Scarcroft Primary School is a Community Primary day school for children aged four to eleven. The Maximum Admission limit for any year-group varies, in agreement between the school and the City of York Council, but it is usually around 45 pupils. However, the maximum total number of pupils in the 5 infant classes is 150 i.e. five classes of 30.  In the infants (Reception to Year 2) there is a legal maximum of 30 pupils in a class. In the junior classes, there is no such legal limit, but governors seek to limit classes to a maximum, in exceptional circumstances, of 35. 

In line with the national guidelines, pupils enter school in the September of the year in which they are five. The majority of our pupils start school full-time in Reception. However, parents do have the right to request a part-time place. Alternatively, Parents may choose to defer their child’s entry, for example, to start school in January, as long as the child is in school by the term following their fifth birthday.  If you believe that your child would benefit from a part-time place or a deferred place, please make an appointment to discuss this with the Headteacher, prior to applying for a place at the school.

As the school is a community school, the admissions process is managed by the City or York Council’s Admissions Department and the process complies with the Council’s Admissions Policy. This means that Scarcroft Primary School normally takes children who live in the school’s catchment area.  There may be times when this leaves the school with spare places – under these circumstances it is possible for pupils who live outside the catchment area to gain a place. In the event of the school being over-subscribed, the City of York Council will allocate places according to its Admission criteria (see CYC Admissions Booklet).  Parents who are unable to obtain a place for their child at Scarcroft School have the right to an independent appeal.

Please note: having a sibling at the school is no guarantee that a younger child will also gain a place.

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