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Shibden Head Primary Academy

Admissions Policy

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

 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.


Consultation on admission arrangements

This year we are going to consultation. Please see our draft admissions policy below:

shibden head admissions policy consultation.pdf


 Notice of Consultation:

shibden head primary academy consultation.pdf



Starting school for the first time

Please see admission arrangements below:

Shibden Head Primary Academy Admissions for Academic Year 2023-24 (from Sept 2023) - see below

admissions arrangements for academic year 2023 24 from september 2023 checked by bradford amended november 2022.pdf


admissions arrangements for academic year 2024 25 from september 2024.pdf


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.

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. Part 1 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.