Apply for a Nursery place

We offer full-time nursery places for children aged 3+. Children can join in September after they turn 3 years old.

Our Admissions policy explains how places are allocated.

Reception through to Year 6

Deadline to apply for a Reception place – 15 January

If you are applying for a a Reception place for September 2022, all applications are made in advance. Offers are made by local authorities on national offer day.  

You must apply to the local authority who empties your bins. If this is Leeds, go to The LA website is a composite prospectus for all Leeds schools and includes information about:   

  • all of the steps you need to go through to make an application 
  • the key dates 
  • a search tool to see if your home address gives any higher priority for admission to any school(s) 
  • an explanation about how places are offered if there are more applications than spaces (oversubscribed) 
  • the online application portal – apply online and you’ll be sent your offer by email 
  • a summary of each school’s individual admission policy criteria 
  • data about who got a place in the last 3 years – this will help you work out if there is a reasonable chance of your child qualifying for a place. 
  • Information about applying under a specific admission criteria (such as your child being previously looked after). It is really important to ensure you submit all supporting evidence by the deadline to show you meet any such criteria.

You can also watch the Leeds City Council school admissions video for more information.

Apply for a reception place (if you have missed the deadline)

The council’s social media pages will also tell you about any Q&A sessions, where you can ask questions. You can also see information about our school, including previous admission data, on our school page on the Leeds City Council’s website

Application timetable  –  The below timetable applies to applications made to Leeds City Council. If you apply to another local authority, they may have different dates  

1 November 2021  Applications open.  You can apply online at  
15 January 2022National deadline for applying 
12 February 2022Deadline for making changes that will be considered as being on-time by our school
28 February 2022Final date Leeds City Council uses for adding late applications or receiving change of address evidence.

Any new applications received by Leeds City Council after this date will not be offered a school place until the first round of reallocations in May 
19 April 2021National offer day (first working day after 16 April)  
2 May 2022First cut off for waiting list requests to be submitted to Leeds City Council 
16 May 2022Deadline for accepting offers and first cut off for appeal forms. Leeds City Council arranges our appeals. All appeals received by this date will be heard before the summer holiday
May to August 2022Places are allocated from waiting lists
June to July 2022Appeals heard by independent appeal panels
September 2022Start primary school

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.

How to apply for an in-year place

We are 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 at Before you move schools (  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 upload evidence of the house move with the online application. You can find out what you need to provide on the above website.   

We have to offer places by applying our admission policy criteria to your child’s application and we will contact you with our decision about offering you a place.  We will tell you our decision no later than 15 schools days from when you apply.    

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. 


Appeals for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2these classes are limited to 30 pupils per teacher by law. This means that appeals for these places are less likely to be successful.  

If our school refuses your child a place because of this limit and you want to appeal, you will need to make an infant class size appeal.  You can see if your reasons are likely to be successful by reading the Department for Education’s information about infant class size appeals.   

Other appeals – You can appeal because you want your child to attend a particular school. These are successful if the panel agree that the reasons for your appeal outweigh the school’s decision not to admit any more children.

Wanting your child to go to a school because you think it is the best one in the area is not likely to convince the panel that your child should get a place there.

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:

Leeds City Council arranges our appeals and you can find the appeal form at School appeals (    

If you are applying for a Reception place for September 2022, you need to submit your appeal form by the above deadline to ensure the appeal will be heard before the summer holidays. 

Move to us from another school

If you want to move school, get in touch and we can help you get started. You can complete this online on your council’s website:

For support with this, please contact the in-year transfer team –

For any questions, get in touch:

Key Dates

For children born between: 1 September 2017 – 31 August 2018

When to apply: 1st September 2021 – 15th January 2022
Find out your school place: 16th April 2022
Start Reception: September 2022

For children born between: 1 September 2018 – 31 August 2019

When to apply: 1st September 2022 – 15th January 2023
Find out your school place: 16th April 2023
Start Reception: September 2023

For children born between: 1 September 2019 – 31 August 2020

When to apply: 1st September 2023 – 15th January 2024
Find out your school place: 16th April 2024
Start Reception: September 2024

Oversubscription Criteria

We admit up to 60 children in Reception each year – this is our PAN (Pupil Admission Number). If fewer than this apply, we offer a place to all applicants.

Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) will be admitted to the school named on their plan. These children are assigned places before the oversubscription criteria is applied.

We follow the Leeds Local Authority oversubscription criteria. This criteria has now been updated to include: “Children who were in state care outside of England and were then adopted”. We will consult on this new criteria in time for our September 2023 intake, so this criteria won’t apply for children starting at our academy in September 2022.

Leeds Local Authority may need evidence that you meet the priority criteria below.

When there’s more applicants than places available

Priority 1

  1. Children in public care or fostered under an arrangement made by the local authority or children previously looked after by a Local Authority
  2. Pupils without an EHC plan, but who have Special Educational Needs, or with exceptional medical or mobility needs – that can only be met at Co-op Academy Oakwood

Priority 2

Children with a sibling who’ll start school at the start of the academic year and are living at the same address

Priority 3

Children who live in the catchment area for Oakwood (as defined by Leeds City Council)

Find your catchment area here –

Priority 4

All other children

Tie Breaks

When there’s more children meeting these priorities than places available, we offer places based on distance. Those living closer to the school will be offered a place (when measured in a straight line)


September 2020 – August 2021 Admissions & Appeals Policy

September 2021 – August 2022 Admissions & Appeals Policy

September 2022 – August 2023 Admissions & Appeals Policy

September 2023 – August 2024 Admissions & Appeals Policy


If you require any help, your local Council website has lots of information about the process. You can also contact us.

Leeds City Council Admissions Website
Leeds City Council Admissions Helpline – 0113 222 4414