Admission to the Academy

The academy has an agreed Admission Policy which complies with the law on admissions.

The academy follows the procedures established through the Bradford Local Authority (LA) admissions policy, details of which are available from the LA education website, Bradford Schools Online (

Bradford Council Admission Arrangements Primary 2020-21

Applying for a primary school booklet

Queries regarding admissions can be made to the LA admissions team by telephone (01274 439200) or email (

Once your child has been allocated a place at Shibden Head, we require parents to fill in the Admissions Form – click link below.

Admission Form

Consultation on admission arrangements 

In 2018, we consulted on our admission arrangements in line with the requirement to do so every seven years.  Please see admission arrangements below:

Admissions arrangements for September 2019

Admissions arrangements for September 2020

The next consultation for admission arrangements will be due in Autumn Term 2023.

Starting school for the first time

Children starting school for the first time are admitted during the school year in which their fifth birthday falls. Children must have their fifth birthday between 1st September and 31st August (inclusive) of the year in which they begin school.

Parents/carers considering sending their children to Shibden Head should contact the office to register their child’s details. Please note that this does not guarantee a place at Shibden Head – the LA application procedures must still be followed. Prior to completing the LA application, parents are invited to visit the school in order to help decide on preferences as part of the application process.

Parents will receive a letter in March / April offering a school place to their child. Shibden Head has space for 60 pupils. In the case of over-subscription, the admissions criteria will be applied by the LA. Details of the appeals process will be sent to any families who have been unsuccessful in securing a place at their preferred school for their child.

In-year admissions

The LA also coordinates admissions for other year groups. In-year common application forms are available from Bradford schools to request a transfer. Part1 should be completed by a parent/carer and Part 2 is then completed by the child’s current school. Please ask at the school office or contact the LA admissions team for further details.