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Parents urged to read admissions criteria as application deadline looms

With only a few days to go before the application deadline, a popular Selby primary school is urging parents and carers to carefully read the local authority’s admissions procedure.

Tim Jolly, headteacher at Staynor Hall Community Primary Academy, says he wants people to be aware of what the criteria is so there are no surprises after the nationwide 15 January deadline.

“Parents and carers with a child in our nursery may think they will automatically receive a place in our Reception class, but this is not the case,” he said.

“In some ways we are a victim of our own success – people want their children to come to Staynor Hall but we only have 30 places per year at the moment and in previous years, we have been heavily oversubscribed.”

As an academy, and part of Ebor Academy Trust which runs 22 schools across Selby, York, East Riding and the Humber and on the Yorkshire Coast, Staynor Hall could set its own admissions process. However the trust believes North Yorkshire County Council is best placed to manage admissions for the school community as a whole. The local authority has a statutory duty to ensure every eligible child has a school place.

Staynor Hall Community Primary Academy opened in September 2016 with a mix of year groups. In 2017 and again last year more people applied to start in the Reception class than could be accommodated. Discussions are taking place to possibly enlarge the school in the future.

North Yorkshire County Council’s admissions procedure, together with an online application form and useful hints and tips, can be found by searching ‘admissions’ at www.northyorks.gov.uk