Admission Arrangements

Why Naburn?

Image of children working at a table. Accompanying text reads: Naburn Church of England Primary School. What we offer: small class sizzes, personalised approach to learning, rural setting with easy access to York city centre, enthusiastic staff with strong family values, after school club with exciting adventures, cinsistently strong academic results, overwhelmingly positive feedback from parents. Come to an open morning or get in touch to book a tour! We are really looking forward to showingyou around our AMAZING and unique school. See our website for upcoming open morning dates.

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  • Naburn really is a small school with big ideas!
  • We are proud of our test results, but also our broad curriculum too, especially our music, PE and art
  • We have an After School Club, run by school, on site
  • We have a ‘future forest’ where exciting outdoor learning takes place
  • We are proud of our lovely old building (built in 1872) and all the history it holds
  • We have small classes, so our teachers know the children really well. In fact we are just like one big, happy family!
  • Situated in the heart of the community, we strongly value our links with the local Church and the wider community
  • Our positive school vision, values and aims are at the heart of all we do

We currently have places available in some year groups, including Reception.  If you would like find out more about our fantastic school please contact us.

Will your child start reception in September 2023?

You should apply for your child to start primary or infant school in the school year your child turns 4 so if your child is 4 (or will have their 4th birthday by the end of August!) you should make sure you have applied for a place in Reception! For entry in the September 2023 school year, children will have been born between 1st September 2018 and 31st August 2019. Please see the video below from CYC about the application process and do get in touch if you would like to have a tour and find out more about us!

How to apply

Admissions to Naburn Primary School are dealt with by the admissions team at the City of York, as the admissions authority for our school.

  • Details of all admissions policies that apply in the City of York can be found here
  • The City of York Council Policy for Admission to Reception in Community and Voluntary Controlled Primary and Infant School in September 2023 can be downloaded here
  • The City of York Council Admissions Policy for the current year, 2022-23, can be downloaded here
  • For information on requesting a place in year groups other than Reception please see the admissions team page about “in-year applications”

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If you have any queries about the admissions policy or process you can call 01904 551554 or email Further information about school admissions are also available on the City of York website together with details about the appeals process.

Please read the Guide for Parents when applying for a school place, as it contains key information on school admissions.  Please note that we anticipate an updated 2020 Guide for Parents will be published by City of York council soon.  You can also find the Guide to School Catchment Areas online.  We also advise you to keep checking on the City of York Council Admissions site to keep updated with key dates throughout the year.


If you can’t apply online you can request a paper Primary Application Form by calling 01904 551 554. Forms are also distributed to primary schools and nurseries in the York area.

Please note that applying early does not give any priority, although to have the best chance of your application being successful you should complete and submit your application by the deadline which was the 15th January 2023.

Late applications can still be made after this date.

Key Dates for the City of York Council Admissions Process for Reception 2023
  • 12th September 2022 – opening date for applications
  • 15th Jan 2023 – Deadline for “on-time” applications
  • 16th April 2023 or the next working day – National Offer Day
  • 21st May 2023 – Appeal forms to be returned
  • June-July 2023 – Admission appeals heard
  • September 2023 – Applications for the 2024 entry into Reception expected to open

Click here for information about the Coordinated Admission Consultation for 2024-2025 school year – this Consultation was jointly held by admissions authorities in the City of York between 3rd October and 13th November 2022.