Admissions Information

If you are thinking of applying for a place at our school, we do not hold an Open Day, preferring to meet with parents (and their children, if they can come too) individually. In this way, parents get to see the school under normal conditions, giving a much more accurate feel of what we have to offer. Please contact the school office to make an appointment for this.

Admission Arrangements – Reception Class

Our maximum annual intake is 45 children.

Our Reception, or Foundation, Classes ensure that the specific needs of children who are 5 years, and under, are met, in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. In particular, this allows children to develop at their own rate, through structured play and the gradual introduction of more traditional teaching methods. See our Frequently Asked Questions guide for more information.

In-year applications

Acomb Primary School participates in the Local Authority’s Co-ordinated Admission Scheme for in-year admissions. If parents/carers wish to apply for a school place, applications can be made at via the ParentPortal. The Local Authority will confirm the outcome of the application in writing within 15 school days. If the application is refused, the Local Authority will advise on the statutory appeal procedure. Details of the Co-ordinated Admission Scheme and how in-year applications are managed are available at

Admissions Policies for 2023-24 Entry

Pathfinder Reception Admissions Policy 2023-24

Admissions Policy for 2024-25 Entry

For children starting school in September 2024, the following policy applies to all admissions:

Pathfinder Reception Admissions Policy 2024-25

Admissions Arrangements for 2025-26 Entry

Inline with the School Admissions Code 2021, we participate in the City of York Council coordinated admission consultation. The consultation took place between 2 October and 12 November 2023. The consultation has now closed. During the consultation period, the draft admissions policies, published admission numbers and related documents for Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust’s schools advise how admissions applications and decisions will be made for the 2025 to 2026 school year. Any feedback from the consultation will be considered by the Trust as the Admission Authority.

The admission arrangements for 2025-26 were formally determined by the Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust Board in February 2024. A copy of the admissions policy for Acomb Primary School can be found below:

Pathfinder Reception Admissions Policy 2025-26

School Admissions Key Dates

Starting primary school in September 2024

  • 12 September 2023 – opening date for applications
  • 15 January 2024 – deadline for ‘on time’ applications
  • 16 April 2024 – National Offer Day
  • 17 May 2024 – deadline for return of appeal forms if appealing
  • June – July 2024 – admission appeals held*

*Subject to panel members availability