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Wakefield

If you contact your local school directly they will be able to tell you if you are within their catchment area, they will also be able to give you details of any open days or their policy for visiting the school.

You may also want to read the school’s most recent OFSTED report to help you make your decision. Here

You may visit and or apply for a place at any school, however the admissions policy will outline who has priority (children with a statement of educational special needs, those with siblings in the school and those within the catchment etc) See your chosen schools website for full details.

The councils website showing catchment areas can be found here

There is no guarantee of getting a place in your preferred (or even second or third choice school) and the information about the appeals procedure can be found here.

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Y6 Applications for Secondary School

Parents of children currently in Year 6 can apply for a Secondary School place to start in September 2020.

 

The deadline for applying is 31st October 2019 and you can do so online HERE

 

You can apply for up to 5 different schools into the Wakefield area, putting the schools in order of preference.

 

All schools do hold an open day / evening for you and your children to look around the school and find out what is being offered there.

 

Dates and times are correct at the time of this post being published but I do recommend that you check with the school in case of any changes or updates.

 

State Schools

SchoolDateTime
Airedale AcademyWednesday 2nd October3:30pm – 7:00pm
Carleton High SchoolThursday 26th September5:30pm – 8:00pm
Castleford AcademyThursday 3rd October5:00pm – 7:30pm
Cathedral AcademyThursday 19th September5:00pm – 7:30pm
Crofton AcademyThursday 3rd October5:30pm – 8:00pm
De Lacy AcademyTuesday 17th September7:00pm
The Featherstone AcademyWednesday 18th September5:00pm – 7:30pm
Horbury AcademyWednesday 2nd October5:30pm – 8:00pm
Kettlethorpe High SchoolThursday 26th September4:00pm – 8:00pm
The King’s SchoolThursday 10th OctoberTBC
Minsthorpe Community CollegeThursday 3rd October5:30pm – 7:30pm
Ossett AcademyThursday 26th September6:00pm – 8:00pm
Outwood Academy City FieldsTuesday 8th OctoberTBC
Outwood Academy FreestonTuesday 1st October5:00pm – 7:00pm
Outwood Academy HemsworthTuesday 24th September5:15pm – 8:00pm
Outwood Grange AcademyTuesday 24th September5:15pm – 8:00pm
St Thomas a Beckett Catholic SchoolThursday 19th September5:30pm – 7:30pm
St Wilfred’s Catholic High SchoolSaturday 28th September10:30am – 1:30pm

 

Independent Schools 

SchoolDateTime
Ackworth SchoolTuesday 24th September10:00am
Queen Elizabeth Grammar SchoolSaturday 5th October9:30am – 1:00pm
Silcoates SchoolSaturday 12th October10:00am – 12:00pm
Wakefield Girls’ High SchoolSaturday 5th October9:30am – 1:00pm

Applying for a Primary School Place in Wakefield

Will your child be joining Reception in September 2020 and you are wondering how you apply for a Primary School place?

 

Don’t worry we have put together a step by step process on what to do!

 

If your child was born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016, you can apply for a full-time school place to start school in September 2020.  You will receive a letter from Wakefield Council in Autumn 2019.

  • The closing date for applications is 15th January 2020
  • Results will be available online on 16th April 2020

 

 

If you want to know about the potential number of children applying for each school, a really good document is the ‘School Organisation Plan’ produced by Wakefield Council.

 

I came across this when my son was 18 months old and went into a bit of a panic as I realised Mini Mumbler’s intake year was oversubscribed!! There was a note to say they were aware of this and were looking at actions to increase the number of places. Luckily, by the time the next school year came around they had a planning application in for an additional classroom!

 

Visiting Schools

I would highly recommend getting in contact with a few schools that you think you will put on the application form. Visiting a school and seeing it full of children during the school day will give you a good feel for a school. Some schools are really flexible and will let you look around any time of the week, where as others have a one day a month viewing on a particular day! That could only be three chances for you to see your preferred school! We have listed the contact details and ways to visit all schools in Wakefield District here.

 

Write a list of questions to ask on your visit; is there wrap around care, are the meals cooked on the premises, what outdoor learning activities do the children take part in, are there music lessons were some of the questions we asked.  And if you forgot to ask a question, do ring them back up!

 

Applications

You can apply in two ways; online and or by the paper application that you should have received through the post

Wakefield Council advise to apply online (here’s a quick link for you!)

  • Your application won’t get lost in the post
  • You get an email confirmation saying that your application has been received
  • You can change your mind right up until the closing date of 15th January 2020 (you need to email them though if you change your mind after receiving the confirmation email!)
  • You can find out the result immediately on 16th April 2020 instead of waiting for the post (they send it out 2nd class!)

 

Applying online

  • The first thing you need to do is create an account on Parent Portal with a username and password
  • Click the purple ‘Start Now’ which takes you to the Synergy Parent Portal
  • On the top left-hand corner click ‘Create Account’ and complete details
  • Click ‘log in’ which takes you to the Applicant Summary page
  • If you click ‘View Admissions’, it takes you through to a page where you can add your school preferences
  • You can choose up to 5 schools and you should select them in order of preference.
  • When you select a school, it comes up with a tick box of preference reasons and allows you to add additional notes
  • If you change your mind or get them in the wrong order, don’t worry as there are arrows so you can move the school up or down
  • Remember to click ‘Submit Application’!

 

Remember only putting one school preference does not guarantee your child getting into that school. If they are oversubscribed and you haven’t put a 2nd or 3rd preference, then the local authority will decide the school.

 

Results

Results will be online at 00:30am Thursday 16th April 2020. The link to login is available here. I couldn’t remember my password and have just done the automated ‘forgotten password’! It only took a couple of minutes to come through to my email

 

Appeal Process

If your school preference place is not confirmed you have the right to appeal. Your appeal should be received by Tuesday 21st May 2020. You can find the appeal form here and appeal hearings commence from June 2020 onwards. There are further appeal documents on Wakefield Council website available here

 

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Crofton Infants’ School, Crofton WF1

‘Success is a shared experience’

Academy: Waterton Academy Trust

Ofsted: GOOD March 2012

Nursery 3-4 year olds

Call: 01924 864 711


Dane Royd Junior & Infant School, Crigglestone WF4

‘Enrichment beyond the classroom’

A Wakefield Local Authority Maintained School

Ofsted: GOOD June 2013

Extended School provision 7:30am – 6pm

Nursery 3-4 year olds

Call: 01924 303 500


Flanshaw Junior, Infant and Nursery School

‘Pride through learning-Challenging our community to succeed’

Ofsted: GOOD July 2015

Nursery 3-4 year olds

Call: 01924 303 645


Hendal Primary School, Kettlethorpe WF2 7

‘We aim to foster in our children values and attitudes which will serve them well throughout their whole lives’

Ofsted: GOOD November 2012

Extended School provision 7am – 5:30pm

Nursery 3-4 year olds

Call: 01924 259 465


Horbury Primary School, Horbury WF4 5

Ofsted: GOOD May 2013

Extended School provision 7:30am – 6pm

Nursery

Call: 01924 302810


Lawefield Primary School, Wakefield WF2 8

‘We are proud of our thoughtful, well-rounded children and committed to a holistic approach to learning’

Ofsted: GOOD May 2014

 

Call: 01924 303 670


Mackie Hill Junior & Infant School, Crigglestone WF4

‘Learning for you, learning for life’

Ofsted: GOOD January 2013

Nursery 3-year olds

Call: 01924 303 520


Middlestown Junior & Infant School, Middlestown WF4 4

Ofsted: GOOD March 2015

Extended School provision 7:30am – 6pm

Nursery 3-4 year olds

Call: 01924 302 820


Netherton Junior & Infant Scool, Netherton WF4 4

‘Enjoy, Achieve and Aspire’

Ofsted: REQUIRES IMPROVEMENT January 2015

 

Call: 01924 274 873


Sandal Magna Community Primary School, Wakefield WF15

‘The heart and future of the community’

Ofsted: REQUIRES IMPROVEMENT March 2015

Call: 01924 303 530


Snapethorpe Primary School, Lupset WF2 8

‘Working together, achieving more’

Ofsted: OUTSTANDING March 2013

 

Call: 01924 367 396


South Parade Primary School, Ossett WF5 0

‘Our children are encouraged to explore, discover and question through a range of exciting learning opportunities both within and outside the classroom.’

Ofsted: GOOD September 2013

Nursery 3-4 year olds

Call: 01924 302 875


Wakefield Methodist (VC) Junior, Infant & Nursery School, Wakefield WF2

‘Ethic of Excellence’

Ofsted: GOOD July 2013

Nursery 3-4 year olds

Call: 01924 303630

 


West Bretton Junior & Infant School, West Bretton WF4

‘They come this way only once so we should pave their pathways with quality experiences. Let everyone who journeys with us be happier and more fulfilled for having shared time with us.’

Ofsted: GOOD November 2011

 

Call: 01924 830 204