Of the many decisions you will make for your child as they grow up, we believe that ensuring you find the school that is best fit for them (and you!) is paramount. We would be very pleased to welcome you to come and look around our school if you are considering us for this role. Simply contact us to make an appointment.

Consultation on School Admission Arrangements for 2020/2021

Dates for Consultation: 19th December 2018 to 30th January 2019

The Brigshaw Learning Partnership, as the admission authority for Brigshaw High School, Allerton Bywater, Kippax Ash Tree, Kippax Greenfield, Kippax North, Methley and Swillington Primary schools, is proposing changes to the admissions arrangements to the schools for the academic year 2020/21.

In line with the School Admissions Code, admission authorities are required to consult on their admission policy whenever they would like to make a change.

We are consulting on the following proposals, and would like to hear your views and comments about these, so that we can decide whether to include these changes for the admissions policy for 2020/21:


- To adopt the Local Authority term “catchment priority area” to be consistent with the Leeds City Council proposed policy for 2020/21 should that policy be adopted. We propose that our catchment areas follow the existing polygon used by Leeds City Council for admissions (please note, addresses can be in the catchment priority area of more than one school).

- In line with the Local Authority proposals, remove the requirement for a sibling to be older than the applicant to qualify for sibling priority in the normal round. For clarification, there is no proposal to remove sibling priority. The proposal is to extend the priority so it applies to both older and younger siblings.

- That applications received after the statutory deadline for school applications will be considered as ‘late applications’ if received 4 weeks after the national deadline (rather than using the national deadline as in the existing policy). This is in line with Leeds Local Authority proposals and neighbouring authorities.

- In line with the local authority's request, change the application process for school transfers (in-year applications) so that all applications are submitted by parents to the Local Authority rather than to each individual school.

There are some additional changes which we must make to the previous policy for accuracy and clarification. These changes are:

  • Expanded definition of the children eligible to receive Priority 1 (CLA and Previously CLA) to include children previously looked after outside England, to be in line with 2018 DfE guidance
  • Clarified information about waiting lists, appeals, tie-break, deferment and home addresses
  • Update to dates to ensure accuracy for 2020/21
  • Minor wording changes to provide further clarity for parents
  • Clarification that if schools are not oversubscribed, all applicants will be offered a place.
  • Amendment to the type of CLA Orders which are required and how parents can qualify for priority 1
  • More detail provided for parents on Fair Access Protocols
  • Confirmation that nursery places to not offer priority for primary school admissions

You are welcome to pass this consultation on to anyone you feel may be interested. All comments and suggestions are invited and you can respond in writing or by email to Mrs Wendy Harrington, Compliance and Governance Officer by no later than the consultation deadline of 30th January 2019.

In writing: Brigshaw Learning Partnership, Brigshaw High School, Brigshaw Lane, Allerton Bywater, Castleford, WF10 2HR

By e-mail:

Click here for the Admission Policy 2020 - 2021 for public consultation.

Click here for a map of the proposed catchment area.

Applying for your child to start Reception (Foundation 2) in September 2019:

Leeds City Council is the admissions authority for children starting Reception class in September, but we can help you with this process. Parents considering applying to our school are more than welcome to contact us to arrange a visit or to come to one of our Open Days.

For more information on the Leeds City Council school admissions process, please click here. The deadline to apply for a primary school place starting in September 2019 is 15th January 2019.

Please note, children who attend our Nursery are not automatically allocated a place within our school and the usual admissions process would apply.

Applying for your child to start school during a school year:

If you need a place for a child in Years 1 to 6, please contact us directly to discuss admission. In-year entry is arranged directly with us and we will provide you with the necessary information together with the forms you will need to complete. 

If we have a place available, we will be able to admit your child as soon as possible. If our admission limit for the particular year group has been reached, we will refer you to the Local Authority who will help you secure a place in another local school. 

Applying for your child to start Nursery (Foundation 1):

Children start Nursery the school term after their third birthday, either in September, January or April. We hold open sessions and optional settling in sessions that you can attend with your child and also carry out a home visit too, to make sure your child has the best possible start.

To apply for a Nursery place, please contact Miss Asad, our Early Years Foundation Stage Leader.


For further details, please see our admissions policies:

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