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

Admissions Arrangements 2023-24


The Governors at Hawksworth Church of England Primary School are the Admissions Authority and it is a legal requirement that they have a clearly defined and published admission policy for the school. In the event that there are more applications than the number of places available, the governors will allocate places according to the criteria set out in the policy.

Admission numbers

The planned admission number for September 2023 is 15.

Deferred Entry

Parents of children who are offered a place at the school before they are of compulsory school age can defer their child’s entry until later in the school year, or until the child reaches compulsory school age in that school year. Where entry is deferred, the school will hold the place for that child and not offer it to another child during the remainder of the school year. Parents cannot defer entry beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday, nor beyond the academic year for which the original application was accepted. Parents can also request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age.

Children with a statement of Special Educational Needs

Children with a statement of Special Educational Needs will be allocated a place in accordance with S.324 of the education Act 1996

If there are more applicants than places available, governors will allocate places according to the oversubscription criteria below:

Criteria for admission (in order of priority) Admission to Reception Year and in-year transfers

  1. ‘Looked after children’. Children who have been adopted from local authority care, children with a Child Arrangement Order or Residency Order and those with Special Guardianship following being Looked After will be included within the higher priority for looked after children.

  2. ‘Looked after children’ who were previously in care outside of England. Children who appear to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.
  3. A child who wishes to join a sibling already attending Hawksworth Church of England (VA) Primary School and where the older child will still be on roll at the expected time of admission.
  4. A child living and worshipping within the boundary of the Parish of Guiseley with Esholt.
  5. A child living within the boundary of the Parish of Guiseley with Esholt.
  6.  A child worshipping within the boundary of the Parish of Guiseley with Esholt.

  7. A child worshipping outside the boundary of the Parish of Guiseley with Esholt.

  8. Any other children.

Please note due to any future Covid -19 restrictions the following has been added to our Admission Arrangements

In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church [or, in relation to those of other faiths, relevant place of worship] has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these [admissions] arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church [or in relation to those of other faiths, relevant place of worship] or alternative premises have been available for public worship.

Hawksworth CofE Primary School Tiebreaker

Where the offer of places to all applicants in any of the categories listed above would lead to over-subscription, the available places will be offered to those living nearest to the school. The straight-line distance measurement as provided by the Local Authority will be used as the final determining factor.

Common Preference Form

Applications will be made using Leeds City Council’s online system or the single form, known as the common preference form. These forms can be obtained from Leeds City Council or the school. Forms must be returned by the closing date of 15th January 2023. Places will be offered by the governors and parents will be notified via Leeds City Council on 16th April 2023. The school will also request a Supplementary Information Form (available on the school website or from the school office) be completed and returned to the school by the closing date of 15th January 2023.

In Year Admissions

Any parent will be able to apply directly to the school at any time. An admissions form can be obtained from the school and should be returned to them. Governors will consider whether or not a place can be offered and parents will be notified of the offer/refusal of a place by the school. The school will also notify Leeds City Council of the application and its outcome.


Parents have the right to an independent appeal. Appeals against the governor's decision not to offer places to applicants must be made by the parents, in writing, to the Clerk of the Appeals panel, through the Headteacher of the school within 20 days of the parents receiving notice that a place has not been offered to their child.

Waiting List

Where a child is refused an offer of a place in the school, the parents may request that the child’s name be placed on the school’s waiting list with the school. The waiting list will be maintained for the remainder of the academic year for which the application was made. Waiting lists will be maintained in order of the over-subscription priorities.


This policy statement is reviewed annually and is approved by the Governors Admission Committee. 

The Supplementary Information Form must be returned to school.

Supplementary Information Form Link

Admissions Policies:


Admissions Policy 2023-2024 Link

Admissions Policy 2024-2025 Link


Leeds Admissions Advice

Message from Leeds Admission

The admission round for children wishing to start Reception in September 2023 opened on 1st  November and families can make applications online until midnight on 15th January 2023.

Useful information for parents?

You can find information about schools, previous years allocation data, catchment maps and links to school admission policies on our ‘find more information about a school’ page on the Leeds Admission website  


You can find on the website

  • an address lookup tool - for families to check if their address has any priority, but not all addresses will have such priority     
  • the link to the online application form 


Reminder for parents:

 Leeds Admissions state to all parents:

  • use all 5 preferences, using only use 1 or 2 preferences decreases the chances of being offered a place at a preferred school;
  • 1st preference first isn’t allowed, - schools don’t know the preference order families provide;
  • any supplementary information needs to be provided by the closing date (this applies if a child is previously looked after, is seeking admission under exceptional needs or if a family wish to apply for their child to be admitted out of chronological age group)
  • use the child’s actual permanent address. Using that of a friend, relatives, childminder or renting a property to gain a school place are all considered fraud and places can be withdrawn.