Admission Arrangements

Click to download the 2019 Guide For Parents from the CYC website

All children can start school in the September before their 5th birthday.  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 2019 school year, children will have been born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015.  Later start dates are possible and can be discussed with the headteacher.

Every June, a meeting is held for parents of children due to start in the following September. The children are also invited to spend several afternoons in school prior to starting school. If you would like a pre-admission visit, please telephone 01904 552910 and make an appointment. The headteacher or administrator will be pleased to show you around.

As a voluntary controlled school, our admissions arrangements were set by City of York Council, as the admissions authority for our school.  Following the conversion to academy status the South York Multi Academy Trust becomes our admissions authority.  Details of the admissions policies that apply can be found here.  The Admission Policy which applies for entry to Dunnington CEP School in September 2019, which was determined prior to becoming part of the Multi Academy Trust, is the City of York Council’s “Community and Voluntary Controlled Primary and Infant Schools for Reception entry 2019-2020“. Our PAN (Proposed Admission Number) is 30.

For any queries about the admissions policy or process you can email or call 01904 551554.  Further details are available on their website.

Will your child start reception in September 2019?

Applications for a place in Reception starting in September 2019 opened on Wednesday 12th September 2018. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 15th January 2019. Late applications can be made after this date, though these may be looked at after other applications. National Offer Day was Tuesday 16th April 2019.

Applications for entry into reception can be made by using the online form to apply for a school place.

If you can’t apply online you can request a paper Primary Application Form by calling 01904 551 554. Forms are also distributed to primary schools and nurseries in the York area.

Please read the Guide for Parents when applying for a school place, as it contains key information on school admissions.  You can also find the Guide to School Catchment Areas online.  We also advise you to keep checking on the City of York Council Admissions site to keep updated with key dates throughout the year.

Key Dates for the City of York Council Admissions Process
12th September 2018 – applications can be made for September 2019 entry to Reception

15th January 2019 – Deadline for applications

16th April 2019 – National Offer Day

4th June 2019 – Appeal forms to be returned

June-July 2019 – Admission appeals heard

September 2019 – Applications for the 2020 entry into Reception expected to open

Admission Arrangements 2020/21 entry

Following the conversion to academy status the South York Multi Academy Trust becomes our admissions authority.

Between 08 October and 07 December 2018 all admissions authorities for schools in York jointly conducted a consultation on admission arrangements for the admissions rounds for entry in September 2020.  The closing date for comments was 07 December 2018.  On the 29th January 2019, after considering any comments received, the MAT board has, in its role as an admission authority, now formally set (‘determined’) these arrangements.

Please see the School Policies page for the determined policies.  You can also find more documents on the LA website at

The Published Admission Number (PAN) is the number of pupils it is intended to admit into the first year group of school. For 2020 – 2021 the PAN for Dunnington CE Primary School is 30 places.