Calderdale Council coordinates admissions to all Primary and Secondary schools within Calderdale. If you live within Calderdale, you must complete a Calderdale online application, even if you wish to preference a school outside the Calderdale area. Parents of children resident outside Calderdale, who want to apply for a Calderdale school must apply through their home local authority.
Parents of children resident in Calderdale can apply for a school place online during the normal admissions rounds if:
- their child is due to start reception class of a primary school in September 2017, or
- their child is due to transfer from infant school to junior school in September 2017, or
- their child is due to transfer to secondary school in September 2018.
Parents / guardians are advised to read the relevant admissions booklet before applying:
|Primary 2017-18 academic year||Secondary 2018-19 academic year|
|Apply from||18 November 2016||19 June 2017|
|Open evenings||See||27 June 2017 to 13 February 2018|
|Grammar schools admission test||n/a||30 September 2017|
|Closing date||15 January 2017||31 October 2017|
|National day offer||18 April 2017||1 March 2018|
|Last day for re-allocations and appeal requests||1 May 2017||15 March 2018|
|Notification of re-allocation outcome||15 May 2017||31 March 2018|
|Appeal hearings||June / July 2017||June 2018|
If you wish to transfer your child to another school or if you need a school place at any time other than transferring from nursery to primary school or from primary school to secondary school, you will need to apply as an in year transfer. For more information, go to In year transfers.
Parents / guardians have the legal right to state the school they wish their child to attend. The admissions authority has a duty to meet their stated preference unless:
- this would prejudice the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources, or
- for a voluntary aided or denominational school, this would be incompatible with the admission arrangements made by the school governors which are designed to preserve the religious character of the school, or
- where a school whose admissions arrangements are based wholly or partly on selection by reference to aptitude or ability and this would be incompatible with selection under these arrangements (Secondary schools only).
How an offer is made
Parents / guardians are assured that every effort is made to offer their child a place at their preferred school. Many schools have more applications than there are places available. When a school is oversubscribed, places are allocated using the admissions / oversubscriptions criteria. There are common Admission criteria, for Secondary schools and Primary schools , for a number of schools within Calderdale. Calderdale Council will then determine which school should be allocated:
- where a child is eligible for a place at only one of the preferred schools, that school will be allocated to the child;
- where a child is eligible for a place at more than one of the preferred schools, they will be allocated a place at whichever of these is the higher ranked preference on their application form;
- where a child is resident in Calderdale and is not eligible for a place at any of the preferred schools, they will be allocated a place at the nearest school with vacancies, within Calderdale. For Primary schools only, this will be within a two mile walking route wherever possible. For Secondary schools only, this will be within a three mile walking route wherever possible.
Every local authority is required to operate a coordinated admissions scheme for children starting primary school, or transferring from primary to secondary school:
- Coordinated admission scheme for Primary schools 2018 [PDF 240KB] ;
- Coordinated admission scheme for Secondary schools 2018 [PDF 311KB] ;
- Coordinated admissions scheme for primary schools 2017 [PDF 251KB]
- Coordinated admissions scheme for secondary schools 2017 [PDF 93KB]
- Oversubscription criteria for Primary schools 2018 [PDF 193KB] ;
- Oversubscription criteria for Secondary schools 2018 [PDF 193KB] ;
- Proposed published admission numbers for Primary schools 2018 [PDF 20KB] ;
- Proposed published admission numbers for Secondary schools 2018 [PDF 8KB] .
In accordance with the requirements of the School Admissions Code, the Council is required to submit an annual report to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator on aspects of the admission arrangements of the relevant schools in its area.
What happens next
An allocation of a school place will be confirmed in writing to parents / guardians on National Offer day. This will be by email or letter, dependent upon the preferred method opted for, at the point the online application was submitted. Offers of school places for residents outside the Calderdale area will be notified by the home local authority even if a Calderdale school is to be offered. The offer notification will contain the following:
- the name of the school at which a place is offered and the deadline for accepting the place. If a parent / guardian does not respond by the deadline, it will be assumed that they have accepted the place they have been offered;
- the reason why the pupil has not been offered a place at any other schools preferenced;
- advice to parents if they wish to be considered in the reallocation process for any places that might become available - Reallocations ;
- information about the statutory right of appeal against any decision to refuse a place at a preferred school - Complaints .
Children with special needs and disabilities
From 1 September 2014, Statements of Special Educational Needs (SEN) are being replaced by Education Health and Care (EHC) plans, as part of a gradual process. EHC plans support children and young people up to the age of 25, provided they still have educational needs. For full details on Statement of SEN and EHC plans with regard to admissions, see the relevant admissions booklet.
For more information about support and services for children and young people with special needs and disabilities, including EHC plans, see Local offer for children with special needs and disabilities.