Due to increasing pupil numbers within the City of York and the subsequent demand on school places especially within the Fulford School catchment area, we would advise parents/carers making in year school applications for Fulford School to request more than one preference school on their application. In recent months, Fulford School have been unable to accept in year school applications, including those made for pupils living within the catchment area, due to pupil numbers already being over the published admission numbers.


Some pupils, including some in the school catchment area, have been refused a place at Fulford School on the grounds that the admission of an additional pupil over those already admitted would prejudice the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources. Any school’s resources, such as teachers and classrooms, have to be used carefully to ensure the best possible standards for education and a safe environment. If no limit were set on the number of pupils that can go to a school each year these standards could not be maintained. Any further admissions would have an adverse impact on the delivery of effective education for all pupils.


South York Multi Academy Trust and City of York Council are continuing to discuss various options available to Fulford School in order to increase the published admission number for admissions to Fulford School and ease the pupil pressures within the school catchment area.

How do I apply for a place at Fulford School for my child?

The South York Multi-Academy Trust is the admissions authority for Fulford School and applications are processed by the admissions team at the City of York Council.  Details of the admissions policies that apply for all York schools can be found here and you can find out more about secondary school applications in York on the City of York Website.  Fulford School’s Policies relating to Admissions can be found on our Policies Page and our Published Admission Numbers (PAN) for 2021-2022 are 240 in Year 7 and 35 in Year 12, subject to the discussions described above.

If your child is moving schools either during the school year or for the start of a new school year, then you will need to make an in-year application. Examples of this include when moving house or requesting to move your child from one school to another within York.


Applications for Year 12 or 13, also known as sixth form, should be made directly to the school – click here to find out more about applying to the sixth form at Fulford School.

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Applying for a place in Year 7 for September 2021?

Parents and carers can make an application for a secondary school place from 12 September 2020 and the national application deadline was 31 October 2020.

Guide for Parents/School Catchment Areas

Please read the Guide for Parents before applying for a school place, it contains key information on school admissions for parents/carers. 

You can also find the Guide to School Catchment Areas online.

Admissions Consultation for 2022-2023


Between 12th October and 29th November 2020 all admissions authorities for schools in York jointly conducted a consultation on admission arrangements for the admissions rounds for entry in September 2022-23. 


SYMAT Admissions Policy for Reception, Junior and Year 7 in 2022-23


The Published Admission Number (PAN) is the number of pupils it is intended to admit into the first year group of school. 

Year 7 Published Admission NumberCurrent (2020/21)Previously Determined (2021/22)Proposed (2022/23))
Fulford School240240300


Y12 External Published Admission NumberCurrent (2020/21)Previously Determined (2021/22)Proposed (2022/23))
Fulford School353535

The views of parent/carers, schools and other interested parties are being sought during this consultation.


To respond, parents/carers can write to us, email  or complete this short survey at


Following the consultation, each admission authority will formally set (‘determine’) their admission arrangements for admission in 2022-2023 by 28 February 2021.  Determined policies will be on the City of York Council website by 15 March 2021 after which objections can be raised.

All documents can be found in their draft (pre-determined) form at

If you would like to contact the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) please email:


Admission Arrangements 2022-23 entry


Between 12th October and 29th November 2020 all admissions authorities for schools in York jointly conducted a consultation on admission arrangements for the admissions rounds for entry in September 2022-23. 


The closing date for comments was 29th November 2020.  After considering any comments received, the South York Multi Academy Trust, in its role as an admission authority, then formally set (‘determined’) these arrangements on 23 February 2021. 


Any objections to our arrangements may be made by parents/others to the Schools Adjudicator by the 15th May 2021.  All objections must be received by the adjudicator on or before 15 May 2021, at: The Office of the Schools Adjudicator Mowden Hall, Staindrop Road, Darlington, DL3 9BG Tel: 0870 0012468 Fax: 01325 391313.


SYMAT Admissions Policy 2022-23