Admission Arrangements

Children are admitted to school in the September after the school year (1st September-31st August) in which they become four. This does mean that some children are admitted just before they become five years of age. Others will have only just turned four years of age. Despite this we now admit all our new starters on a full-time basis. Experience shows that even the youngest four year olds adjust very quickly to the demands of a full day at school and we certainly see the benefits academically and socially for all children. For the first few days all children will attend for mornings only. We are prepared to discuss this situation with any parents who may have concerns about their child’s readiness for full-time education.

Parents who wish their children to attend our school are invited to enrol them on our admission list at least a year before they start to assist our planning procedures.

Late in the Autumn Term in the year preceding admission parents will receive a form which will enable them to express a preference for a place in the school of their choice online. Places will be offered to parents towards the end of the following Spring Term. In the event of a parent not being offered a place at the school of their choice, then the Local Authority will offer an appeal under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.

Published Admission Number of 20 for Reception admissions in 23/2024 academic year has been determined.

Applying for a place

We are part of the Local Authority admissions process. This includes all admissions to the school, whether you wish your 4 year old to start school in September or whether you have moved into the area during the academic year.

We are always very happy to show any parent/guardian who is interested in applying for a place for their child a look round.. Please contact the school to make an appointment.

To apply for a place at South Otterington CofE Primary School, complete the online form on North Yorkshire County Council’s own website. Click the link and choose “School Admissions”. If you would like a paper copy of the form, please contact the School Admissions Team on 0845 0349494. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the school office.