Admissions: Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3

We know that most Year 6 students look forward to starting secondary school, although they invariably have many expectations and perhaps a few anxieties. Considerable effort is put into making the process of transfer as smooth and positive as possible. Throughout the year, we run a range of events in collaboration with our primary feeder schools and in the autumn term students in their last year at primary school are invited to spend a day or more with us. They learn to find their way around the buildings, try out school meals, meet other students and experience some secondary school lessons.

An Open Evening is also held in October for Year 6 students and their parents, to enable them to meet the teaching staff, see the facilities we have to offer and ask any questions. During this visit students will have the opportunity to meet their Head of Key Stage and other staff as they walk around the school, visiting the different subject areas, following a brief address from the Headteacher.

The school has close links with all its feeder primary schools and we maintain contact during the year to ensure that all students, some of whom may have learning difficulties, are properly prepared for the transition to high school. Each year Mrs Knight, Assistant Headteacher for SEND and Safeguarding, will visit all the schools along with Miss Bradbury, Head of Key Stage 3, to meet the students who are due to move on.

Other Admissions, including Mid-Year Transfers

We are always happy to meet the parents of any prospective new students at any time during the year. In the case of students who join us part way through their time at secondary school, we particularly want to meet both parents and students before they start with us. This affords the opportunity to look around the school during the working day and to explain what we can offer and to outline our hopes and expectations of students. We hope that these arrangements will not only allow parents and students to make informed choices before admission, but will also help to establish the personal contacts which are so important for a happy and successful education.

The Admitting Authority for Bedale High School is North Yorkshire County Council. They manage the admission process and any application for places must be directed through them. See the link provided below for access to the Local Authority’s web page and for further support and guidance on this process.

Students who live outside the area

Over the last few years we have been able to admit students from outside the area who have applied. Parents living outside the area are advised to contact both the school and County Hall early in the year. The school roll is presently 547 (as of April 2023), though we expect this to increase to approximately 580 in September 2023.

If you wish to contact the school regarding admissions, please contact Mrs Hayes (Student Records & Enrolment) in the first instance: . Should you wish to meet with other key staff such as the Asst Headteacher for SEND and Safeguarding, or our Heads of Key Stage, please contact the School Administrator at to arrange an appointment.

Annual admission limit

Our admission limits from September 2023 are as follows:

140 for Year 7

140 for Year 8

140 for Year 9

140 for Year 10

140 for Year 11

Link to Local Authority Admission Guidance

Admissions Information

For school admissions information and access to an electronic application form, please use this link to visit the .

You can use north Yorkshire County Council interactive maps to find out what catchment area you live in.

For further information please refer to the North Yorkshire admissions policies.


Appendix 1 – admission policy 2022/23 | North Yorkshire Council


Appendix 2 – admissions policy for community and voluntary controlled schools for the school year 2023/24 | North Yorkshire Council


Appendix 2 – North Yorkshire County Council Admissions Policy for community and voluntary controlled schools 2024-2025 | North Yorkshire Council