School & Nursery Admissions

For more information on applying for a primary school place, please follow the link to the City of York LA website where you will find details on how the application process works. 

If you are interested in visiting Knavesmire, please look at the school calendar for details of the next open day which is usually held in October or November.  If you wish to arrange a visit, please contact us .


The school’s current admission arrangements adhere to the published criteria specified by the City of York Council. We also follow their guidance in accepting into our school, those pupils from the local area who have profound and complex disabilities. Our current admission limit is 60 per year group, which is split between 2 classes.

For more information on applying for a primary school place, please follow the link to the City of York LA website.

In October/November we hold an open afternoon for prospective parents and children to attend. There is no need to book an appointment, just turn up. You will be given a tour of the school by our Year 6 children, and there will be an opportunity to meet the head, some staff and other parents to discuss any queries. 


Admission Arrangements 2019/20 entry

This year's Admissions Consultation is being jointly held by all admissions authorities in the City of York between 08 October and 07 December 2018.  The consultation includes the admissions policies and planned number of places available at each school in the year(s) of entry.  The views of parent/carers, schools and other interested parties are being sought during this consultation.
To respond, you can write to us, email  or complete this short survey at 

Following the consultation, each admission authority will formally set ('determine') their admission arrangements for admission in 2020/21 by 28 February 2019.  Determined policies will be on all admissions authorities own websites by 15 March 2019 after which objections can be raised.

Please follow the link below to view our Admissions Policy.  Our published admission number for Reception is 60.
You can also find more documents on the LA website at




Children are admitted to Nursery in the term following their third birthday.  Sessions are allocated in date of birth order to ensure a fair and consistent approach. 

Every child is entitled to 15 hours free nursery school education and if you meet the extended free childcare entitlement criteria, you may be able to receive a further 15 hours free nursery school education.  For more information on Government Funding for childcare please click here.

Session times are as follows:

  • Morning session - 9.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.
    Afternoon session - 12.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m.

You can find out information about the nursery in the KPS Nursery Booklet and if you would like to apply for a place, please fill out the KPS Nursery Application Form.

Once received, your application will be placed the waiting list and you will be contacted when a place becomes available in line with the KPS Nursery Admissions Policy  

If you would like to look around Knavesmire Nursery, please check the online calendar for details of the next open afternoon. 

Due to the high number of applications received, we will only contact you when a place becomes available, not to confirm receipt of your application form.

  • Please note that the Nursery and Reception class admission procedures are entirely different and that the allocation of a place in the Nursery does not in any way influence the allocation of places into Reception class.