We are a Voluntary Controlled Primary school and the admission authority is Leeds City Council, who sets our admission policy every year.    

You can read our school’s admission policy at 'Our school admissions policies'.

How to apply for a September 2023 place 

If you are applying for a reception place for September 2023, all applications are made in advance.

Offers are made by the Local Authority on national offer day. 

You must apply to the local authority who empties your bins. If this is Leeds, go to www.leeds.gov.uk/apply.

The website is a composite prospectus for all Leeds schools and this includes:   

  • all of the steps you need to go through to make an application.
  • the key dates.
  • a search tool to see if your home address gives any higher priority for admission to any school(s).
  • an explanation about how places are offered if there are more applications than spaces (oversubscribed).
  • the online application portal - apply online and you’ll be sent your offer by email.
  • a summary of each school’s individual admission policy criteria.
  • data about who got a place in the last 3 years - this will help you work out if there is a reasonable chance of your child qualifying for a place. 
  • Information about applying under a specific admission criteria (such as your child being previously looked after). It is really important to ensure you submit all supporting evidence by the deadline to show you meet any such criteria. 

You can also watch the Leeds City Council school admissions video (Admissions Video Link) for more information.  

The council’s social media pages will also tell you about any Q&A sessions where you can ask questions. 

You can also see information about our school, including previous admission data, on our school page on the Leeds City Council’s website:

St Bartholomew's C of E Primary School Information

Application timetable

The below timetable applies to applications made to Leeds City Council. If you apply to another local authority, they may have different dates.

  Children born between 1st September 2018 and 31st August 2019 are due to start reception in September 2023.
1st November 2022 Applications open. You can apply online at leeds.gov.uk/apply
15th January 2023 National deadline for applying for Reception 2023
12th February 2023 Deadline for making changes that will be considered as being on-time for our school.
28th February 2023 Final date Leeds City Council uses for adding late applications or receiving change of address evidence. 
Any new applications received after this date will not be offered a school place until the first round of reallocations in May
17th April 2023 National offer day (first working day after 16th April 2023)
1st May 2023 First cut off for waiting list requests and deadline for accepting offers
15th May 2023

Any reception appeal submitted by this date will be heard before the summer holidays start

Leeds City Council arranges our appeals.

May to end of August 2023

Any available places automatically allocated from waiting lists by the local authority

Lower preference school offers are also withdrawn automatically (even if accepted)

June to July 2023 Appeals heard by independent appeal panels
September 2023 Start primary school


In-year applications

If you're moving into Leeds or want to change schools in Leeds, you need to make a school transfer – often called an in-year application.

This includes:

  • Applications for a place in reception after the start of term in September
  • and applications for a place in all other year groups (year 1-6)

Moving schools can be a difficult experience for a child. You should always speak to your child's current school before trying to move to see what support they can offer you.

How to apply for an in-year place

Leeds City Council has delegated the decision making for in-year applications to our Governing Body.   

You can apply for a place online using the Leeds in-year application form at 'Before you move schools'.

You can apply for places at our school and any other Leeds schools who are part of the centralised Leeds in-year application scheme at the same time. 

If you have moved house, please upload evidence of the house move with the online application. You can find out what you need to provide on the above website.  

We have to offer places by applying our admission policy criteria to your child’s application and we will contact you with our decision about offering you a place. We will tell you our decision no later than 15 school days from when you apply.    

If we cannot offer you a place, we will 

  • write to you to explain the reasons.
  • explain how you can appeal.
  • add your child to our waiting list in case a place becomes free.

Our waiting lists are kept until end of each school year. You will need to make a new application if you want to be on the waiting list for the following school year. 


If we cannot offer you a place, you will have the right of appeal. The appeal panel is independent of the school and council and their decision is legally binding.  

Before you appeal you:

  • should accept any place that you have been offered in case your appeal is not successful.
  • should think about why you are appealing and check if it's likely to be successful.
  • could read the advice for appealing school places on GOV.UK.
  • could get independent advice on making an appeal from a charity.

Leeds City Council arranges our appeals and you can find the appeal form at 'School appeals'. 

If you are applying for a reception place for September 2023, you need to submit your appeal by the deadline to ensure the appeal will be heard before the summer holidays. 

Appeals for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

These classes are limited to 30 pupils per teacher by law. This means that appeals for these places are less likely to be successful.  

If our school refuses your child a place because of this limit and you want to appeal, you will need to make an infant class size appeal.  You can see if your reasons are likely to be successful by reading the Department for Education's information about infant class size appeals.   

Other appeals

You can appeal because you want your child to attend a particular school. These are successful if the panel agree that the reasons for your appeal outweigh the school's decision not to admit any more children.

Wanting your child to go to a school because you think it is the best one in the area is not likely to convince the panel that your child should get a place there.




Starting Nursery

Children must be three years of age to attend the Nursery. Enquiries must be made directly to the school. Children's names can be put down on the waiting list from any age.

We have an admissions policy which can be viewed below:

Starting Nursery - Information for Parents


Children receive five free sessions a week. Each session is either a morning or an afternoon. The free sessions can be taken in any combination.

The sessions available are:

  • Monday to Friday: 08:30 - 11:30
  • Monday to Friday: 12:30 - 15:30
  • Monday and Tuesday: 08:30 - 15:30 & Wednesday: 08:30 - 11:30
  • Wednesday: 12:30 - 15:30 & Thursday and Friday: 08:30 - 15:30 

Please discuss your preferred choice when you register child. Please note, as we fill up not all sessions will be available.

We do offer a small number of 30 hour places to those who are eligible, however these are in high demand and are not available to everyone. Please ask at the office.

Attendance is a priority in school and will continue to be so. If your child is absent for any reason, it is vital that you contact school: phone, email, write or speak to a member of staff. If we have concerns about a child's attendance, we will contact their parent/carer. If absences fall into a regular pattern, we will be seeking the advice of the school's Attendance Improvement Officer (AIO). We cannot raise standards if your child is absent, either through your child missing odd days or being late and not participating in whole class introductions and explanations.


Holidays / Extended Leave

  • Holidays in term time will not be authorised. Only absences under very special circumstances will be authorised.
  • If you wish to take a family holiday or extended leave in term time or you need to take your child out of school for any reason you must complete a form, which you can collect from the office. If you are planning a holiday or travelling out of the country you must also provide proof of travel and booking.
  • If you take your child out of school we will follow the Leeds City Council guidelines.



If you have any questions regarding your child's attendance related to COVID-19 please call the office to discuss the current guidance.

Attendance Quick Guide


Attendance Prizes

Well Done Haki and Sonny!

They won one of the prizes from the 100% a week drawer. Every week when you are in every day your name goes in the drawer. At the end of each half term we pull two children from each phase.  

They win a prize for themselves and a £10 voucher.

Let’s see if you can get a ticket every week for next half term’s raffle!