Knayton C of E Primary Academy

Proud to be part of Elevate Multi Academy Trust

Stockton Road, Knayton, Thirsk, YO7 4AN

01845 537291

Executive Headteacher: Mrs A Clay


Children are required to attend school from the start of the term following their fourth birthday. All of our new starters begin school in the September following their fourth birthday. After Christmas we begin our transition programme. This includes opportunities for the children to visit school, school staff visiting children in their nursery settings, home visits and parent information evenings. We have full week of transition in July where all of the children have the opportunity to come to school for the week and experience all aspects of school life. We have found that by investing in the transition process in the Summer term, children are ready and well-prepared to start school in September. 


Admission applications are made to North Yorkshire Council who then allocate places and advise school and parents in the April prior to starting school. 

If you are considering taking a school place at Knayton, you are warmly invited to visit us, meet the team and see our unique approach to learning.  Please call our school office to make an appointment on 01845 537291 or e-mail us at:

To find out more or to make an application please visit the North Yorkshire Council Admissions Page



Applying for an in-year place

An in-year application can be made at any time of the year. You can only apply up to a term in advance of the date you want the school place. The online form will only allow you to apply for the year group your child should be in according to your child's date of birth.

North Yorkshire will start working on applications around six weeks prior to your requested start date and our aim to process applications within 20 school days after that. However, if you apply very early, this may not apply as we can only start processing applications towards the end of term, as follows:

Date child will join the school

Earliest application should be submitted

Applications will be processed from:

January to March

1 September onwards

1 November onwards

April to July

1 January onwards

1 March onwards

September to December

1 June onwards

1 June onwards


Elevate Admissions Arrangements for 2024-2025


The Trustees of Elevate Multi Academy Trust have determined the admission arrangements for 2024-2025.


These arrangements apply to the following Academies for whom Elevate Multi Academy Trust is the admissions authority:


Admissions for Elevate’s Academies are managed by North Yorkshire Council and Leeds City Council.


Letter from North Yorkshire County Council regarding Reception Class new starters for September 2024


Applications can be made on line.

Further information on this process can be found on: - admissions


Admissions Appeals Timetable

Currently North Yorkshire County Council and Leeds City Council are overseeing

Admissions Appeals for Elevate’s Academies.

Please go to: 

              –admissions -appeals