Admissions

Welcome to the admissions area of our academy website.

The following documents are currently available to download:

  1. Academy Prospectus
  2. Admissions Policy 2021
  3. Admissions Policy 2022
  4. Admission Appeals 2022
  5. Admissions Policy 2023
  6. Supplementary Information Form 2023

For any queries regarding admissions or in year transfers, please contact the general office. Please note that application forms for unsuccessful applicants will be retained by the Academy for 2 years.

Admissions Information

We are an academy school and therefore our admission authority is Abbey Multi Academy Trust.

The school’s admission authority sets the admission policy every year. You can read our school’s admission polices below:

  • In-year applications to start at our school between September 2021 and July 2022 – read our 2021/22 policy and SIF
  • Applications for year 7 places in September 2022 – read our 2022/23 policy and SIF
  • Applications for year 7 places in September 2023 – read our 2023/24 policy and SIF (please note that this will be published on our website by no later than 15th March 2022)

How to apply for a September 2022 place

If you are applying for a year 7 place for September 2022, all applications are made in advance. Offers are made by local authorities on national offer day.  

You must apply to the local authority who empties your bins. If this is Leeds, go to www.leeds.gov.uk/apply.

If you are applying for admission under our faith criteria, you will need to send to our school (not the local authority) a completed Supplementary Information Form (SIF). We need to receive this by 31 October 2021.

 

You also need to make an application to the local authority asking for a place at our school. You do this online at the above link.  If you don’t send the application to the local authority, you won’t have made a valid application for a place at our school.

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

We are part of the Leeds coordinated in-year application scheme. This means 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 most other Leeds schools at the same time on this form.

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.

If you are applying for admission under our faith criteria, you will also need to send to our school (not the local authority) a completed Supplementary Information Form (SIF).

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 schools 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.

Appeals

If you are not offered a place at the school you requested, you will have the right of appeal. The appeal panel is independent of the school and council and the decision is legally binding.  

Before you appeal 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

Appeals information and appeal forms can be obtained by contacting the clerk to the independent appeal panel:

  • Admission Appeal Clerk, PO Box 1694, Huddersfield, HD1 9DL
  • Telephone: 07949707868
  • Email: churchschoolappeals@gmail.com

Admissions Post 16 (Going into the Sixth Form)

Abbey Grange sixth form has 25 places available in Year 12 for external applicants, subject to entry requirements being met.

Applicants applying for 3 A Level courses should have at least 5 GCSEs (not including BTEC courses) at grade C or above and at least B in the subjects they wish to do or other related subjects. Applicants applying for 4 A Level courses should have at least 8 GCSEs (not including BTEC courses), all at grade B or above.

External applicants should apply through the Leeds Pathways website, with the log in details provided by their present school.

Open Evening 2021

Open Evening for our Year 7 intake of 2022 will take place on Thursday, 7th October 2021.

We are very excited to be able to open up our academy to parents, carers and children interested in attending in September 2022. We have worked hard to ensure we can provide an opportunity to hear from our Principal, tour the school and speak to some of our amazing staff whilst maintaining levels of social distancing so that everyone can stay safe.

For that reason, we have decided to limit the numbers of people on site during our open evening by allocating tickets to 4 separate sittings. With your ticket, you will be able to listen to a Principal’s Welcome, trial some of our fantastic food and get a small experience of what all our subjects offer and do.

In order to minimise numbers so everyone can feel safe, we are restricting our Open Evening only to those parents and pupils who are currently in Year 6. We are restricting the number of tickets per family to 4 but we do request that only the people who need to attend do so. This means that we can maximise the number of potential Y6 children who can come to visit. It also means that visitors can sit themselves apart in our hall and around the academy.

The four start times for the Principal's Talk are; 5pm, 5:45pm, 6:30pm & 7:15pm.

We would ask all visitors to restrict their visit to one hour (15 minutes for Principal’s Welcome, 45 minutes looking around the academy).

For those who are still anxious about attending a busy event, the Principal’s Welcome will be live streamed along with other videos of the school and pupils. A virtual tour will be part of this package and a range of resources have been created by our Subject Leaders and staff so you can also get this experience from the comfort of your own home.

We hope that this offer means we get the best of both worlds – an opportunity for prospective parents and pupils to get a taste of what we do, and to do this is in a safe way where social distancing can be observed.

We would also like to draw attention to parents and carers of our admissions policy. Abbey Grange Church of England Academy is one of the most popular and oversubscribed schools in Leeds. It is also one of the only Church of England schools in the area and putting the academy as first choice does not guarantee a place.

It is also important to note that attending the Open Evening is not a criteria for admission. The admissions policy is implemented independently by Leeds Authority so attendance (or non-attendance) at Open Evening has no influence on this.

If you would like to attend our Open Evening, please click on the link below to reserve your tickets. Parking on the evening will be on the football field opposite the entrance to the school on Butcher Hill.

Please click here to reserve your ticket.

Hear from one of our students what makes Abbey Grange so special in our "We Are Abbey Grange" poem.