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Changes to the School Admissions Code

The Department of Education has recently confirmed that a new School Admissions Code came into effect from 1st September 2021

The main purpose of the changes to the School Admission Code 2021 is to improve the in-year admission process, in particular for vulnerable children. The changes include introducing more detail on the process for managing in-year admissions; changes to improve the effectiveness of Fair Access Protocols; giving children adopted from state care outside of England equal admissions priority as children who were previously looked after in England; and clarification of which address to use for the admission of service or crown servant children. There are also further minor clarification changes.

In Year Admissions

Ebor Academy Trust 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

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

Tadcaster Primary Academy Published Admissions Number (PAN) is 28


Anyone considering a place at Tadcaster Primary Academy is invited to come and have a look around our school with our Headteacher, Miss Towler. Please call our school office to make an appointment on 01937 833795 or e-mail us at:

Admission applications must be made to North Yorkshire County Council. Further information and guidance is available on the North Yorkshire County Council Admissions Page, please click the link  Alternatively contact the School Admissions team on 01609 533679 or write to them at Children and Young People’s Service, Jesmond House, 31 – 33 Victoria Avenue, Harrogate, HG1 5QE.

Once a place has been secured at our school, parents or carers will also be asked to complete further documents including a pupil details form. In addition we are happy to give you further information including a school brochure in person or by post.

Admission to our Nursery

Our Early Years Unit provides 15 hour funded places for children in the term after their 3rd birthday (January, Easter or September).    These sessions are taken during the afternoon from 12.30-3.20pm.

Admission to our Reception

Children are normally admitted in the September of the year in which they are 5 years old. All children regardless of birth date in the year may start full time on the first day of the Autumn term in the September.

In Year Admissions

Parents who wish their child to enter the school mid-way through the school year, also need to make an application to the NYCC Admissions Officer.  However, parents and carers are encouraged to make contact with the headteacher at the earliest opportunity so that a transition plan can be put in place to support your child.

What happens if the school is oversubscribed?

Like many schools, class sizes at Tadcaster Primary Academy vary according to the number of pupils living in the local area. Although the usual admission number for the school each year is 20, some year groups exceed this number.  Our published admission number for Reception is 28.

Where schools are over-subscribed (i.e. where the number of applications exceeds the number of places available), places will be allocated using the following criteria, in priority order:

  1. Children and young people in Public Care for whom the school has been expressed as a preference and previously looked after children, that is children who were adopted (or subject to residence orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been looked after.
  2. Children the Authority believes have special social or medical reasons for admission.
  3. Children living within the normal area of the school.
  4. Children living outside the normal area of the school.


Admission Arrangements 2022-23

Our Admissions Policy for 2022-23 is found here: Tadcaster Primary Academy Admissions Policy 2022-23

Admission Arrangements 2023-24

Our Admissions Policy for 2023-24 is found here: Tadcaster Primary Academy Admissions Policy 2023-24