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Each year, Driffield School has 336 places available to new Year 7 students. These are allocated in line with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s co-ordinated admission scheme.

There are two different types of admissions – those to start school at the ‘normal’ time for the start of the Year 7, and those for places in other year groups or at any other time – these are called ‘in-year’ applications for school places.  In-year applications are made for example when a child is already attending one school and the parent/carers wish to move their child from one school to another, and when a family moves to a different area and needs a new school place for their child(ren).

Whilst the admission authority for our school is the academy, admissions applications are co-ordinated by the Local Authority, East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

If you would like to visit the school when considering making an application, please call 01377 253631 to arrange a visit.

How do I apply for a ‘normal’ school place for my child?

Applications to start our school for the first time, for the start of Year 7 should be made direct to the Local Authority in which you live by the deadline for applications.  Late applications will be considered after those submitted by the deadline, often when there are no places available so it is important that you apply on-time.  If you live in East Riding of Yorkshire Council area, then you can find more information about ‘normal’ admissions processes, deadlines, details of the appeal process and other information at www.eastriding.gov.uk/apply-for-a-school-place.  If you live outside the East Riding, you should apply to your ‘home’ Local Authority and not East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

There is no supplementary information form when applying for a place at our school.

Applications for Year 7 entry should be made through the local authority responsible for the area where you live, even if you want a place for your child at a school in another local authority’s area.

Places are prioritised for:

  • Children who live in the school’s designated catchment area
  • Children who have a sibling attending the school in Years 7, 8, 9 or 10
  • Children who have attended the school’s named feeder primary schools since the beginning of Year 3
  • Children who live closest to the school

To view the arrangements for Driffield School & Sixth Form’s 2022-23 admission criteria, please click here.

To find out more about the East Riding Of Yorkshire Council’s co-ordinated admission Scheme, please use the links below:

ERYC – Co-Ordinated Admissions Scheme Information

Published Admission Numbers 2021-22

Sixth Form Admission Arrangements 2021-22


How do I apply for an ‘in-year’ school place for my child?

Our in-year admission arrangements apply when a child is already attending another secondary school and parents want to move their child to Driffield School and Sixth Form.

Although we are an academy trust school, and the admissions authority for the school is the academy trust we have formally requested that applications for school places are made through the local authority’s co-ordinated admissions scheme for in-year applications.  Applications to start our school in-year should be made direct to the Local Authority no earlier than one term before the place is required, and it is recommended that you apply no later than a period of twenty school days, that is four weeks in term time, before you wish for the place to be available for your child.  Applications are considered in the order that they have been received, for example if there is one space available in a year group, the parent/carer who applied for their place first will likely be allocated the place for their child.  Proof of residence may be required before places can be allocated, and the school fully adheres to the East Riding Fair Access Protocol.  Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application as soon as is possible, though this is commonly ten school days after an application has been received, but may be later in certain circumstances.

If you live in East Riding of Yorkshire Council area, then you can find more information about ‘In-year’ admissions processes, and details of the co-ordinated admissions scheme at www.eastriding.gov.uk/school-admissions where you can also find and download an application form along with details of how to appeal for a school place where you have been refused.  If you live outside the East Riding, you should apply to your ‘home’ Local Authority and not East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

There is no supplementary information form when applying for a place at our school.

Applications should be made to the Local Authority responsible for the area you live. More information is available on the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s website (for parents living within the East Riding). The council will ask you to complete and submit an In-Year Application Form.

In-Year Admission Arrangements 2021-22


Who makes decisions on school admissions applications?

As we are an academy trust school, the admissions authority for the school is the academy trust.  It is the admission authority, and not the Local Authority who determines whether there is an available place based upon the capacity of the class/year group and the number of pupils already on roll.

Who should I contact with queries on school admissions?

You can contact the East Riding School Admissions Team by email at schooladmissions@eastriding.gov.uk, by writing to School Admissions Team, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, County Hall, Beverley, HU17 9BA.  You can also call 01482 392100 in school hours.