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 Policy for 2021-22 Entry

Pathfinder Reception Admissions Policy 2021-22

Admissions Policy for 2022-23 Entry

For children starting school in September 2022, the following policy applies to all admissions:

Pathfinder Reception Admissions Policy 2022-23

Admissions Arrangements for 2023-24 Entry

Between 4 October and 14 November 2021 all admissions authorities for schools in York jointly conducted a consultation on admission arrangements for the admissions rounds for entry in September 2023-24.

The closing date for comments was 14 November 2021. After considering any comments, the MAT Board, in its role as an admission authority, then formally set (‘determined’) these arrangements on 15 February 2022.

Any objections to our arrangements may be made by parents/others to the Schools Adjudicator by 15 May 2022. All objections must be received by the adjudicator on or before 15 May 2022, at: OSA, Bishopsgate House. Feethams, Darlington, DL1 5QE. Email:

Admissions Policy for 2023-24 Entry

Pathfinder Reception Admissions Policy 2023-24