Admissions Policy and Information
Admission Arrangements for Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Primary School, for all new Reception starters in September 2024.
Your child will require a primary school place in September 2024 if he/she was born between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020.
This is the new policy and SIF for parents to use:
If you are applying for a place at any Catholic Primary School you should complete a separate SIF form and send it back directly to the school. This is in addition to the online Admissions form completed on the Leeds City Council Website. Please contact the school office 0113 2660728 if you are in any doubt.
Leeds City Council Admissions information can be found here:
If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below.
We are an academy school and the admission authority is St Gregory the Great Multi Academy Trust. The school’s admission authority sets the admission policy every year which outlines the oversubscription criteria if there are more applications than places available. The oversubscription criteria gives priority to Catholic applicants however we welcome applications from children of all or no faith.
You can read our school’s admission policies in the sections below at the end of this information:
In order to provide opportunities for parents to get to know our school, we are holding an open day on Wednesday 15th November, from 9.30am-11.30am and look forward to welcoming you then.
How to apply for a September 2024 place
If you are applying for a Reception place for September 2024, all applications are made in advance. Offers are made by local authorities on national offer day.
You must apply to the local authority where you live. If this is Leeds, go to www.leeds.gov.uk/apply. The LA website is a composite prospectus for all Leeds schools and includes information about:
- all of the steps you need to go through to make an application
- the key dates
- a search tool to see if your home address gives any higher priority for admission to any school(s)
- an explanation about how places are offered if there are more applications than spaces (oversubscribed)
- the online application portal - apply online and you’ll be sent your offer by email
- a summary of each school’s individual admission policy criteria
- data about who got a place in the last 3 years - this will help you work out if there is a reasonable chance of your child qualifying for a place.
- Information about applying under specific admission criteria (such as your child being previously looked after). It is really important to ensure you submit all supporting evidence by the deadline to show you meet any such criteria.
If you are applying for admission under our faith criteria, you will need to send to our school (not the local authority) a completed Supplementary Information Form (SIF). Supplementary Information Form We need to receive this by the closing date for Reception applications (15th January).
Please see the Admissions Policy for 2024 for further information on the oversubscription Admissions Policy 2023/24
You also need to make an online application to the local authority asking for a place at our school. If you don’t send the application to the local authority, you won’t have made a valid application for a place at our school.
The council’s social media pages will also tell you about any Q&A sessions where you can ask questions.
You can also see information about our school, including previous admission data, (on our school page) on the Leeds City Council’s website:
The timetable below applies to applications made to Leeds City Council. If you apply to another local authority, they may have different dates.
1 November 2023
Applications open. You can apply online at www.leeds.gov.uk/apply
15 January 2024
National deadline for applying
12 February 2024
Deadline for making changes that will be considered as being on-time by our school
28 February 2024
Final date Leeds City Council uses for adding late applications or receiving change of address evidence.
Any new applications received by Leeds City Council after this date will not be offered a school place until the first round of reallocations in May
19 April 2024
National offer day (first working day after 16 April)
2 May 2024
First cut off for waiting list requests to be submitted to Leeds City Council
16 May 2024
Deadline for accepting offers and first cut-off for appeal forms.
Leeds City Council arranges our appeals. All appeals received by this date will be heard before the summer holiday
May to August 2024
Places are allocated from waiting lists
June to July 2024
Appeals heard by independent appeal panels
Start primary school
If you're moving into Leeds or want to change schools in Leeds, you need to make a school transfer – often called an in-year application.
Moving schools can be a difficult experience for a child. You should always speak to your child's current school before trying to move to see what support they can offer you.
How to apply for an in-year place
We are part of the Leeds central in-year application scheme. This means you can apply for a place online using the Leeds in-year application form at Before you move schools (leeds.gov.uk). You can apply for places at our school and most other Leeds schools at the same time on this form.
If you have moved house, please upload evidence of the house move with the online application. You can find out what you need to provide on the above website.
We have to offer places by applying our admission policy criteria to your child’s application and we will contact you with our decision about offering you a place. We will tell you our decision no later than 15 schools days from when you apply.
Please see Admissions Policy for 2023 for details of the oversubscription criteria Admissions Policy 2023/24
If we cannot offer you a place, we will:
- write to you to explain the reasons;
- explain how you can appeal and
- add your child to our waiting list in case a place becomes free.
Our waiting lists are kept until the end of each school year. You will need to make a new application if you want to be on the waiting list for the following school year.
If you are not offered a place at the school you requested, you will have the right of appeal. The appeal panel is independent of the school and council and the decision is legally binding.
Before you appeal you:
- should accept any place that you have been offered in case your appeal is not successful
- should think about why you are appealing and check if it's likely to be successful
- could read the advice for appealing school places on GOV.UK
- could get independent advice on making an appeal from a charity
Leeds City Council arranges our appeals and you can find the appeal form at School appeals (leeds.gov.uk)
If you are applying for a Reception place for September 2024, you need to submit your appeal form by 16 May 2024 to ensure the appeal will be heard before the summer holidays.
Appeals for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 – these classes are limited to 30 pupils per teacher by law. This means that appeals for these places are less likely to be successful.
If our school refuses your child a place because of this limit and you want to appeal, you will need to make an infant class size appeal. You can see if your reasons are likely to be successful by reading the Department for Education's information about infant class size appeals.
Other appeals - You can appeal because you want your child to attend a particular school. These are successful if the panel agree that the reasons for your appeal outweigh the school's decision not to admit any more children.
Completed appeal forms can either be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to Leeds City Council, PO Box 837, Admissions, Leeds, LS1 9PZ. If you would like a paper copy of the form please contact Leeds City Council’s Admissions Team on 0113 222 4414.