Admission to our School

Admissions policy


We are a maintained school and the admission authority is Leeds City Council, who set our admission policy every year.  You can read our school’s admission policy at Our school admissions policies (

How to apply for a September 2024 place

Children born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 are due to start primary school in September 2024.

If you are applying for a reception place for September 2024, all applications are made in advance. Offers are made by the Local Authority on national offer day.

You must apply to the local authority who empties your bins. If this is Leeds, go to The website is a composite prospectus for all Leeds schools, and this includes:  

  • all the steps you need to go through to make an application
  • the key dates
  • a search tool to see if your home address gives any higher priority for admission to any school(s)
  • an explanation about how places are offered if there are more applications than spaces (oversubscribed)
  • the online application portal - apply online and you will be sent your offer by email
  • a summary of each school’s individual admission policy criteria
  • data about who got a place in the last 3 years - this will help you work out if there is a reasonable chance of your child qualifying for a place
  • Information about applying under a specific admission criteria (such as your child being previously looked after). It is important to ensure you submit all supporting evidence by the deadline to show you meet any such criteria

You can also watch the Leeds City Council school admissions video for more information.  (Note to schools: hyperlink is )

The council’s social media pages will also tell you about Q&A sessions where you can ask questions.

You can also see information about our school, including previous admission data, on our school page on the Leeds City Council’s website


Application timetable - The below timetable applies to applications made to Leeds City Council. If you apply to another local authority, they may have different dates


Primary school applications, important dates
1 November 2023 Applications open
15 January 2024 National deadline for applying
12 February 2024 Deadline for late applications and changes (for schools which follow our admissions policy)
16 April 2024 National offer day


In-year applications

If you are moving into Leeds or want to change schools in Leeds, you need to make a school transfer – often called an in-year application.

This includes

  • applications for a place in reception after the start of term in September
  • and applications for a place in all other year groups (year 1-6)

Moving schools can be a difficult experience for a child. You should always speak to your child's current school before trying to move to see what support they can offer you.

How to apply for an in-year place

Leeds City Council has delegated the decision making for in-year applications to our Governing Body.  

You can apply for a place online using the Leeds in-year application form at Before you move schools ( can apply for places at our school and any other Leeds schools who are part of the centralised Leeds in-year application scheme at the same time.


If you have moved house, please upload evidence of the house move with the online application. You can find out what you need to provide on the above website.


We have to offer places by applying our admission policy criteria to your child’s application and we will contact you with our decision about offering you a place.  We will tell you our decision no later than 15 school days from when you apply.


If we cannot offer you a place, we will

  • write to you to explain the reasons
  • explain how you can appeal and
  • add your child to our waiting list in case a place becomes free.

Our waiting lists are kept until end of each school year. You will need to make a new application if you want to be on the waiting list for the following school year.


If we cannot offer you a place, you will have the right of appeal. The appeal panel is independent of the school and council and their decision is legally binding.

Before you appeal you:

  • should accept any place that you have been offered in case your appeal is not successful
  • should think about why you are appealing and check if it is likely to be successful
  • could read the advice for appealing school places on GOV.UK
  • could get independent advice on making an appeal from a charity

Leeds City Council arranges our appeals, and you can find the appeal form at School appeals (    

If you are appealing for a reception place for September 2023, you need to submit your appeal by the deadline to ensure the appeal will be heard before the summer holidays.

Appeals for Reception, Year 1, and Year 2 – these classes are limited to 30 pupils per teacher by law. This means that appeals for these places are less likely to be successful.


If our school refuses your child a place because of this limit and you want to appeal, you will need to make an infant class size appeal. You can see if your reasons are likely to be successful by reading the Department for Education's information about infant class size appeals.


Other appeals - You can appeal because you want your child to attend a particular school. These are successful if the panel agree that the reasons for your appeal outweigh the school's decision not to admit any more children.

Wanting your child to go to a school because you think it is the best one in the area is not likely to convince the panel that your child should get a place there.




Places are offered in priority order. Children who meet the first priority will get a place before children who meet the second.

Number of school places for Grimes Dyke Primary School
Admissions year

September 2023 to July 2024

Number of places (published admission number)


Summary of admissions policy


1. Looked after and previously looked after children including children who were adopted from state care outside of England (evidence required).

2. Children with exceptional social or medical needs that can only be met at a specific school (evidence and conditions apply).

3. Children who have a brother or sister attending the school (conditions apply).

4. Children who live in the catchment priority area for the school.

5. Other children, by straight line distance.


You should read the full admissions policy before applying. For some criteria, you may need to send extra information.


Our School Admissions policy for 2024/25


As a Leeds School we are notifying you we have updated the school’s admission policies for 2021/22 and 2022/23. These amendments are due to changes to the Admissions Code  which came into force on 1 September 2021. You can read our updated policies here

Leeds City Council Admissions telephone number: 0113 2224411

Nursery Admission


We have places available in our nursery, please call the school office for an application form or to request a visit to view our wonderful nursery provision. 

Please complete an online application if you wish for your child to attend Grimes Dyke Primary or another Leeds school