A proposed new primary free school in Knaresborough

Would your Academy Trust be interested in operating a new primary school for North Yorkshire?

North Yorkshire County Council has identified the need to establish a new mixed mainstream primary school with nursery for children aged 3 to 11 in Knaresborough to open in September 2022. We are therefore seeking proposals to establish an academy under section 6A of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 (the ‘free school presumption’). 

Summary of key school information

School’s Characteristic


School type

Mainstream primary

Age range

3-11  Nursery to Year 6

Published admission number


Size / Capacity

210 places



Opening date

September 2022

Opening profile

First year of operation: Nursery and Reception only

Second year: Nursery, Reception and Year 1

Adding a further year group for the third year of operation and beyond until full opening is achieved

Admission arrangements

Oversubscription criteria to be determined by the chosen Academy Trust.

North Yorkshire County Council propose a defined school catchment for the area covered by the Manse Farm and Highfield Farm developments. 

Proposers should follow the guidance in the  specification document (pdf / 692 KB) and completed application forms should be returned to schoolorganisation@northyorks.gov.uk by Friday 22 January 2021.