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Admissions Information


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 a place, so we encourage parents keen on gaining a place to select us as a first choice. Our pupils come from Rufforth village and further afield. Within our current Reception class, 64% of children live outside of the catchment area so please do not let your location discourage you from applying. 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. 

Admissions Consultation for 2022-23 Entry


This year’s Admissions Consultation is being jointly held by all admissions authorities in the City of York between 12 October and 29 November 2020. The consultation includes the admissions policies and planned number of places available at each school in the year(s) of entry.


The views of parent/carers, schools and other interested parties are being sought during this consultation.


To respond, parents/carers can write to us, email  or complete this short survey at


Following the consultation, each admission authority will formally set (‘determine’) their admission arrangements for admission in 2022-2023 by 28 February 2021. Determined policies will be on all admissions authorities own websites by 15 March 2021 after which objections can be raised.


All documents found below at this stage are in their draft (pre-determined) form.


The draft policy is available here: Pathfinder Draft Reception Admissions Policy 2022-23
The planned number of places (PAN) for Reception in September 2022 is 15.

View our website or visit the school for detailed information about Rufforth Primary. Please find below 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


We can accept more children in other year groups at different times of the year, 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 do have some in-year places and could therefore accept pupils in those year groups - please enquire via the school and local authority.


In year groups with higher numbers, the governing body will review all applications and inform parents and the local authority of a decision.


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 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:

Further Information


Any objections to our arrangements may be made by parents/others to the Schools Adjudicator by the 15 May 2021. All objections must be received by the adjudicator on or before 15 May 2021, at:


The Office of the Schools Adjudicator
Mowden Hall,
Staindrop Road,
Darlington, DL3 9BG