places are normally provided if you live in the areas served by these primary schools:
Ebor Academy Filey CE Infant, Filey Junior, Hertford Vale CE Primary, Hunmanby Primary and Sherburn CE Primary Schools

Ryedale area

School name Places are normally provided if you live in the areas served by these primary schools:
Lady Lumley's School

Pickering Community, St. Joseph's Roman Catholic, Rosedale Abbey and Thornton Dale CE Primary Schools

Some areas served by Sinnington Community Primary School

Malton School Amotherby, Foston CE, Hovingham CE, Malton, St. Mary's Roman Catholic, Slingsby, Terrington CE and Welburn Community Primary Schools
Norton College Langton, Leavening, Luttons, Norton, Rillington, Settrington All Saints CE, Weaverthorpe CE and West Heslerton CE Primary Schools
Ryedale School

Gillamoor CE, Helmsley, Kirkbymoorside, Nawton, St. Benedict's Roman Catholic and St. Hilda's Ampleforth CE Primary Schools

Some areas served by Sinnington Community Primary School

Huntington School (City of York Council) Flaxton, Harton, Bossall, Claxton, Sand Hutton, Buttercrambe, Upper Helmsley, Gate Helmsley, Warthill and Holtby. You should list this school on the North Yorkshire application form and we will coordinate the application with York. 
St. Augustine's Roman Catholic School

This is a voluntary-aided school open to children baptised as Roman Catholics and children of other religions who live in any part of the Scarborough and Ryedale area. Admission arrangements are explained in the school's brochure.

 Download the admissions policy for St Augustine's Catholic School (pdf / 49 KB)

Scarborough area

School name Places are normally provided if you live in these areas:
George Pindar School

The area covered by Braeburn, Cayton, Overdale and Seamer and Irton Primary Schools and also some of the area served by Wheatcroft Community Primary School. This includes the housing adjacent to Filey Road, south of South Cliff Golf Club (the Cornelian Drive, Close and Avenue area, Sea View area and parts of Osgodby and Filey Road from St. Michael's Lane to Osgodby Lane).

From the 2018-19 academic year the area formerly shared with Graham School (the Cornelian Drive, Close and Avenue area, Sea View area and parts of Osgodby and Filey Road from St. Michael's Lane to Osgodby Lane) no longer forms part of Graham School’s normal area. Pupils living in this area would be deemed in area for George Pindar School for admissions purposes.

The housing development which is currently under construction at Middle Deepdale formerly constituted part of Graham School’s catchment area. However, from the academic year 2018-19 the catchment area has been amended. This area now forms part of the normal area for George Pindar School and pupils living in this area would be deemed in area for George Pindar School for admissions purposes.

Graham School

The town area of Scarborough and the area served by East Ayton Community Primary School. The town area is the normal area served by Friarage and Gladstone Road Community Primary Schools and Thomas Hinderwell Academy. Also included are part of the areas served by Barrowcliff, Newby and Scalby, Northstead and Wheatcroft Community Primary Schools.

From the 2018-19 academic year the area formerly shared with George Pindar School (the Cornelian Drive, Close and Avenue area, Sea View area and parts of Osgodby and Filey Road from St. Michael's Lane to Osgodby Lane) no longer forms part of Graham School’s normal area. Pupils living in this area would be deemed out of area for Graham School for admissions purposes.

The housing development which is currently under construction at Middle Deepdale formerly constituted part of Graham School’s catchment area. However, from the academic year 2018-19 the catchment area has been amended. This area now forms part of the normal area for George Pindar School and pupils living in this area would be deemed out of area for Graham School for admissions purposes.

Scalby School

The northern part of the town of Scarborough, the village of Scalby, and the villages to the north and west, except for East and West Ayton. It serves children living in the area covered by Brompton and Sawdon, Hackness CE, Lindhead, Snainton CE and Wykeham CE Primary Schools, including parts of the normal areas of Newby and Scalby Primary, Barrowcliff Community Junior and Northstead Community Primary Schools.

 Download the admissions policy for Scalby Academy (pdf / 163 KB)

St. Augustine's Roman Catholic School

This is a voluntary-aided school open to children baptised as Roman Catholics and children of other religions who live in any part of the Scarborough and Ryedale area. Admission arrangements are explained in the school's brochure.

 Download the admissions policy for St Augustine's Catholic School (pdf / 49 KB)

For further information please refer to the catchment area map.

Local arrangements - Graham School

For priority group 3 applications (that is, children living within the normal area covering the school(s), 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 the September of the younger sibling's entry;
  3. Children who live nearest to the school.

If there are more applications than there are places available, the authority's normal criteria will apply for admissions to this school.

Local arrangements - Scalby School

Scalby School - for priority group 5 applications (that is, children living outside the normal area of the school), priority will be given to children who live in the areas 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 in the September of the younger sibling's entry; or
  2. would have to make the longest journey to another school without them becoming eligible for help with travel costs from us under the local authority transport policy.

Scarborough University Technical College

Scarborough University Technical College is a government funded school specialising in advanced engineering, design and control and supported by the University of Hull in partnership with a range of employers. The age range will be young people aged 14-19 years and it will be accessible to students residing in the Borough of Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale (including Malton and Pickering) and East Riding (including Bridlington and Driffield). The college acts as its own admissions authority.

Information about sixth forms

Sixth form courses in Ryedale are currently provided at Malton School, Lady Lumley's School, and Norton College.

Sixth form education for students living in the Filey and Scarborough areas is provided at Scarborough Sixth Form College and the Yorkshire Coast College. These colleges are now independent of direct local authority control. You can get details of courses and admission information from the following:

Scarborough Sixth Form College

Sandybed Lane
Scarborough
YO12 5LF 
Telephone: 01723 365032
 

Yorkshire Coast College

Lady Edith's Drive
Scarborough
YO12 5RN 
Telephone: 0800 731 7410

The Selby area is the same as that maintained by Selby District Council. It stretches from Long Marston in the north to Kirk Smeaton in the south and from Tadcaster in the west to Hemingbrough in the east. However, pupils in some parts of Selby district are normally admitted to secondary schools in York and the East Riding of Yorkshire. And some pupils in York City are normally admitted to secondary schools in North Yorkshire.

Schools in Selby

For the purposes of admissions, the education authority distinguishes between the Selby rural area and the Selby town area. In the rural area, the secondary schools are linked to the following geographical areas. If you are not sure about the 'normal' school for your home address, please contact the admissions team.

School name Places are normally provided if you live in the areas served by these primary schools:
Barlby High School Barlby, Barlby Bridge, Cliffe, Hemingbrough, North Duffield and Riccall.
Brayton Academy Barlow, Brayton, Camblesforth, Carlton, Chapel Haddlesey, Hirst Courtney, Kirk Smeaton and Whitley and Eggborough, and the part of the area served by Selby Longman's Hill Primary School, which is within the Brayton parish.
Selby High School Cawood, Hambleton, Thorpe Willoughby and Wistow, and the West Park area of Selby (extending from the Old Railway Crossing to Miletree House in Brayton parish).
Brayton Academy and Selby High School Selby town area which is the geographical area served by Selby Community Primary, Selby Abbey CE Primary, Selby Barwick Parade Community Primary, Selby Longman's Hill Community Primary and Staynor Hall Primary Academy, except for children living in the Brayton parish and the West Park area as defined above.
Holy Family Catholic High School

You will need to contact the school directly. 

 Download the admissions policy for the Holy Family Catholic High School (pdf / 83 KB)

Local arrangements for the Selby area - Brayton Academy and Selby High School

For the purposes of admissions for priority group 3 children, a distinction is drawn between those who live in Selby rural area and Selby town area. Brayton Academy and Selby High each has its own designated rural area and the two schools are jointly the normal schools for the Selby town area. Places will be offered, within priority group 3, to children from the individual rural 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 where necessary.

Information about sixth forms

Sixth form education for students living in this area is provided at:

Selby College
Abbot's Road
Selby
YO8 8AT
Telephone: 01757 211040
Email: info@selby.ac.uk

York College
Sim Balk Lane
York
YO23 2BB
Telephone: 01904 770400

Sherburn and Tadcaster

School name Places are normally provided if you live in these areas served by these primary schools:
Sherburn High School

Barkston Ash Catholic Primary, Brotherton and Byram, Burton Salmon, Fairburn, Kellington, Monk Fryston, Saxton, Sherburn Athelstan, Sherburn Hungate and South Milford schools.

Part of the normal area for Kirk Fenton School.

Tadcaster Grammar School

Appleton Roebuck, Tadcaster East, Tadcaster Riverside, St. Joseph's Catholic Primary

Tockwith and Long Marston CE Primary Schools (you are also entitled to apply for a place at King James' School, Knaresborough)

St. Mary's CE School (Askham Richard), Archbishop of York CE Junior School (Bishopthorpe) and Copmanthorpe Primary School, although all three of these primary schools are now maintained by the City of York Council.

Part of the normal area for Kirk Fenton School.

Fulford School (City of York Council) The area served by Escrick CE School and for children living in Stillingfleet and Thorganby. You should list this school on the North Yorkshire application form and we will coordinate the application with York. 
Snaith School (East Riding of Yorkshire Council) Hensall, Great Heck, Little Heck and Balne. Home to school transport will be provided in line with the policy. You should list this school on the North Yorkshire application form and we will coordinate the application with the East Riding. 

Sixth form courses are provided at Selby College, Sherburn High School and Tadcaster Grammar School.

Further information about admissions policies

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

Further information about the determined admissions 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.

For general enquiries about your child's school application, please contact the school admissions team.

The local authority will automatically maintain a waiting list for all over-subscribed community and voluntary controlled schools, using its oversubscription criteria, between national offer day and 31 December that calendar year; at which point the waiting lists will cease.

Your child will not be placed on a waiting list for another school if we have been able to offer a place at one of your higher preference schools. Schools that are their own admission authority, such as voluntary aided, foundation, trust schools and academies maintain their own waiting lists.

Please note, a waiting list is a living document which can change, for example, when the offer of a place is turned down or a child moves in/out of area. Whenever a change is made the waiting list is re-ranked in line with the published oversubscription criteria for the school. This means your child's position on the waiting list may move up or down accordingly.

The school admissions code (2014) requires all admission authorities to maintain a waiting list for the standard year of entry into primary and secondary school, that is, reception and year 7 respectively. The code states each admission authority must maintain a clear, fair and objective waiting list for at least the first term of the academic year of admission that is, from national offer day up to and including 31 December.

Admission authorities must state in their arrangements that when a child is added the list must be re-ranked in line with the published oversubscription criteria. Priority must not be given to a child based on the date their application was received or the date their name was added to the waiting list. However, 'looked after children', 'previously looked after children' and those allocated a place at the school in accordance with a fair access protocol must take precedence over those children on a waiting list.

You have the statutory right of appeal to an independent admission appeal panel, should you wish to do so. Appeal forms and details of the procedure can be found here.

School admissions statistics tables

Based on past experience we have a good record of meeting parents' requests, however we cannot guarantee your child will be offered a place at your preferred school.

You can download the data and statistics below that show which schools had appeals last year, to find out the published admissions number (PAN), and to establish whether your preferred school has been oversubscribed in previous years. This may give you a rough idea of what chance you have at gaining a school place at each school.

Primary school admissions statistics tables

Secondary school admissions statistics tables

Archive: admissions policies for previous years

Admissions policies for specific schools 2018-19

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

Primary schools

Secondary schools

Sixth forms

Admission arrangements 2017-18

In year fair access protocol 2017-18

Admissions policies for other schools 2017-18

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

Primary schools

Secondary schools

Sixth forms

Admission arrangements 2016-17

Voluntary aided, foundation, trust schools and academies admission arrangements for 2016-17

Sixth form policies 2016-17