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Thornton Dale C of E Primary School

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01751 474 345

Castle Close, Thornton Dale, Pickering. YO18 7TW

Mrs Nikkie Beniams

Be Kind, be brave, believe


There is one admission per academic year in September.  This applies to all children who have their birthday in the coming academic year.  

Parents considering sending their children to the school are encouraged to contact the Headteacher well in advance before the child is due to be admitted.  Formal admission arrangements are through North Yorkshire County Council based in Harrogate. The school is unable to allocate places directly.

For further details on how places are allocated, please see our Admissions Policy for the forthcoming academic year below.  This policy includes details of the criteria applied if an over subscription of Published Admission Numbers occurs. 

Admissions Policy 

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Thornton Dale School also admits pupils from outside its traditional catchment area.  Places are available throughout the school and parents interested should, in the first instance, contact the Headteacher.  At present some pupils are from out of the area.  Transport is provided for pupils from the traditional catchment area outside Thornton Dale.  Pupils admitted from other areas are expected to provide their own transport.

For pupils entering school at any other time to different year groups please contact the Headteacher in the first instance who will decide if the class requested has capacity to admit additional pupils. Our pupil admission number for each year group is 26. Should the school be oversubscribed applications should be made to North Yorkshire County Council Education Office as above who will then follow the admissions policy.

All parents of children entering the school in Reception are required to complete a “School Preference Form” - obtainable via the NYCC website as above.  Parents are required to formally state in which school they wish their child to be educated and then submit this request to the North Yorkshire County Council Area Education Office for consideration.  It should be noted that school cannot give permission for any child to attend. 

Admissions Appeals

For information about the North Yorkshire County Council Admissions Appeals timetable, please go to