St Oswald’s is a voluntary aided school. Our admission authority is the governing body who set our school’s admission policy every year. You can read our school admissions policy in the documents section at the bottom of this page.

How to apply for a September 2024 place

If you are applying for a reception place for September 2024, 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 The website is a composite prospectus for all Leeds schools, and this includes:

    • All 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 will 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 important to ensure you submit all supporting evidence by the deadline to show you meet any such criteria

You can also watch this video from Leeds City Council for more information:

The council’s social media pages will also tell you about 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.

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 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 are due to start reception in September 2023.
1 Nov 2023 Applications open. You can apply online at
15 Jan 2024 National deadline for applying for Reception 2024.
12 Feb 2024 Deadline for making changes that will be considered as being on-time for our school.
28 Feb 2024 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.
17 April 2024 National offer day (first working day after 16 April).
1 May 2024 First cut off for waiting list requests and deadline for accepting offers.
15 May 2024 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 2024 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 2024 Appeals heard by independent appeal panels.
Sept 2024 Start primary school.

In-year applications

If you are 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.
    • 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 ( 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:

Leeds City Council arranges our appeals and you can use the appeal form.

If you are applying for a reception place for September 2023, you need to submit your appeal form by the above 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.

Preschool Nursery Admissions

At St Oswald’s, we accept pupils into our Preschool Nursery from the beginning of the term following the child’s third birthday. New pupils can enrol in September, January and April, depending on the availability of class spaces. Eligible families can use their 30 hours / 15 hours funding. All admissions are dealt with according to our Nursery Admissions Policy for the school year 2023-24.

Admissions Policies and Supplementary Information

Our 2021-22, 2022-23 and 2023-24 Admissions Policies and Faith Criteria Supplementary Information Form (Faith Criteria SIF), as approved by the Governing Body, are published below.

Faith Criteria SIF

If you are applying for a Reception place for your child for September, you only need to complete a Faith Criteria SIF if your child meets one of admissions criteria 4, 6 or 7.

If you do not regularly attend a Church or other world faith place of worship, you do not need to complete a Faith Criteria SIF (see our school’s Admissions Policy for more details).

School Admissions Priority 1 – Supplementary Information

When requesting priority admission for a previously Looked After child under criteria 1 of our school’s Admissions Policy, you must submit evidence of your child’s previously looked after status (a copy of the court order and evidence of being in local authority or state care outside England) with your application.

Admissions Documents

Admission Policy 2024-25
Faith Criteria SIF 2024-25
Nursery Admissions Policy
Primary Faith Criteria SIF 2023-24