Admissions Arrangements

As a voluntary controlled school, our admissions arrangements are set by the City of York Council as the admissions authority for our school.

St Paul's C of E Primary School is an inclusive catchment school that does not select on the basis of religion and children of all and no religious backgrounds are welcome.

You can read about starting primary school for the first time on the City of York Council website.

You’ll also find details of their admissions policies.

If you have any questions about school admissions, please email the council at or call 01904 551554.

You can apply for a school place online, or you can request a paper Primary Application Form by calling City of York Council on 01904 551554.

Will Your Child Start Reception in September 2021?

You should apply for your child to start primary or infant school by the 15th of January in the school year your child turns 4.

For entry in the September 2021 school year, children will have been born between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017.

CYC Admission Consultations

This year's Admissions Consultation is being jointly held by all admissions authorities in the City of York between 12 October and 29 November 2020. The consultation includes the admissions policies and planned number of places available at each school in the year(s) of entry.

All documents can be found in their draft (pre-determined) form at

The views of parent/carers, schools and other interested parties are being sought during this consultation.

To respond, parents/carers can write to us, email or complete this short survey at

Following the consultation, each admission authority will formally set ('determine') their admission arrangements for admission in 2022-2023 by 28 February 2021. Determined policies will be on the City of York Council website by 15 March 2021 after which objections can be raised.

All documents can be found in their draft (pre-determined) form at

There’s a guide to school catchment areas available on the City of York Council website.

Applications for a place in Reception starting in September 2021 opened in September 2020. The deadline for applications is 15th January 2020. You can apply after this date, but your application may be looked at after other applications. National Offer Day will be 16th April 2021.

We expect that applications for entry into Reception in September 2022 will open in September 2021 and we’ll update this page when this happens.

Key Dates for the City of York Council Admissions Process

  • September 2020 – applications can be made for September 2021 entry to Reception
  • 16 January 2021 – Deadline for applications
  • 16 April 2021 – National Offer Day
  • June 2021 – Appeal forms to be returned
  • June-July 2021 – Admission appeals heard
  • September 2021 – Applications for the September 2022 entry into Reception expected to open

Visiting Our School

If you’re thinking of sending your child to our school, we’d love to show you around, Covid 19 restrictions dependant. Contact the school office to book a meeting and a tour of the school with our Headteacher, Miss Christie Waite.

The Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) helps to clarify the legal position on admissions policies in schools. OSA works with the Department for Education.

You can make an objection to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) if you think that the admissions arrangements of a local-authority-maintained school or an academy do not comply with the ‘School Admissions Code’ (the Code) or other legislation relating to school admissions. Certain exceptions apply as set out in paragraph 3.3 of the Code.

All admissions authorities must determine their admission arrangements by 28 February every year, even if they have not changed from previous years and a consultation has not been required. You have until 15 May to contact the adjudicator if you have an objection.

Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA)