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Admission Arrangements

We are a very popular school for pupils both within and without our catchment area. Many families and parents choose Rufforth as their first preference choice because they are keen for their child to experience a tailored, nurturing small-school environment in which our pupils are proven to excel.


We are proud of our achievements, successes and our wonderful children and families and would actively encourage any parents interested in joining our school to arrange a visit with Miss Richards, the headteacher.


Due to high demand, first preference choices for Rufforth School will have a stronger chance of securing one of our 14 places each year and so we encourage parents keen on gaining a place to select us as a first choice. Naturally, the school devolves all admission responsibility to the Local Authority and we have no role in the allocation of successful applicants. 


If would like to arrange a date to look around please contact Mrs Walton either emailing or calling 01904 555365. 

View our updated prospectus for detailed information about our school and a prospectus from the Pathfinder Trust

Please follow the link to City of York Council admissions for further information about the process

In-Year Admissions

Children joining in other year groups at different times of the year


At Rufforth, we have 14 places per year group.


We can, however, accept more children if class organisation is not affected and we have the capacity to accommodate. Usually, this will only be considered for children living directly within our catchment area where Rufforth is their only feasible local school. 


Currently, we have some year groups with under 14 pupils and could therefore accept pupils in those year groups - please enquire via the school and local authority.


In year groups with over 14 pupils, the governing body will review all applications and inform parents and the local authority of a decision. The decision to go over 14 pupils in each year group will usually only be taken if the child lives within the school's direct catchment. 


We therefore urge all potential parents to contact the school to arrange a visit. Following this meeting, parents must contact the local authority. ALL applications and expressions of interest must be made through City of York admissions who act as our admission regulators.

Admission Arrangements 2021/22 entry


Between 7 October 2019 – 29 November 2019 all admissions authorities for schools in York jointly conducted a consultation on admission arrangements for the admissions rounds for entry in September 2021-22.


The closing date for comments was 29 November 2019. After considering any comments received, the MAT board, in its role as an admission authority, then formally set (‘determined’) these arrangements on 13 February 2020.


Any objections to our arrangements may be made by parents/others to the Schools Adjudicator by the 15 May 2020. All objections must be received by the adjudicator on or before 15 May 2020, at: The Office of the Schools Adjudicator Mowden Hall, Staindrop Road, Darlington, DL3 9BG Tel: 0870 0012468 Fax: 01325 391313.


Admission Policy


Pathfinder Reception Admission Policy


The planned number of places (PAN) for Reception in 2021 is 15.


You can find more information on the City of York Council website: