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The Chief Executive of Leeds City Council makes the offer of a school place at Ralph Thoresby School for Year 7 on behalf of the Governing Body who are the admitting authority.

Headteachers or school-based staff are not authorised to offer a child a place for Year 7 for September entry. The Governing Body makes the offer of places in all other year groups and for entry to Year 7 outside the normal admissions round.

180 Places will be available for Year 7 in September

Where there are fewer applicants than places available, all applicants will be offered a place.

Children with an education, health and care plan which names Ralph Thoresby School will be admitted to the school. Where there are more applicants than places available, we will offer places to children in the following order of priority.


Priority 1

a) Children in public care or fostered under an arrangement made by the local authority or children previously looked after by a Local Authority.

b) Pupils without an EHC plan but who have Special Educational Needs, or with exceptional medical or mobility needs, that can only be met at a specific school.

Priority 2

Children with older brothers or sisters who will be at school at the start of the academic year when the applicant is due to start, and are living at the same address. This priority will not apply where the older sibling joined the sixth form from a different school.

Priority 3

We will give priority to applicants where the application is for the nearest priority school.

Priority 4

We will give priority to applicants who choose a Leeds school which is not their nearest priority school.

If we have more applications which meet any one of these priorities than there are places available, we will offer places first to children living closest to the school, measured in a straight line.

All applications for in-year admissions need to be submitted via the local authority online portal, which can be accessed from the following link:
Applications outside the normal admission round– In Year Transfer Requests

All applications outside the normal admission (‘In-­­year’) round should be made using an in-­­year common preference (ICPF) form. If you would like to request a place at Ralph Thoresby School you should return the form directly to the school. If the school is full you will be offered a right of appeal against the refusal.

The sibling priority will apply to younger and older siblings where families move during the school year. Where no house move has taken place you will be offered a place to start at the beginning of the next term, unless no other accessible school place is available to you You can contact the Admissions Team to find out about vacancies in schools


Applying for a secondary school place starting in Year 7

If you wish to apply to join Ralph Thorsby School starting in Year 7 please visit this section of the Leeds City Council Website, you can apply from 1 August the year before your child is due to start school in the following September. The deadline is 31 October.

In Year Transfers 

If you wish to apply for a place in Year 7 after the start of the new academic year in which they would start secondary school or in Years 8 to 11, please visit this section of the Leeds City Council Website, where you can find out all about the process, including the online application form.

To make an appeal please visit this section of the Leeds City Council Website, the deadline for appeals for Year 7 starting in September 2023 is 29 March 2023.

For Admission enquiries please contact the school email: letmeknow@ralphthoresby.com  

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