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If you would like your child to attend our school, then please see full details of our admission arrangements below. 

Scarcroft is a 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. However, the maximum total number of pupils in the 6 infant classes is 180 i.e. six 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 34.  

In line with the national guidelines, pupils enter school in 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.

Although part of a Multi-Academy Trusty Scarcroft Primary School continues to follow the City of York Admissions Policy and the admissions process is managed by the City or York Council’s Admissions Department. This means that Scarcroft Primary School normally takes children who live in the school’s catchment area.  There may occasionally be times when this leaves the school with spare places – under these circumstances it may be 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 link below).  Parents who are unable to obtain a place for their child at Scarcroft School have the right to an independent appeal.

This year's Admissions Consultation is being jointly held by all admissions authorities in the City of York between 4th October and 14th November 2021.  The consultation includes the draft admission policy and planned number of places available at each school in the year(s) of entry. 

All documents can be found in their draft (pre-determined) form at 

The views of parent/carers, schools and other interested parties are being sought during this consultation.

To respond, parents/carers can email  or complete the short survey at or at

Following the consultation, each admission authority will formally set ('determine') their admission arrangements for admission in 2023-24 by 28 February 2022.  Determined policies will be on the City of York Council website by 15 March 2022 after which objections can be raised.

All documents can be found in their draft (pre-determined) form at If you require a paper copy of the document or survey you can request this from the school or Trust or or 01904 551554