Published Admission Number
The admission limit for pupils into Rossett School is fixed at 235 students per year.
Making an application: the catchment area
There is a large “catchment area” which is the normal area from which students would attend the Harrogate secondary schools. It is made up of 2 separate zones, the Harrogate Town Zone and the Harrogate Rural Zone. They are represented on a NYCC map as a green area (Town Zone) within a blue area (Rural Zone).
For a map of the catchment area click here.
The Rural Zone boundary runs west along the River Wharfe (North Yorkshire county boundary) from just west of Collingham to Addingham then north east passing through Blubberhouses, Darley and Shaw Mills to Bishop Thornton. It heads back towards Harrogate to include Ripley and Killinghall before crossing between Harrogate and Knaresborough to head south to Spofforth and to where it began, west of Collingham, again.
The Town Zone is within the Rural Zone and is largely Harrogate town centre and immediate “suburbs”. In the south it includes Pannal and Burnbridge, the boundary heading north west includes the Army Apprentices College. The boundary then heads north east and skirts Jennyfields and Bilton, including both, to follow the River Nidd before heading due south to Forest Lane Head and then south west back to Pannal. All the major urban areas of the town are included.
Out of Area Pupils
Parents who live outside the areas listed above may also apply for entry to Rossett School. These applications will be considered if places are available after all catchment area applications have been considered.
All queries regarding transport are dealt with by Integrated Passenger Transport:
Contact telephone: 0845 8727374
Admissions arrangements for Year 7
This information was correct at the time of issue but does not take account of further applications or appeals after May 2015
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA FOR ROSSETT SCHOOL – 2015/2016
Children with a statement of special educational need naming that school will be allocated a place in line with section 324 of the Education Act 1996
Children and young people in public care for whom the school has been expressed as a preference
Children the Authority believes have special social or medical reasons for admission
Children living in the Harrogate rural zone and Harrogate town zone
Children living outside the Harrogate rural and Harrogate town zones
If there are not enough places for all children in Priority 3 at Rossett School, Harrogate places will be allocated on the following basis:
Once places have been allocated to those with a statement of special education need and those in priority groups 1 and 2, the remaining places will be allocated on the basis of 21% of places being available to children living in the Harrogate rural zone and 79% of places being available to children living in the Harrogate town zone.
Unallocated places in either of the Priority 3 zones would be assigned to the other zone before giving priority to children from outside the Harrogate zones.
If there are not enough places for all of the children in one of these priority groups we will give priority first to those with a sibling at the school in September 2017.
Within Priority 3, town children with a sibling will have highest priority for town places and rural children with a sibling will have highest priority for rural places.
If, within each zone there are not enough places for all those with a sibling at the school in September 2017, we will give priority within that zone to those children living nearest the school.
All distance measurements are based on the nearest route recognised by North Yorkshire County Council’s electronic mapping system from a child’s home address to school. The measurement is made from a fixed point within the dwelling, as identified by Ordnance Survey, to the nearest school entrance using footpaths and roads. The routes measured to determine the allocation of school places will be those recognised by the electronic mapping system used by the NYCC school admissions team.
Priority will then be given within each zone to Priority 3 children without a sibling at the school but who live nearest to the school.
If, within Priority 4, there are not enough places for all those with a sibling at the school in September 2017, we will give priority to those children living nearest the school. Priority will then be given to Priority 4 children without a sibling at the school but who live nearest to the school.
Please click here to download a copy of the proposed Admissions Arrangements for 2016-2017.
Please click here to download a copy of the proposed Admissions Arrangements for 2017-2018.