Guiseley School will deal with all admissions enquiries from Years 8 to 13 and in year transfers that happen during Year 7.
In year applications
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. If you think you would like your child to come to Guiseley School but would like to have a look around/speak to someone before committing yourself, please email our Assistant Headteacher, Richard Wood, who will be able to assist: [email protected].
How to apply for an in year place
You can apply for a place directly to the school by completing the transfer form below and returning it to [email protected]. We are also part of the Leeds coordinated in-year application scheme. This means you can apply for a place online using the Leeds in-year application form on the Leeds City Council website. 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 submit evidence of the house move with the online application. You can find out what you need to provide on the above website.
- Applications must be made directly to the school or through the City Council.
- If parent/carers wish to talk through their application before making it then they should contact the school and ask to speak to the member of staff who has direct responsibility for admissions.
- The school application form (ICPF) can be obtained from the School website, emailing the school or in person from reception.
- Parents are asked to complete all details of the form
- The form should be returned directly to school.
- The school will inform the local authority of the application within 5 working days of receiving it
- The school will notify the parents of the outcome of their application in writing within 15 school days
- Contact with the student’s current school will be made to obtain academic and pastoral information
- If there is space in the Year group then a place will be offered and an appointment set up for parents and the student to meet members of the school staff.
- Based upon the discussion and information from the previous school, the student will be allocated a Form and timetable and a start date will be set as soon as possible
- If the Year group is fully subscribed the student’s application will be placed on a waiting list that is held and maintained by Leeds City Council and parents given the right to appeal. The waiting list will be ordered on the basis of the oversubscription criteria in our determined admission arrangements (outlined below)
- If a place later becomes available in that Year group a place will be offered to the student at the top of the waiting list.
If the year group you are applying to is oversubscribed, the following criteria shall apply:
Priority 1: Exceptional need
- Children in public care or fostered under an arrangement made by the local authority This includes all previously looked after children, including those children who appear (to the admission authority) to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.
- Pupils without an EHCP but who have Special Educational Needs, or with exceptional medical or mobility needs, that can only be met at Guiseley School.
Priority 2: Siblings
- Children with older brothers or sisters who will be at school at the start of the academic year and are living at the same address. Siblings refers to brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, foster brother or sister. The definition does not include cousins or other family members sharing a house. This priority will not apply where the older sibling joined the Sixth Form from a different school.
Priority 3: Nearest school
- We will give priority to parents for whom Guiseley School is their nearest school. If we have more applications than there are places, we will offer places first to children living nearest to the school (measured in a straight line).
Priority 4: Other applications by straight line distance
- If none of the other priorities apply, we will then prioritise all other families who preference Guiseley School. If we have more applications than there are places, we will offer places first to children based on straight line distance.
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 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)
Leeds City Council aims to hear all in year transfer appeals within 30 days of your appeal being received. Further information is available on the page above.