We are a voluntary controlled school and the admission authority is Leeds City Council, who set our admission policy every year.  You can read our school’s admission policy at Our school admissions policies (leeds.gov.uk)

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. 

Our Published Admission Number (PAN) is 60 places, and this is the number of places the school can admit in reception in 2024.

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 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 the Leeds City Council school admissions video 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 

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 2019 and 31st August 2020 are due to start reception in September 2024.
1st November 2023 Applications open. You can apply online at leeds.gov.uk/apply
15th January 2024 National deadline for applying for Reception 2024
12th February 2024 Deadline for making changes that will be considered as being on-time for our school.
28th February 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

16th April 2024 National offer day (first working day after 16th April)
30th April 2024 First cut off for waiting list requests and deadline for accepting offers
14th 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
September 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 
  • 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

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 submit evidence of the house move at the same time you make your 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 the 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 find the appeal form at School appeals (leeds.gov.uk).

If you are appealing for a reception place for September 2024, 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.

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.

Attendance Quick Guide


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.


Religious Observations

Pupils are permitted to take a day’s authorised absence for religious observance at Eid-ul-Fitr and up to another 2 days at Eid-ul-Adha, a total of up to three days per year.


Attendance Statistics

AUTUMN 1 (2023)

Weekly Attendance (W/C) All Nursery to Year 6 (%) Reception to Year 6 (%)
4th September 2023 97 97
11th September 2023 95 95.9
18th September 2023 96.6 96.7
25th September 2023 95.3 95.7
2nd October 2023 95.7 96.2
9th October 2023 95.1 95.8
16th October 2023 94.4 95.1
23rd October 2023 92.3 92.8
4th September 2023 - 27th October 2023 95.4 95.8


AUTUMN 2 (2023)

Weekly Attendance (W/C) All Nursery to Year 6 (%) Reception to Year 6 (%)
6th November 2023 96.3 96.4
13th November 2023 95.9 96.3
20th November 2023 95.9 96.1
27th November 2023 94.8 95.3
4th December 2023 95.3 95.6
11th December 2023 94.2 94.7
18th December 2023 92.4 92.9
6th November 2023 - 22nd December 2023 94.9 95.3


SPRING 1 (2024)

Weekly Attendance (W/C) All Nursery to Year 6 (%) Reception to Year 6 (%)
8th January 2024 94 94.8
15th January 2024 95.5 96.2
22nd January 2024 93.2 93.8
29th January 2024 93.3 93.9
5th February 2024 93.3 93.9
8th January 2024 - 9th February 2024 93.9 94.5


SPRING 2 (2024)

Weekly Attendance (W/C) All Nursery to Year 6 (%) Reception to Year 6 (%)
19th February 2024 95.6 95.6
26th February 2024 95.4 95.4
4th March 2024 95.3 95.7
11th March 2024 95.8 96
18th March 2024 95.9 96.2
25th March 2024 95.2 95.2
19th February 2024 - 29th March 2024 95.5 95.7


SUMMER 1 (2024)

Weekly Attendance (W/C) All Nursery to Year 6 (%) Reception to Year 6 (%)
15th April 2024 95.4 95.3
22nd April 2024 95.1 95.3
29th April 2024 94.3 94.3
6th May 2024 95.7 96
13th May 2024 96.1 96.2
20th May 2024 94.3 94.9
15th April 2024 - 24th May 2024 95.1 95.3


SUMMER 2 (2024)

Weekly Attendance (W/C) All Nursery to Year 6 (%) Reception to Year 6 (%)
3rd June 2024 95 95.3
10th June 2024 95.9 95.9
17th June 2024 - -
24th June 2024 - -
1st July 2024 - -
8th July 2024 - -
15th July 2024 - -


Summer 2024 - Amazing Improvement!

Well done to Rachel and Lamaisah for their brilliant improvements this term - keep it up!


Summer 2024 - 100% Raffle Winner

The fantastic winner of our raffle for being in 100% in the last week of term, fantastic!


Summer 2024 - 96%+ Raffle Winner

Some of our winners from the Friday and over 96% raffle.

Well Done!


Spring 2024

A big well done to all the children who won a prize in our attendance raffles. These were for being in school every Friday, being in school the last week of term and for having over our 96% target for the half term. All children get a chance as we start again each half term so nobody is excluded because of their previous attendance.

We also award every child with great attendance for the half term a postcard and 100 Trackit points and for those with great attendance for the term we award a certificate and prize.

Well done to all those children.


Autumn 2023

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!