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Admission arrangements for the Harrogate area

The Harrogate area is the same as that maintained by Harrogate Borough Council, except for Burton-on-Yore, Colsterdale, Ellingstring, Ellington High and Low, Fearby, Healey, Ilton-cum-Pott, Masham and Swinton-with-Warthermarske. These are covered by the Northallerton area.

Secondary schools in the town of Harrogate

There are four academies and one voluntary-aided school in Harrogate, all providing courses for pupils aged 11-18. Children are admitted without their ability being assessed. The schools are:

Academy schools

  • Harrogate Grammar School (non selective);
  • Harrogate High School
  • Rossett School; and
  • St Aidans Church of England High School.

Voluntary-aided (VA) school

  • St. John Fisher Catholic High School.

Admission details for VA schools can be found on our website at www.northyorks.gov.uk/policies.

You can get more details and a school prospectus from the head teacher of the school.

Harrogate town area

The town area means:

  • the Harrogate civil parish;
  • the part of Killinghall parish lying south of the Harrogate to Skipton road, and east of the Killinghall to Otley road; and
  • part of Walton Park extending into the parish of Kirkby Overblow.

Places will normally be provided at Harrogate Grammar School, Harrogate High School and Rossett School for children who live in this area.

Harrogate rural area

Places will normally be provided at Harrogate Grammar School, Harrogate High School and Rossett School for children who live in the parishes of Birstwith, Clint, Felliscliffe, Follifoot and Plompton, Hampsthwaite, Haverah Park and Beckwithshaw, Kearby-with-Netherby, Killinghall (except for the area defined under Harrogate town area, above) Kirkby Overblow, Menwith-with-Darley, North Rigton, Ripley, Sicklinghall, Spofforth-with-Stockeld, South Stainley-with-Cayton, Washburn, Weeton and Bishop Thornton.

Children who live in the parishes of Middleton or Nesfield-with-Langbar will normally be entitled to places at Harrogate Grammar School, Harrogate High School and Rossett School, but may want to apply for places at schools maintained by the Bradford Metropolitan District Council, in Ilkley and elsewhere. If you choose one of these schools you should list them on the North Yorkshire common application form. The admissions team will send a copy of this form to Bradford Metropolitan District Council, who deal with admissions to these schools. If you have any enquiries, you should contact their office.

Children who live in the parishes of Askwith, Denton, Farnley, Leathley, Lindley, Newall-with-Clinton, Stainburn and Weston will normally be entitled to places at Harrogate Grammar School, Harrogate High School and Rossett School, but may want to apply for places at Prince Henry's Grammar School, Otley. If this school is one of your preferences, you should list it on the North Yorkshire common application form. The admissions team will send a copy to Leeds City Council, who deal with admissions to this school. If you have any enquiries, you should contact their office.

Boroughbridge

Boroughbridge High School is a community school which normally provides places for children aged 11-18 who live in the parishes of Arkendale, Boroughbridge, Brafferton, Cattal, Copgrove, Cundall-with-Leckby, Dunsforth, Ellenthorpe, Fawdington, Ferrensby, Great Ouseburn, Great Ribston with Walshford, Green Hammerton, Helperby, Humberton, Hunsingore, Kirby Hill, Kirk Hammerton, Langthorpe, Little Ouseburn, Marton-cum-Grafton, Marton-le-Moor, Milby, Myton-on-Swale, Norton-le-Clay, Nun Monkton, Roecliffe, Staveley, Thornton Bridge, Thorneville, Thorpe Underwoods, Walkingham Hill-with-Occaney, Westwick and Whixley. Places will also normally be provided for children of families who live in the housing associated with Dishforth Airfield.

Knaresborough

King James' School is a community school which normally provides places for children aged 11-18 who live in the parishes of Knaresborough, Allerton Mauleverer with Hopperton, Brearton, Coneythorpe with Clareton, Farnham, Flaxby, Goldsborough, Kirk Deighton, Knaresborough Outer, Little Ribston, Nidd, North Deighton, Scotton and Scriven. Places may also be provided for children living in the areas normally served by Tockwith Church of England and Long Marston Church of England Primary Schools, who are also entitled to apply for a place at Tadcaster Grammar School. Children living in parts of Kirk Deighton parish may also be eligible to apply for a place at Wetherby High School. If you want to choose this school, you should put it on the North Yorkshire common application form. The admissions team will send a copy of this to Leeds City Council, who deal with admissions to this school. If you have any enquiries, you should contact their office.

Children living in the civil parish of Moor Monkton will normally be entitled to places at King James' School, Knaresborough, but may want to apply for places at schools maintained by the City of York council. If you want to preference these schools, you should list them on the North Yorkshire common application form. The admissions team will send a copy of this to the City of York Council, who deal with admissions to these schools. If you have any enquiries, you should contact their office.

Ripon

Places will normally be provided at Outwood Academy Ripon and Ripon Grammar School for children who live in the City of Ripon, together with the parishes of Aldfield, Azerley, Bishop Monkton, Bridge Hewick, Burton Leonard, Copt Hewick, Eavestone, Givendale, Grantley, Grewelthorpe, Hutton Conyers, Kirkby Malzeard, Laverton, Lindrick with Studley Royal and Fountains, Littlethorpe, Markenfield Hall, Markington-with-Wallerthwaite, Newby-with-Mulwith, North Stainley with Sleningford, Sawley, Sharow, Skelding, Skelton, Studley Roger and Winksley.

Outwood Academy Ripon is a non selective secondary school in a selective area, offering courses for children aged 11-18. Ripon Grammar School is a selective school that offers courses for children aged 11-18, it has a boarding facility for up to 100 students. Boarding is either weekly or termly and a boarding fee is required for your child to be able to board at Ripon Grammar School. Children can only be admitted to Ripon Grammar School if they have been deemed suitable for a selective grammar school education, in accordance with the local authority selection tests. 

The selection procedure

For details of the selection scheme please see the information on selective school admissions here.

Upper Nidderdale

Places will normally be provided at Nidderdale High School and Community College, a community school for pupils aged 11-16: first for children who live in the parishes of Bewerley, Dacre, Fountains Earth, Hartwithcum-Winsley, High and Low Bishopside, Stonebeck Down, Stonebeck Up, Thornthwaite with Padside, Thruscross and Warsill; or if there are still places left, they will be offered according to the usual criteria to other children.

Children who want to continue full-time education at school beyond the age of 16, would normally apply for places in the sixth form of schools in the town of Harrogate.

Admissions criteria for Harrogate High School, Harrogate Grammar School and Rossett School - 2013/2014

Children with a statement of special educational need naming that school will be allocated a place in line with section 324 of the Education Act 1996

Priority 1

Children and young people in public care 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, for whom the school has been expressed as a preference

Priority 2

Children the Authority believes have special social or medical reasons for admission

Priority 3

Children living in the Harrogate rural zone and Harrogate town zone

Priority 4

Children living outside the Harrogate rural and arrogate town zones

If there are not enough places for all children in priority 3 at Harrogate High School places will be allocated on the following basis:

Once places have been allocated to those with a statement of special education need and those in priority groups 1 and 2, the remaining places will be allocated on the basis of 21% of places being available to children living in the Harrogate rural zone and 79% of places being available to children living in the Harrogate town zone. Unallocated places in either of the priority 3 zones would be assigned to the other zone before giving priority to children from outside the Harrogate zones.

Tie break:

If there are not enough places for all of the children in one of these priority groups we will give priority first to those with a sibling at the school in September 2013.

Within Priority 3, town children with a sibling will have highest priority for town places and rural children with a sibling will have highest priority for rural places.

If, within each zone there are not enough places for all those with a sibling at the school in September 2013, we will give priority within that zone to those children living nearest the school. All distance measurements are based on the nearest route recognised by the County Council's electronic mapping system from a child's home address to school. The measurement is made from a fixed point within the dwelling, as identified by Ordnance Survey, to the nearest school entrance using footpaths and roads. The routes measured to determine the allocation of school places will be those recognised by the electronic mapping system used by the school admissions team.

Priority will then be given within each zone to priority 3 children without a sibling at the school but who live nearest to the school.

If, within priority 4, there are not enough places for all those with a sibling at the school in September 2013, we will give priority to those children living nearest the school. Priority will then be given to priority 4 children without a sibling at the school but who live nearest to the school.

Voluntary-aided, foundation, trust schools and academy policies

Details of the admission policies for all voluntary-aided, foundation, trust schools and academies, within North Yorkshire, can be found on our website here.

Information about sixth forms

The sixth form admissions policies for community, voluntary-controlled, voluntary-aided, foundation, trust schools and academies can be found on our website here or on the schools' websites.

Information about schools

On the following pages are tables showing more detailed information about the secondary schools in the Harrogate area, including the provision of post-16 education.

The age range of children, the total number of pupils registered at the school in January 2012, the published admission number (PAN), the sixth form PAN, the total number of applications received for the academic year 2012/2013 and the total number of pupils allocated on 1 March 2012 are shown. 

You can get more details and a school prospectus from the head teacher of any school you are interested in.

 

Admission numbers 11-16 year olds
PAN
means the published admission number; that is the maximum number of places available in the normal year of entry ie year seven for secondary schools. All admission authorities may decide that they are able to make admissions above PAN. Where the admission authority is not the local authority (LA), it must notify the LA in good time to allow the LA to deliver its coordination responsibilities effectively.

Admission numbers 16-18 year olds
Sixth form PAN
means the minimum number of places available to external candidates joining the school for the first time in the sixth form.



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This page was last updated on 19 June 2012