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Address: Killinghall Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD3 7JF
Phone: 01274 771166
Fax: 01274 771167
Email: office@killinghall.bradford.sch.uk
Please address all enquiries to Judith Thompson

Admissions Process and Appeals Process

How do I get a place at Killinghall Primary School

Children are admitted to Reception Class at the beginning of the academic year in which they are five, this is September.  However part-time places may be available initially for some children depending on educational/social needs and by agreement with parents/carers, and the Headteacher.  Generally our children settle more quickly if they come full-time.

The school has a planned admission limit, agreed with Bradford Council, of 90 children for Reception, Year 1,2,3,4,5 and Year 6.

The Council decide who will be offered a place at our school by using our Admission Policy.

To apply for a place in our school you are required to apply online using the Bradford Council website www.bradford.gov.uk


Killinghall Primary School is a three form entry Foundation School with a 78 place Nursery, and a two year old provision.

In order to make admissions to our Nursery and main school as fair as possible for all children wishing to attend it is necessary to have an admission policy.

The admission of a pupil with a statement of special educational needs or Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) is dealt with by a separate procedure. Such children will be admitted to Killinghall Primary if the school is named in the Education and Health Care Plan, without reference to the oversubscription criteria below.

Children are admitted into reception class in the September of the academic year in which they reach the age of five regardless of aptitude or ability.  When applications for admission exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied, in the order set out below.

A place offered, where the parent has named the school based on:

1.  Looked after children and children who were looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or become subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).

2.  Children who have exceptional social or medical needs, where it is deemed essential by an independent professional written recommendation from the child’s paediatrician/consultant, a Director of the Local Authority, Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) etc. The letter must explain why Killinghall Primary is the ONLY suitable school to meet the child’s needs and why no other school could provide the appropriate support. The Governors will consider all requests on these grounds.

3.  Children of members of staff who have been employed for two or more years at the time at which the application is made and/or the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

4.  Children who have sisters and brothers (siblings) of statutory school age attending the school (where the child currently attending will be continuing in the school during the year for which the application is made)

5.  Children who live near to the proximity of the school.  Priority being given to those living closest to the school as the crow flies, from the main entrance of the school to the home address building (proof of residency may be requested before places are offered)

Tie Break

When demand exceeds places in any of the above, the distance between the child’s home and school, measured by a straight line distance from the Ordnance Survey address point of the home to the main entrance of the school building, will be used to decide who is given a place; those living nearest being given the available places. Where the offer of places to applicants with equi-distant addresses would lead to oversubscription, the decision of who will be offered the place will be made by random selection

Please Note

Siblings mean brothers and sisters who live at the same permanent home address.  Foster children and step sisters and step brothers are also included. Where a child lives with split parents who have shared responsibility, it is for the parents to determine which address to use when applying for a primary school. Proof of residency may be required at any time during or after the allocation process.

‘Home address’ refers to the child’s permanent home at the date of admission.

Where the parents of multiple births (twins/triplets etc) request admission and only one of the siblings can be offered a place, the remaining siblings will also be offered places above the admission number.

Application procedure for Nursery

Application Forms for Nursery will be completed by the School Office on receipt of a child’s original birth certificate.  The admissions panel will meet to allocate available places after the half term holiday each October, February and May.  Places will be allocated and offered in writing.


If places become available mid-term, they will be allocated from waiting lists which are kept by the school office. We adopt the Council admission policy on Nursery admission. Please see appendix 1.

Children attend Nursery part-time and will be admitted to Nursery in a term after their third birthday.  There are 39 places in each Nursery session.  In the event of Nursery places being over- subscribed, the over-subscription criteria described above will be applied.  Parents will be informed of the decision by the school. Entitled children aged 2 currently in the 2 year old Early Years provision will be given priority into the 3/4 year old nursery classes to ensure continuity in their education.

At present the school is not in a position to offer any flexible places.

A child who has a place in nursery is not guaranteed a place in Reception, nor do they have any additional priority for Reception.

Application Procedure for Reception

Applications for children to start in Reception at the start of the school year should be made online on the council’s website, www.bradford.gov.uk/admissions.  The Local Authority will apply the admission criteria above. After all available places have been filled, waiting lists will be kept by the Admissions Team at Bradford Council on behalf of the school at least until the end of the autumn term.

However, it will be explained to such parents that should a place become available at the school, this may be filled by a child whose family have made contact since the final date of registration for admission.  This family may meet the criteria for admission in a way that gives them preference over others on the waiting list.

Parents who make an unsuccessful application for admission to Killinghall will be informed of their statutory right of appeal.  The Appeal Procedure will follow the prescribed DfES/LEA guidelines.

The Admissions Team at Bradford Council will keep all waiting lists for children from Reception to Year 6.

Admission mid-year/ Pupil Transfer

In year applications must be made on a ‘Common in-year application form’, obtainable from the Local Authority or school and must be returned to the Local Authority.  If a place is not available, the application will be added to the oversubscription list.  No child will normally be accepted without prior consultation with the school they are leaving.

Pupils will be expected to remain at Killinghall for the full seven years as mid phase transfer has detrimental effects on pupil’s progress. Transfer to another school occasionally is requested and should be done at the end of term or in exceptional circumstances half term.

Parents requesting a transfer should discuss this with the Headteacher and complete a common

‘In-Year Application Form’.

Late Applications

In the event of a place becoming available during the year, a place will be offered to the next person on the list according to the oversubscription criteria.  Late applications will be added to the oversubscription list and be treated in the same way as other refused applications.

Please note it is the parent’s responsibility to apply for a place for the child in mainstream school.

Parents of prospective new pupils are positively encouraged to visit the school.

If you need any additional information regarding our admissions policy please do not hesitate to contact the Headteacher or the School Business Manager.

Admission policies will only be consulted upon each 7 years unless there have been changes.

Supplementary Information

Admission of Four year olds (Summer born children)

Parents may defer the child’s admission to the beginning of the following academic year, however if they choose to do so, they must apply for a Reception place, but will only take up this place in Year 1 in the following academic year.

Parents of Summer born children may also request part-time places or start dates in January or April in the Foundation 2 class up to the compulsory school age of 5 years.  All requests will be considered.


How to get a place in Bright Start Early Years 2 year old provision


Killinghall Primary School Nursery is for two year old children who meet the eligibility criteria for the government’s ‘Early Education for Two-year Olds’ scheme (see below). These two year old children are entitled to a place starting in the term after their second birthday. The governors of Killinghall Primary School are responsible for admissions into the 2 year Nursery. We offer 16 morning places and 16 afternoon places.  No flexible places will be offered at this time.


  • To provide a clear statement of admission criteria to the 2 Year old Nursery, notes and guidance which will be used to allocate places and which comply with local, statutory advice and regulations.


To be considered for a place in Nursery, as from September 2021, children must first meet at least one of the Government’s criteria, as follows:

Income Support

Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance

Income related Employment and Support Allowance

The ‘Guarantee’ element of State Pension Credit

Support under part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Child Tax Credit and/or Working Tax Credit and have an annual income no more than £16,190 as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs

Universal Credit and have an annual net earned income equivalent to and not exceeding £15,400, assessed on up to three of the parent’s most recent Universal Credit assessment periods.

Child has a current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care plan

Child attracts the Disability Living Allowance

Child who is looked after by the local council

Child who has left care through special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order.

Children of Zambrano Carers.*

Children of families with no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private/family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.*

Children of a subset of failed asylum seekers (supported under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 – ‘The 1999 Act’.*


*The Local Authority will be responsible for looking at the evidence required and deciding whether the child is eligible for an early education funded place.


Places are usually allocated a half-term before children are entitled to start in Nursery (the term after their second birthday). When the number of eligible applications exceeds the number of places available then the following criteria will be applied, in priority order as listed, to determine who will be offered a place.


  1. Looked after children.
  2. Children with siblings currently in school, living at the same address at the time of admission.
  3. Proximity of the child’s home to the school’s main entrance, with those living nearer, as measured by a straight line, being accorded the highest priority.
  4. Where any of the above categories is over-subscribed, proximity to the school as measured by a straight line will be the deciding factor in awarding a place.


Killinghall Primary School Nursery Application Forms will be completed by the school office on receipt of a child’s original birth certificate. Any additional evidence (e.g. evidence of benefits) should be handed in to the office. The admissions panel will meet to allocate places after the half-term holiday each term (October, February, and May). Places will then be allocated and offered in writing, and applications received after this date will only be considered if there are spaces available.


1.  After all places have been filled, a waiting list will be formed from those who have been unsuccessful in obtaining a place and request their name be kept on file.

2. When the child reaches the appropriate age for school Nursery (the September after they turn three) the child will be considered for a place in this provision, in line with our Nursery Admissions Policy.

3. There are no statutory appeal entitlements for parents/carers refused a Nursery place. Parents should follow the following procedure if they have cause to complain:

  • put their concerns in writing to the school’s governing body who will consider the complaint in accordance with their complaints procedure;
  • if not satisfied they should write to Local Authority’s Early Years Manager who will investigate the complaint;
  • where parents/carers are still not satisfied with the decision they can then complain through the courts or the Local Government Ombudsman.


1.  The criteria will be overridden for a child with an Education and Health Care Plan where the Nursery is named on the plan

2.  If you are allocated a place at Nursery you will be contacted and receive a letter of confirmation from school.  We ask that you complete the acceptance form that will be attached and return it to school to ensure your place is allocated. 

3.  All new children and their parents will be invited to an initial visit to Nursery, where possible, before they begin. We expect all children and their parents/carers to attend. Additional ‘Settling in Days’ will be planned in consultation with each child’s parent.

4.  Regular attendance in Nursery is expected. If a child does not attend Nursery procedures will be followed as outlined in appendix 1.

5. If you no longer require a place, or wish to be removed from our waiting list, please let the school office know on 01274 771166.

6. Once a place has been accepted, any change in your circumstances leading to a place not being taken up, or requiring you to remove your child from the Nursery, our school and the other setting involved (if any), must first be consulted.

7.  At any time after admission you are no longer eligible under the ‘Eligibility Criteria’ your child will be allowed to continue to attend until the end of their entitlement.

8.   Children in the 2 year old provision will be given priority into the 3/4 year old nursery classes to    

      ensure continuity in their nursery education.



Killinghall Primary School appeals timetable

  • Allocation letters sent to parents – 16 April 2021
  • Deadline for parents to submit appeal – 17 May 2021
  • All parents will be given at least 14 days’ written notice where an appeal hearing is to be held remotely by telephone or video link. Otherwise appeals will be heard as soon as is reasonably possible and parents will be provided with a timetable for submitting written information. Where possible appeals will be heard by Monday, 19 July 2021
  • Decision letters will be sent within 7 days of the determination by the panel of an appeal.

Late application appeals will be heard as soon as reasonably practicable.

Appeals made during the academic year (in-year) will be heard as soon as reasonably practicable.

The last appeal date in the summer term will be week beginning 19 July 2021


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