If you live in North Yorkshire and your child was born between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014, they should start school in the 2018-2019 school year. The closing date for primary school applications is on Monday 15th January. If you haven’t already applied for your child or you missed the open days last year, don’t panic.
You can call school directly to find out if you are in their catchment area or alternatively the council website showing catchment areas can be found here. According to North Yorkshire County Council “you may apply for a place at any school, however the admissions policy will outline who has priority (children with a statement of educational special needs, those with siblings in the school and those within the catchment etc) See your chosen schools website for full details.”
Contact your local school to see if they are able to arrange a last minute visit or discuss any questions you may have over the phone. If this is not possible, look at their website to try and get an understanding of what activities they offer, what the school looks like inside, how the classes are constructed or how they communicate with parents. You could even find the school’s PTA page on Facebook and contact them with any questions.
A good source of detailed information can be found in the school’s most recent OFSTED report which you can search for here. You can also find the answers to parent surveys conducted by Ofsted here.
While there is no guarantee of getting a place in any of your chosen schools, there is a chance to appeal the decision once the place has been offered.
To start the application process visit the council website here.
Important Dates For Primary School Applications
15th January – Closing date for applications.
16th April – National Offer Day. You can view the school place offered.
15th May 2018 – Deadline for appealing your primary school offer.
June / July 2018 – Appeals hearings
Source: North Yorkshire County Council