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Admissions Information

We offer a very warm welcome both to children who start their school lives with us and to those who join us later in their primary education.  Please see the separate Starters’ Leaflet for more details of starting in reception at Sand Hutton School.


The Local Authority has responsibility for admitting children to individual schools.  They ask parents to express a preference for the schools in which they wish their children to be educated.  Wherever possible those preferences are met, unless to do so “would prejudice the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources” (Education Act 1996).


Places will normally be provided for all those children who live in the catchment area of the school, which serves that area.  Our catchment area includes: Sand Hutton, Flaxton, Claxton, Gate Helmsley, Upper Helmsley, Harton, Bossall and Buttercrambe.


If parents prefer a school that is not the usual school for the area in which they live, their preferences are considered after those from the catchment area.  Parents needing more details of these arrangements, including the right to appeal, should contact the Area Education Office.


Enquiries concerning Admissions, Transport, and Free School Meals should be made to the Children and Young Peoples Services (CYPS) in Harrogate:


CPYS, re Admissions- Transport or School Meals,

Jesmond House,

31-33 Victoria Avenue,



Tel: 01609 533679


The standard number for admissions to the reception group is 11.  (Where this number is exceeded the priorities for admission are in accordance with North Yorkshire’s Admissions criteria:


  •     Those children in the catchment area of the school.
  •     Pupils considered by the Authority to have exceptional social or medical needs.
  •     Pupils having brothers or sisters at the school at the beginning of the year in question.
  •     Pupils with the nearest available walking route to school.

Children are eligible to start at Sand Hutton School in the September of the school year in which their 5th birthday falls between 1st September and the following 31st August. We want to ensure that each child makes the best possible start to their time in school.  To this end we are happy to discuss flexible arrangements.  If children feel comfortable, confident and secure at school, they are much more likely to become effective, increasingly independent learners.

Prior to a child starting school in September, parents are invited to a Welcome Meeting in the preceding Summer Term, when questions relating to the Reception Year can be addressed.  Arrangements are made for the children to visit school for two half days during the Summer Term.

There may be circumstances where parents elect a later starting date – parents retain the right for their child to begin compulsory education in the term after their child’s 5th birthday.


For further school admissions information and access to an electronic application form, please use this link to visit the School Admissions page of the North Yorkshire County Council website.


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