Presentation from the Phonics and Reading Meeting for Families 20/9/23

Thank you to everyone who attended the EYFS and Year 1 Reading Meeting on Wednesday 20th September. Thank you also to Mrs Burton for preparing such a comprehensive session that covered so many aspects of the Reading Curriculum for these year groups along with advice and approaches to how parents can best support their child’s reading at home.

Click here for a .pdf version of the presentation that was shared with families at this meeting – or scroll through the slideshow below.

Secondary School Open Evenings and Applications for 2024

Starting Year 7 in September 2024?

You can make your application for a secondary school place from 12th September of the previous year, when your child is in Year 6. The national application deadline is 31st October.

Secondary School Open Evenings

Open Evenings are usually held each autumn for prospective pupils, parents and carers to attend and view schools; the planned dates for the Year 6 open evenings are as follows:

We advise that you check school websites for confirmation of the Open Evening arrangements.

Click to download this year’s guide from the CYC website

Please read the Guide for Parents when applying for a school place, as it contains key information on school admissions.  You can also find the Guide to School Catchment Areas online.  We would advise you to keep checking on the City of York Council Admissions site to keep updated with key dates throughout the year.

Make your application for a secondary school place from 12th September 2023. The national application deadline is 31st October 2024 – please ensure you submit your application by this date. Late applications can be made after 31st October, though these may be looked at after other applications.


If you applied online, your application result will be available online from 10.00am on National Offer Day in March. You’ll require your username and password.

If you didn’t apply online, you’ll receive a letter confirming your application result a few days later.

Supplementary Information Forms

You may also need to provide additional information (such as proof of baptism), or complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) if you’re applying to a school:

  • outside the City of York area, or
  • a faith school, such as your local Church of England or Roman Catholic Primary or Secondary school

Check with the school directly if a SIF is required, but always make your school place application to your home Local Authority.

Key Dates for the CYC 'Secondary Round' Admissions Process
September-October 2023 – Secondary School Engagement Opportunities
12th September 2023 – Applications open
31st October 2023
 – Deadline for applications
1st March 2024 or the next working day – National Offer Day
12th April 2024 – Appeal forms to be returned
May-July 2024 – Admission appeals heard

Starting Reception in September 2024?

You should apply for your child’s place at primary or infant school in the school year your child turns 4 – so if your child was born between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020, it is nearly time to apply a place in Reception for September 2024!

Applications opened from the 12th September. Please note 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 is the 15th January 2024. You can read more about the admissions process here.

Please do get in touch if you would like to have a tour and find out more about us!

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.


News from the Friends of Naburn Primary

We received so many chocolate/sweet donations for the tombola that will take place at the end of year party, next Friday! Thank you to absolutely everyone who contributed.

For the last few weeks we’ve been talking about the ‘break the rules day’, which will happen on the last day of term, (Friday 21 July). I’m now happy to share the rules that the children can break, for the small fee of 20p per rule broken/£1 to break all of the rules. These rules are;

  • School uniform must be worn
  • Hair should be tied back, neat and tidy
  • No nail varnish
  • No fake tattoos
  • You must only drink water
  • No makeup, face paint or glitter

If your child/ren would like to take part in this, please send them to school on Friday, with the appropriate amount of money, according to the rules they are breaking.

To add to the excitement, we are also holding a teddy bear zip line race on the same day. All children should bring in their most ‘athletic’ teddy, which will compete for the title of ‘Naburn’s Fastest Bear’. All teddies will have their details recorded on arrival, (name, age, weight and height checked too) and their harness fitted. They’ll then race against each other, competing for the fastest speed. There’ll be a trip to the tediatrics after the race, to make sure there are no injuries and then they will receive their certificate for taking part. If you can spare some time helping with this event, please let the school office know. We need some help with the check in/weigh in, as well as the tediatrics.

And, the most important date for your diary, the end of year school party! This will be held on Friday 21 July at school, starting at 17:00. We would love to see as many of you there as possible. We’ll have pizza to buy by the slice, and a disco for the children. There will not be a bar at the event, so please remember to bring your own drinks with you. This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to get together, celebrate the end of the school year, as well as the fantastic news that we are joining TEAL, meaning Naburn will live on for years to come, as it rightfully should! Thank you to everyone who has confirmed that they are able to help on the night.

We’re also looking forward to joining in the fun at the Naburn Gala this weekend, Saturday 15 July. We have a stall where we’ll be providing 3 games, pot luck, balance a 20p on a lemon in water and ball bounce. There are all sorts of prizes to be won. We’re also giving people the chance to win big with our map game. This time Mr Green has lost the keys to school and needs help to find them. A grid needs to be selected, for £1 a square. The person who selects the correct part of Naburn, which the key has been dropped in, will be the winner. The winner will receive half of the funds raised and the other half will go back into the Friends of Naburn Funds, to help with future endeavours.

We have also been looking ahead to next year, to see what fantastic events we can organise, not only for the children, but for parents and the local community too. We’re hoping to hold a social event in October, with a live band, quiz and games. As part of this, we would love to run a promise auction, but to do this we need your help. Are you able to offer a service that you would happily provide, free of charge, to raise money for the school? Do you own something that could be loaned out or have expertise in a certain field you could provide to someone? If so, please let us know by contacting the school office. All of the promises that are kindly offered will be auctioned off to the highest bidder at the end of the evening. We’re also looking at running a smaller social during the 1st/2nd week of term, so our new starters can get to know their class mates outside of the classroom. We hope as many current parents and children will be able to come and welcome our new families.

The Friends would like to thank you for your support throughout the year and for getting involved in our activities. We’ve got a tonne of ideas for next year, as well as bringing back popular events, like the All Hallows Eve party. We’re always looking for more ideas though, so please do get in touch if you have any thoughts on events we can run or have any fundraising ideas.

Kind regardsAlexis (Chair of the PTA)