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Admissions

Admissions Policy and Procedures

Benton Park School is a Local Authority maintained school and the admission authority is Leeds City Council, who sets our admission policy every year.

You can read the Leeds City Council school’s admission policy using the link below and you can also see information about our school, including previous admission data, on our school page on the Leeds City Council’s website: Benton Park School

How to apply for a September 2022 place

If you are applying for a Year 7 place for September 2022, 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.

The council’s social media pages will also tell you about any Q&A sessions where you can ask questions and you can also watch the Leeds City Council school admissions video for more information:

Leeds application timetable

The Leeds City Council applications timetable can be found on the following link:
https://www.leeds.gov.uk/schools-and-education/school-admissions/offer-day-and-what-happens-next

If you apply to another local authority, they may have different dates.

Transition into Year 7

Parents can be assured that everything possible is done to ensure a smooth transfer from Primary to Secondary School. Our Key Stage 3 team works closely with our Primary Schools to ensure that we fully understand your child’s needs before beginning Secondary School. 

Through regular meetings and discussions with the school, together with our transition events and Parents’ Evenings we are fully informed about your child prior to their arrival.  We actively encourage parents to talk to us and share any worries or concerns before your child begins, to enable us to ensure the best possible start in Year 7.

Admissions for Years 8-13

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.

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 (leeds.gov.uk).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 and
  • 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 are able to offer your child a place we will ensure that they are supported and settle in quickly.  We will need to establish what work has been achieved in your child’s previous school and the progress made to allow us to assist the transition process.  Your child’s Form Tutor and Key Stage Leader will meet with them regularly in the first few weeks to ensure any issues or concerns are quickly overcome.

Appeals

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:

Leeds City Council arranges our appeals and you can find the appeal form at School appeals (leeds.gov.uk)

If you are applying for a Year 7 place for September 2022, you need to submit your appeal by the deadline to ensure the appeal will be heard before the summer holidays.