Timelines and important dates for schools admissions

Check the latest school admissions deadlines here, and find all the dates you need so that you don’t miss application deadlines for school places this year.

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The secondary school application round is open and the deadline to apply is 31 October 2018.

The primary school application round will open no later than 22 September 2018 and the deadline to apply is 15 January 2019.


What you need to do and which form you need to use, depends upon your child's birth date.

When was your child born? What do you need to do?
On or after 1 September 2015 They are not yet due to start school. Please see the page 'What age do children start school?' or our information about pre-school, childcare and early years.
Between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 They are due to start school in 2019-20. The primary school application round will open no later than 22 September 2018 and the deadline to apply is 15 January 2019.

Between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012 and they attend an infant school

They are due to move to junior school in September 2019. The primary school application round will open no later than 22 September 2018 and the deadline to apply is 15 January 2019.
Between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008 They are due to transfer to secondary school in September 2019. The secondary school application round will open no later than 12 September 2018 and the deadline to apply is 31 October 2018.
Any other time You will need to make an in-year application.

If you are not sure that your child is ready to start school you can find information about your options for deferring or delaying here.

If you wish your child to transfer between schools at any other point, then you can find information about changing schools and in-year applications here.

Have you missed the deadline? 

Please see our information about late applications here.

Do you need to make changes to an application you have already submitted?

Please see our information about making changes here.

Detailed timelines and key dates

Date What happens
September 2018 Primary admissions round opens
For children born between 1 September 2014 - 31 August 2015 and 1 September 2011 - 31 August 2012.
15 January 2019 Closing date for primary school applications
Applications (online or paper) must be received by this date.
15 January 2019 The closing date for providing evidence of exceptional social or medical reasons. Find more information here.
8 March 2019 Co-ordination admissions scheme applied
No changes can be made to applications before national offer day after this date.
16 April 2019 National offer day
If you have applied online you will have received an email (by 5pm at the latest) informing you which school your child has been offered. You will also be able to view the offer by accessing your online account.

If you applied on a paper application form, a letter informing you which school your child has been offered will be posted by 2nd class post on this date, meaning you will receive your letter one or two days after national offer day.

3 May 2019 (onwards) Changes to your application
From this date onwards, any late changes to your application and new, late applications that have not been processed will be considered.
4 June 2019 Closing date for primary admission appeals
Appeals for primary school places must be received by this date.
June / July 2019 Admission appeals hearings
Main primary admission appeals to be heard during this period.
31 December 2019 Closing date for holding school waiting lists
All waiting lists held by us end on this day.
Date What happens
July 2018 Secondary admission round information
Letters will be distributed to primary schools for Year 5 children who live in North Yorkshire and attend a maintained North Yorkshire school.
1 September 2018 Secondary school admissions round opens no later than this date
For children born between 1 September 2007 - 31 August 2008.
31 October 2018 Closing date for applications
The last date both online and paper applications can be received for a school place in Year 7.
31 October 2018 The closing date for providing evidence of exceptional social or medical reasons. Find more information here.
25 January 2019 No changes to applications can be made
No changes can be made to applications before national offer day after this date.
15 February 2019 Special Educational Needs
The school to which a child with an Education, Health and Care Plan will transfer in September 2019 is named in their Plan by this date.
1 March 2019 National offer day
If you applied online you will receive an email (by 5pm at the latest) informing you which school your child has been offered. You will also be able to view the offer by accessing your online account.

If you applied on a paper application form, a letter informing you which school you child has been offered will be posted by 2nd class post on this date, meaning you will receive your letter one or two days after national offer day.

18 March 2019 (onwards) Changes to your application
From this date onwards, any late changes to your application and new, late applications that have not been processed will be considered.
29 March 2019 Closing date for secondary admission appeals
Appeals for a place at a particular secondary school must be received by this date.
April / June 2019 Admission appeal hearings
Main secondary admission appeals to be heard during this period.
31 December 2019 Closing date for school waiting lists
All school waiting lists end on this day.
Date What happens
28 June 2018
7pm
Selection parents' evening - Ripon Grammar School
At this meeting officers will explain how the selection procedure is administered and address any issues raised.
5 July 2018
7pm
Selection parents' evening - Ermysted's Grammar School
At this meeting officers will explain how the selection procedure is administered and address any issues raised.
22 July 2018 Closing date for requesting for selection testing
Requests for children to be entered for selection testing in September 2018 must be received by this date.
8 September 2018 (Saturday) First selection tests
The first selection test for Year 6 children to be held at Ermysted's Grammar and Ripon Grammar Schools.
15 September 2018 (Saturday) Second selection tests
The second selection test for Year 6 children will br held at Ermysted's Grammar and Ripon Grammar Schools.
12 October 2018 Selection test results
A letter informing you of your child's selection test results will be posted to you.
31 October 2018 Closing date for secondary school applications
Applications for a school place in Year 7 must be received by this date.
31 October 2018 The closing date for providing evidence of exceptional social or medical reasons. Find more information here.
25 January 2019 No changes to applications can be made
No changes can be made to applications after this date and they will be considered after national offer day.
1 March 2019 National offer day
If you have applied online you will receive an email informing you which school your child has been offered. You will also be able to view the offer by accessing your online account.

If you have applied using a paper copy of the application form, a letter informing you which school your child has been offered will be posted to you via second class post.

18 March 2019 (onwards) Changes to your application
From this date onwards, any late changes to your application and new, late applications that have not been processed will be considered.
29 March 2019 Closing date for secondary admission appeals
Appeals for secondary school places must be received by this date.
April / June 2019 Admission appeal hearings
Main secondary admission appeals to be heard during this period.
31 December 2019 Closing date for school waiting lists
All waiting lists held by us end on this day.
Date What happens
September 2017 Primary admissions round opens
For children born between 1 September 2013 - 31 August 2014 and 1 September 2010 - 31 August 2011.
15 January 2018 Closing date for primary school applications
Applications (online or paper) must be received by this date.
31 January 2018 The closing date for providing evidence of exceptional social or medical reasons. Find more information here.
9 March 2018 Co-ordination admissions scheme applied
No changes can be made to applications before national offer day after this date.
16 April 2018 National offer day 2018
If you have applied online you will have received an email (by 5pm at the latest) informing you which school your child has been offered. You will also be able to view the offer by accessing your online account.

If you applied on a paper application form, a letter informing you which school you child has been offered will be posted by 2nd class post on this date, meaning you will receive your letter one or two days after national offer day.

1 May 2018 Changes to your application
From this date onwards, any late changes to your application and new, late applications that have not been processed will be considered.
15 May 2018 Closing date for primary admission appeals
Appeals for primary school places must be received by this date.
June / July 2018 Admission appeals hearing
Main primary admission appeals to be heard during this period.
31 December 2018 Closing date for holding school waiting lists
All waiting lists held by us end on this day.
Date What happens
July 2017 Secondary admission round information
Letters will be distributed to primary schools for Year 5 children who live in North Yorkshire and attend a maintained North Yorkshire school.
1 September 2017 Secondary school admissions round opens no later than this date
For children born between 1 September 2006 - 31 August 2007.
The application form for secondary school places is released online at www.northyorks.gov.uk/admissions.
31 October 2017 Closing date for applications
The last date both online and paper applications can be received for a school place in Year 7.
30 November 2017 The closing date for providing evidence of exceptional social or medical reasons. Find more information here.
26 January 2018 No changes to applications can be made
No changes can be made to applications before national offer day after this date.
15 February 2018 Special Educational Needs
The school to which a child with an Education, Health and Care Plan (formerly a final Statement of Special Educational Needs) will transfer in September 2018 is named in their Plan by this date.
1 March 2018 National offer day
If you applied online you will receive an email (by 5pm at the latest) informing you which school your child has been offered. You will also be able to view the offer by accessing your online account.

If you applied on a paper application form, a letter informing you which school you child has been offered will be posted by 2nd class post on this date, meaning you will receive your letter one or two days after national offer day.

16 March 2018 (onwards) Changes to your application
From this date onwards, any late changes to your application and new, late applications that have not been processed will be considered.
29 March 2018 Closing date for secondary admission appeals
Appeals for a place at a particular secondary school must be received by this date.
April / June 2018 Admission appeal hearings
Main secondary admission appeals to be heard during this period.
31 December 2018 Closing date for school waiting lists
All school waiting lists end on this day.
Date What happens
29 June 2017
7pm
Selection parents' evening - Ripon Grammar School
At this meeting officers will explain how the selection procedure is administered and address any issues raised.
6 July 2017
7pm
Selection parents' evening - Ermysted's Grammar School
At this meeting officers will explain how the selection procedure is administered and address any issues raised.
21 July 2017 Closing date for requesting for selection testing
Requests for children to be entered for selection testing in September 2017 must be received by this date.
9 September 2017(Saturday) First selection tests
The first selection test for Year 6 children to be held at Ermysted's Grammar and Ripon Grammar Schools.
16 September 2017 (Saturday) Second selection tests
The second selection test for Year 6 children will br held at Ermysted's Grammar and Ripon Grammar Schools.
13 October 2017 Selection test results
A letter informing you of your child's selection test results will be posted to you.
31 October 2017 Closing date for secondary school applications
Applications for a school place in Year 7 must be received by this date.
30 November 2017 The closing date for providing evidence of exceptional social or medical reasons. Find more information here.
26 January 2018 No changes to applications can be made
No changes can be made to applications before national offer day after this date.
1 March 2018 National offer day
If you applied online you will receive an email (by 5pm at the latest) informing you which school your child has been offered. You will also be able to view the offer by accessing your online account.

If you applied on a paper application form, a letter informing you which school you child has been offered will be posted by second class post on this date, meaning you will receive your letter one or two days after national offer day.

16 March 2018 (onwards) Changes to your application
From this date onwards, any late changes to your application and new, late applications that have not been processed will be considered.
29 March 2018 Closing date for secondary admission appeals
Appeals for secondary school places must be received by this date.
April / June 2018 Admission appeal hearings
Main secondary admission appeals to be heard during this period.
31 December 2018 Closing date for school waiting lists
All waiting lists held by us end on this day.

What happens after the offer of a school place?

If you want to accept the place

You do not have to do anything if you wish to accept a place offered at a community or voluntary controlled school. The head teacher of the school has been informed of the allocation and will make any further arrangements regarding the admission to secondary school. 

To accept places offered at schools which are their own admission authority, please contact the school direct. To find out if this is the case for your school, check what type of school it is here.

If you do not want to accept the place

If you have not been offered your preferred school you have a statutory right to an admission appeal. You should keep all correspondence you receive as it may be required if you lodge an appeal.

The school place that has been allocated on national offer day is in line with the North Yorkshire co-ordinated admission scheme.

If you do not wish to take up the ‘offered place’ because you have made alternative arrangements for education, such as homeschooling or independent schooling, please contact the admissions team by email as soon as possible.

If you have been offered a place at a voluntary aided school or academy, which you do not wish to accept, you will need to contact the school direct. Find out more here about the different types of school.