We are a very popular school for pupils both within and outside of our catchment area. Many families and parents choose Rufforth as their first preference choice because they are keen for their child to experience a tailored, nurturing small school environment in which our pupils are proven to excel.

We are proud of our achievements, successes and our wonderful children and families and would actively encourage any parents interested in joining our school to arrange a visit with Miss Richards, the headteacher.

Due to high demand, first preference choices for Rufforth School will have a stronger chance of securing a place, so we encourage parents keen on gaining a place to select us as a first choice. Our pupils come from Rufforth village and further afield. Within our current Reception class, 64% of children live outside of the catchment area so please do not let your location discourage you from applying.

If would like to arrange a date to look around please contact Mrs Walton either emailing office@rufforth.pmat.academy or calling 01904 806222.

In-year applications

Rufforth Primary School participates in the Local Authority’s Co-ordinated Admission Scheme for in-year admissions. If parents/carers wish to apply for a school place, applications can be made at https://www.york.gov.uk/SchoolAdmissions via the ParentPortal. The Local Authority will confirm the outcome of the application in writing within 15 school days. If the application is refused, the Local Authority will advise on the statutory appeal procedure. Details of the Co-ordinated Admission Scheme and how in-year applications are managed are available at https://www.york.gov.uk/SchoolAdmissions.

Admissions Policy for 2023-24 Entry

Pathfinder Reception Admissions Policy 2023-24

Admissions Policy for 2023-24 Entry

For children starting school in September 2024, the following policy applies to all admissions:

Pathfinder Reception Admissions Policy 2024-25

Admissions Arrangements for 2025-26 Entry

Inline with the School Admissions Code 2021, we participate in the City of York Council coordinated admission consultation. The consultation took place between 2 October and 12 November 2023. The consultation has now closed. During the consultation period, the draft admissions policies, published admission numbers and related documents for Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust’s schools advise how admissions applications and decisions will be made for the 2025 to 2026 school year. Any feedback from the consultation will be considered by the Trust as the Admission Authority.

The admission arrangements for 2025-26 were formally determined by the Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust Board in February 2024. A copy of the admissions policy for Rufforth Primary School can be found below:

Pathfinder Reception Admissions Policy 2025-26

School Admissions Key Dates

Starting primary school in September 2024

  • 12 September 2023 – opening date for applications
  • 15 January 2024 – deadline for ‘on time’ applications
  • 16 April 2024 – National Offer Day
  • 17 May 2024 – deadline for return of appeal forms if appealing
  • June – July 2024 – admission appeals held*

*Subject to panel members availability