Admissions

We are delighted that you are considering sending your child to Morley Victoria Primary School. 

Below are links to the Leeds Admissions Policy for entry into Reception; and to our Nursery Admissions Policy. You can also find advice about applying for Secondary School places.

We have also included some good advice about how to access a place for children in Years 1 to 6. Please read the policies and procedures very carefully. If you would like any help or advice or to look around our school, please contact us to arrange an appointment - our number is 0113 2535253.

 

Entry into Nursery

Here at Morley Victoria we have designed our own Nursery Admissions Policy which is in-line with that of Leeds City Council school admissions procedures.  We will allocate places to families based on this policy. Please contact the school office if you would like to put your name down on our waiting list. We offer both 15 and 30 hour places. In order to claim 30 hours of free child care, we will require a 30 hour code. For more information please go to: https://www.gov.uk/apply-30-hours-free-childcare or the HMRC website to check eligibility or ask to speak to our school Business Manager who will be able to offer advice. We will offer places as early as possible, usually around February/March time to secure places. If your name is on the waiting list, someone will be in touch.

We will arrange for staff to come out to do a home visit so we can get to know you a little better and you will be invited to come for a short 'stay and play' session where you can learn more about what happens in Nursery and the children can have a wonderful time. The more information we have about the children in our care, the better, so please do talk to staff if you have any concerns about your child's development. This will help us to know how we can best cater for their needs.

If your child is classed as having Special Educational Needs, is Looked After or Post Looked After, please do let us know - we would like to offer the best possible care and support to your child and your family.

We are a community school and the admission authority is Leeds City Council, who sets our admission policy every year.

You can read our school's admission Policy at Our school admissions policies - https://www.leeds.gov.uk/schools-and-education/school-admissions/our-school-admissions-policies

How to apply for a September 2022 place

If you are applying for a reception place for September 2022, all application 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 https://www.leeds.gov.uk/schools-and-education/school-admissions/before-you-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 keys dates.
  • a search tool to see if your home address give 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'll 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 really 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 any 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 https://www.leeds.gov.uk/schools-and-education/school-admissions/check-school-details/display-details?schoolid=111

 Application timetable - The timetable below applies to applications made to Leeds City Council.  If you apply to another local authority, they may have different dates:

Admissions Timetable 2021/2022

Opening of secondary school applications

1 August 2021

National closing date for year 7 application

31 October 2021

Deadline for making changes that will be considered as being on time

28 November 20221

Opening of reception and junior application round 

1 November 2021

Final date Leeds City Council uses for adding lade applications or receiving change of address evidence.  Any new applications received after this date will not be offered a school place until first round of reallocations

31 December 2021

National closing date for reception and junior applications

15 January 2022

Deadline for making changes that will be considered as being on time

12 February 2022

Final date that 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

28 February 2022

National offer day for year 7 applications

 

1 March 2022

First cut off for waiting list requests

15 March 2022

Deadline for accepting offers and first cut off for appeal forms.

Leeds City Council arranges our appeals. All appear

29 March 2022

National offer day for reception and junior applications

19 April 2022

First cut off for waiting list requests

2 May 2022

Deadline for accepting offers and first cut off for appeal forms

16 May 2022

Places allocated from waiting lists  

April to August 2022
Any available places allocation from waiting lists May to August 2022
Appeals heard by independent  appeal panels May to July 2022
Appeals heard by independent  appeal panels June to July

In-year applications

If you're moving into Leeds or want to change schools in Leeds, you need to make a school transfer - often called an in-year application.

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.  You can apply for places at our school and any other Leeds schools are 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 and
  • 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 your child is classed as having Special Educational Needs, is Looked After or Post Looked After, please do let us know - we would like to offer the best possible care and support to your child and your family.

Appeals

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 appear you:

  • should accept any place that you have been offered in case your appeal is not successful
  • should think about why you are appealing and check if it's likely to be successful
  • could read the advice for appealing school places on GOV.UK
  • could get independent advice on making an appeal from a charity

Leeds City Council arranges our appeals and you can find the appeal form at School appeals (leeds.gov.uk)

 If you are applying for a reception place for September 2022, 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 infect 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.

Fair Access

If you believe your child is eligible for Fair Access, please let us know. The more detail you put down on the ICPF, the better. There is a separate form to complete if your child meets any of the criteria. The Fair Access Criteria is set out below:

Children from the criminal justice system

 

Children returning from Pupil Referral Units who need support to be reintegrated into mainstream education

 

Children who have been out of education for two months or more

 

Children of Gypsies, Roma, Travellers heritage

 

Children who are refugees and asylum seekers

 

Children who are homeless

 

Children with unsupportive family backgrounds for whom a place has not been sought

 

Children who are carers

 

Children with special educational needs (but without an Education, Health and Care Plan)

 

Children with disabilities or medical conditions

 

Children with less than 85% attendance

Children whose behaviour has resulted in extensive support strategies/personalised intervention being implemented and/or who are at risk of being permanently excluded

Children who have been permanently excluded

Active intensive agency involvement

(Please note that a referral to an agency does not constitute active involvement).

Children returning from Elective Home Education

 

Oversubscription

As the school we were highly oversubscribed on offer day last year.  As a school we have an admission limit of 30 children per class and 78 part time places in the Nursery - this is due to the size of the classrooms, Safeguarding and Health and Safety measures that are in place and to ensure that we do not prejudice the education of our children by having class sizes that are unmanageable. We will admit children over this number at the request of the Local Authority.