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Shibden Head Primary Academy


Thank you for choosing our school. We are delighted to welcome you to our Shibden Head family. Starting a new school can be daunting and we want to make this transition as easy as possible for you and your child.

We look forward to meeting you and getting to know your children.

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, 

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:

Shibden Head Primary Academy Admissions for Sept 2023

shibden head admissions policy 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.

Please see flyer below if you are interested in applying for a place for September 2023.


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.