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The admissions criteria for 2023/2024 securing one of the 60 Reception Class places is as follows:

    1. Looked after children and all previously looked after children.
    2. Children without an EHC Plan who have Special Education Needs, or with exceptional medical, mobility or social needs, that can only be met at the school.
    3. Children with a sibling who is attending the school on National Offer Day and is living at the same address.
    4. Children who have a parent or carer employed by the Red Kite Learning Trust at Rossett Acre Primary School at the time of application.
    5. Children living in the catchment area of the school.
    6. Any other children, by distance from the school.

Please see further detail in the Admissions Policy below.

Admissions Policy 2023_24

Admissions Policy 2024_25

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The LEA decides on out of catchment places.

If there are not enough places for all the children in one of these preference groups, the LEA will give priority first to those with brothers or sisters at the school and then to those living nearest the school.

If there are not enough places for all those with brothers or sisters at the school, the LEA will give priority  to children living nearest the school.

Parents wishing to visit the school before their child starts should contact the school office for an appointment. In addition two Open Days are arranged for parents and children. In order to minimise the gap between home and school we have a “preparation for school” session. The children are gradually  brought into the life of the school and starting school becomes a natural step.

Reception starters letter for parents

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In-year applications (1 September 2023 to 31 August 2024)

If you would like to change schools, or if you are moving into the area for example, you can apply for a school transfer, by making an in-year application.

An in-year application is for the admission of a child to Reception if submitted on or after the first day of the first school term of the admission year; or it is for the admission of a child to any other age group at any time.

Red Kite Learning Trust and its Harrogate schools are part of the North Yorkshire Council co-ordinated in-year admissions scheme.

How to apply

Parents and carers may apply at any time for an in-year school place.  Application forms are provided and processed by North Yorkshire Council:

You can apply for a place online using the local authority in-year application form at:

Changing schools and in-year applications | North Yorkshire Council

If you have moved to a new house, please upload evidence of the move with the online application.

Parents and carers will be notified in writing by North Yorkshire Council of the school’s decision. This will be within 15 school days of your in-year application being received.

If the school is unable to offer a place, your child’s name will automatically be added to the school’s waiting list, which will be kept open until the end of December 2023. Where a place becomes available, this will be offered from the waiting list, based on the oversubscription criteria within the school’s admissions policy

Admissions Policy 2023_2024


If your in-year application is unsuccessful, you will have the right of appeal against the school’s decision.

Appeals are arranged by North Yorkshire Council and you can find the appeal form and information at:

Appeal for a school place | North Yorkshire Council

The appeal panel is independent of the school and council and the decision is legally binding.  Appeals against a decision for an in-year application can be submitted at any time during the school year.

Catchment Map published by Admissions

Rossett Acre Primary School is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Red Kite Office, Pannal Ash Road, Harrogate, HG2 9PH

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