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. Our Published Admission Numbers (PAN) for 2022-2023 are 240 in Year 7 and 35 in Year 12, and for 2023-2024 our PAN in Year 7 is 300.

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.

Please see the City of York Council website for further information regarding school admissions and applications, together with details about the appeals process. We also advise you to keep checking on the CYC site to keep updated with key dates throughout the year.

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.

Starting secondary school in September 2024

  • 12th September 2023 – Opening date for applications

  • 31st October 2023 – Deadline for ‘on time’ applications

  • 1st March 2024 –  National Offer Day

  • 12th April 2024 – Deadline for return of appeal forms if appealing

  • May – June 2024 – Admissions appeals heard


*Subject to panel members availability

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.

Click to download this year's guide from the CYC website

The Admission Consultation for admissions in 2025 – 2026 open on Monday 2nd October 2023.


This year’s Admissions Consultation is being jointly held by admissions authorities in the City of York between 2ndOctober and 12th November 2023.  The consultation includes the admission policies and planned number of places available at each school in the year(s) of entry.


All documents can be found in their draft (pre-determined) form at during the consultation period. 


As a school, please can you add the information and links to the Admission Consultation to your school website and any newsletters so that parents/carers and any interested parties may to contribute to the Admission Consultation. Parents and carers are invited to go to and complete the parents, carers and public survey online.


Any comments received regarding a Multi Academy Trust policy will be forwarded to the relevant Trust, who are their own admission authority, to consider within their own admission consultation. Please be aware that if there are no proposed changes an admission authority may not be holding a consultation.


Following the consultation, each admission authority will formally set (‘determine’) their admission arrangements for admission in 2025 – 2026 by 28 February 2024.  Determined policies will be on the City of York Council website by 15 March 2024 after which objections can be raised.


All documents can be found in their draft (pre-determined) form at Determined policies for the 2023-24 and 2024 – 2025 can be found at School admission policies and reports – City of York Council


If you require a paper copy of any document, you can request this from or 01904 551554.

How do I apply?

You will need to apply to your home local authority either online or by completing a paper application form. Your home local authority is the local authority to whom you pay council tax.

For York residents, you can apply online at from 12 September 2022. With an online application you will receive an email confirming submission of your application and the ability to view your application and results online at a later date. Please remember to submit your application by the closing date.

If you have difficulty applying online, you can contact the admissions team on 01904 551 554 and they can talk you through how to apply. If you can’t apply online you can request a paper Secondary Application Form.

You need to ensure that you have applied, either online (and submitted your application), or by returning a Secondary Application Form by the deadline of 31 October 2022.


Admissions Consultations for 2024–2025

City of York Council Consultation

In line with the School Admissions Code 2021, City of York Council holds a coordinated admission consultation on behalf of schools within York and the School Admission Authorities. Where a school is part of a Multi Academy Trust, the Trust is the Admission Authority and not City of York Council. The CYC Admission Consultation for admissions in 2024–2025 begins on Monday 3rd October. Feedback provided, through the admission consultation survey, regarding schools which are part of a Multi Academy Trust, where the Trust is the Admission Authority, will be passed to the Trust to be considered. The consultation includes the admission policies and planned number of places available at each school in the year(s) of entry. All documents can be found in their draft (pre-determined) form during the consultation period at responses which CYC receive as part of their consultation will be forwarded to SYMAT at the end of the consultation for consideration during their consultation and determination process.

South York Multi-Academy Trust Consultation

In addition SYMAT are holding their own consultation in respect to changes in the Year 7 admission policy. Consultation will begin on 24 October 2022, for a period of 6 weeks and will end at 3pm on 12 December 2022.
This letter below together with the draft policy document provides you with some background information, additionally if you have any queries please do email
Click here for further information, on the SYMAT website.

SYMAT Admissions Consultation Letter

Policies for Admissions in 2024 to 2025

The admission policies and PANs for the South York Multi-Academy Trust and for Fulford School Sixth Form can also be found below.

Published Admissions Numbers

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

Published Admission Number



Previously Determined




Fulford School – Year 7300300300
Fulford School – Year 12353535