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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.

Schools admission arrangements consultation for the 2021-22 school year


Our Schools admission consultation is open between 7 October and 29 November 2019.

We invite your comments on school documentation in the City of York area including:


  • draft admissions policies
  • published admission number


The documents detail how admissions applications and decisions will be made for the 2021-2022 school year.


Complete our online survey


The consultation is a joint exercise between all admissions authorities in York, including:


  • the City of York Council on behalf of Community and Voluntary Controlled schools
  • governing bodies of Voluntary Aided schools
  • Academy Trusts of (single) Academies
  • the trust board, and local governing committees, of Multi-Academy Trusts


Following consultation, all admission authorities must formally ‘determine’ their admission arrangements by 28 February 2020 in line with the School Admissions Code.


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: