Archbishop Holgate’s is an extremely popular school and one that takes students from a wide geographical area both in York and beyond. Last year our intake included young people from 33 different primary schools, some deep in the East Riding. We have 30% Foundation places and 70% community places. Last year the community places stretched 15 miles.  The school’s full Admissions Policy is available on the school’s website:

How do I enrol my child at Archbishop Holgate's?

If your child is at a York primary school:

Request a place at Archbishop Holgate's via the City of York Council Common Application Form (  The form should be returned to the City Council on line. It is important that you express a preference for Archbishop Holgate's on this form, and that you return the form by 31 October. You will hear in March which secondary school is offering your child a place.

If you are applying for a Foundation place, you will also need to complete additional forms - Application for a Foundation Place and a Church Leader’s Reference Form.  Details of the criteria for Foundation places are set out in the school's Admissions Policy below and on the website. Extra copies of all these documents can be obtained from the school. Please return Foundation application and reference forms directly to the Admissions Secretary at Archbishop Holgate's, by 31 October. For a Community place you need to take no further action.

If your child is at a primary school outside York:

The application procedure is as above.

If your child is at another secondary school, or if you are moving into the area:

Please contact School Services, City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA; Tel: 01904 551554; Email:

Well over half our students come to Archbishop Holgate's from outside the school's designated catchment area, and their applications are warmly welcomed. Foundation places are offered on faith grounds to members of Christian churches and other major world faiths. Community places are offered to those seeking a school with a Christian tradition, with priority first to siblings, second to students living in the area normally served by the school, third to those with the closest safe walking route. As part of enrolment, students complete an Admission Form. Students and parents also sign an Acceptance Form, based on the school's aims, and marking the beginning of a partnership between home and school.

Admissions checklist

  1. Find out about the school - from the Prospectus; from visiting the school on our Open Evening in October; from this website; or from personal contact. Decide whether you can commit to the aims, values and ethos of this Church of England Voluntary Aided School.
  2. Find out about the school's admissions procedure - see especially pages 1 and 2 for specific criteria. It should be noted that for September 2018 the number of places available for admission into Year 7 is 243 (30% Foundation and 70% Community places).
  3. Find out about the Local Authority's admissions procedure - from A Guide to Parents (City of York Council) or Secondary School Admissions (East Riding of Yorkshire Council).
  4. Complete an Archbishop Holgate's School Application Form - On-line application is not possible. Forms are obtainable from the school and are returned direct to the school. Application forms must reach the school's Admissions Secretary by the last day of December.
  5. Inform the Local Authority - Complete and return the Common Application Form for your Local Authority. Instructions are  issued by the LA. Forms are returned to the LA.

If you need further information - please be in touch with the Admissions Secretary, Mrs Sissons. She will be pleased to answer any questions you may have and will do all she can to help

Admissions - key dates

date to be confirmed - This is the date of Archbishop Holgate's School Open Evening which starts at 7.00pm. Parents travelling by car are encouraged to aim to arrive by 6.45pm to give ample time for parking. The evening is always tremendously busy.

31 October  - Latest date for parents to complete the secondary school choice preference sheet for their Local Authority.  Foundation application forms (with reference form where appropriate) are sent directly to the Admissions Secretary, Archbishop Holgate's School.

Beginning of March - Parents are informed about secondary school allocations.

 If you need help or advice...

Information about admissions in York is available from School Services, City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA; Tel: 01904 551554; Email:  Alternatively, please ring our Admissions Secretary (01904 411341), who will be very happy to explain the procedures to you.

Although the information on this website is correct at the time of posting this information is continually being updated. Parents seeking up-to-date information on particular points are asked to check with the school. Meanwhile we will keep parents informed of new developments. We aim at all times to work closely with parents in providing the best possible education and opportunities for the students of Archbishop Holgate's School.

Admission arrangements for 2019-20 entry

Between 16 October and 1 December 2017 all admissions authorities for schools in York jointly conducted a consultation on admission arrangements for the admissions rounds for entry in September 2019.

The closing date for comments was 1 December 2017. After considering any comments received, the MAT Board, in its role as an admission authority, then formally set (‘determined’) these arrangements on 1 February 2018.

Any objections to our arrangements may be made by parents/others to the Schools Adjudicator by the 15 May 2018. All objections must be received by the adjudicator on or before 15 May 2018, at: The Office of the Schools Adjudicator Mowden Hall, Staindrop Road, Darlington, DL3 9BG Tel: 0870 0012468 Fax: 01325 391313

Please follow the links below to view our Admissions Policies. Our published admission number for Year 7 is 270.

You can also find more documents on the LA website at

Archbishop Holgate's School Admissions Policy 2019-20

Archbishop Holgate's Sixth Form Admissions Policy 2019-20


If you have been refused a school place for your child, you can appeal for a school place.  Please contact School Services, City of York Council to seek advice and discuss options, including your right of appeal, the type of appeal, and when appeals are held.  They will forward appeal forms appropriate to the school and year group you are appealing for.  You have the right to ten days’ notice before an appeal is held, and will have the opportunity to attend the appeal hearing should you wish to.  You will also receive paperwork relevant to your child's case before your appeal hearing.

Contact:  School Services, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA


Telephone:  01904 551554


Up arrow
Scroll up