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Admissions Policy

Admissions to the school are controlled by Wakefield Local Authority (the District Council). Full details of the Authority’s policy on admissions are given in the ‘Guide for Parents’. This is available from the school and from the Education Department. The policy is summarised below.


At Pinders Primary School, we have a 45 pupil intake in Reception, KS1, Year 3 and Year 4. There is a 30 pupil intake for Year 5 and Year 6. This is the admission number set by the Local Authority after consultation with the Governing Body of Pinders Primary School.


If the number of preferences received for a school does not exceed the Admission Number, all preferences will be met (see Explanatory note 1).


Explanatory Notes

All applications will be considered in the following order:

1.         Applications received by the closing date in the normal admissions round:

              for primary applications the closing date is usually December.


2.         Late applications received between the closing date for the normal admissions round and the end of the summer term, for these applications, the following dates will apply:

            - applications for secondary places received by 30 November 2016 will be

              accepted as if they had been received by the closing date;

            - applications for primary places received by 9 January 2017 will be accepted as if they had been received by the closing date.


Applications received after these dates: these will be regarded as late applications and will be considered after all applications received on time.  However, if there are more applications for admission to school than there are places available (over subscribed places), preference will be given in the following order:


a) Children with a statement of special educational needs which names the school;

b) (i) Children who live in the school’s catchment area and who are in public care at the time of admission;

   (ii) Children who live in the school’s catchment area, who have brothers and sisters attending the school at the time of admission;

   (iii) Other children who live in the school’s catchment area;

   (iv) Children who live in that part of the primary school’s catchment area which is designated as an option area;

c) Children who have brothers or sisters in attendance at the school;

d) Other children, with priority being given to those living nearest to the school.


In all categories, when decisions have to be made between children satisfying the same criterion, children living nearest to the school, measured as the crow flies, have priority.  Where a family of twins or triplets request admission and there is only one school place available, it will be left with the family to decide whether or not they wish to take up the place for one of their children and appeal for the second or third child in the same year group, or to decline the place.


Where a child resides with more than one parent/carer, at different addresses, we will use the preference expressed by the parent/carer at the address where the child lives the majority of the time during the school week as the main place of residence.  Children will be placed in the appropriate category depending upon their circumstances at the closing date for receiving applications for admission to school.  Changes in address will be accepted in accordance with the provisions of the Secondary and Primary Co-ordination schemes. In cases where there is an anticipated change in circumstances, documentary evidence will be required.

In the event of any category being over-subscribed, places will be offered in the order of priority (a – d) detailed above.


For children with a statement of special educational need, certain other conditions also have to be satisfied. Further information can be obtained from SEN Group or Parent Partnership.


If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below. 


Contact School Admissions Team


If you have any queries or require further information then do not hesitate to contact the School Admissions Team at:


Admissions Team
Family Services,
School Admissions,
County Hall,
Wakefield WF1 2QL

Phone: 01924 305616, 305617, 305789 and 306766

Email: or use the comments form below