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Admissions & Appeals

National Offer Day 1st March 2024 If your child is offered a place in September for Year 7 at Cockburn School:

On receipt of your offer letter/e-mail you should click the link below to complete our online acceptance form to secure your place. You will need to either accept or decline your place and provide some details about yourself and your child.

If you intend to accept the place offered for your child, please ensure that you complete the linked form as soon as possible to ensure that their place is secure. Please be aware that the form will take 10-15 minutes to complete in full.


A member of our Transition Team will visit your child at their primary school prior to our Transition Evening. You will be invited, by letter, to the Transition Evening on Wednesday 10th July where you and your child will receive support and guidance to ensure you are prepared for the exciting step of joining Cockburn School in September. There will also be a new area on this website for transition that will go live in the summer term.

Info from Leeds City Council: https://www.leeds.gov.uk/schools-and-education/school-admissions/offer-day-and-what-happens-next

Below is information regarding the application process for parents/carers for a Year 7 place in September 2024


Admissions and Appeals at Cockburn School

Admissions Policy 2023-24Leeds City Council Secondary School Admissions website.


Cockburn School is an academy converter. It is part of the Cockburn Multi-academy Trust.

The Governing Body will act as the Admission Authority for the school as part of the coordinated scheme with Leeds Education Authority. Following due consultation in accordance with the national School Admissions Code the Governing Body has agreed the following Admissions Policy for the academic year 2023-24.

Parents and carers of children in Year 6 must apply for a place in the school using the Common Preference Form which must be completed and returned as specified on the form. Alternatively, parents and carers may apply directly to Leeds Education Authority online. Only under exceptional circumstances will late applications be accepted – until 1st December. Applications received after this date will only be considered after those applications which have been submitted on time.

Parents and carers living within the boundaries of different education authorities may still choose Cockburn School as a preferred secondary school but must complete the preference form provided by their Local Authority which will then pass on the information to Leeds Education Authority.

Cockburn School has 240 places available for Year 7 in September 2023.

This year, in line with our Specialist Status in the Performing Arts, we will be taking 10% of our new Year 7 after an audition process for Year 6 pupils who are talented and enthusiastic about Drama, Dance and Music. 

Admissions for Talented Students in the Performing Arts

Children with an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) will be admitted to the school named in their plan.

Allocation of Places

If the number of applications does not exceed the number of places available, all applicants will be granted a place at the school. If there are more applications than available places (oversubscription), the following oversubscription criteria will be used to allocate places:

Priority 1

Children in public care or fostered under an arrangement made by the local authority, special guardianship order or children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted or become subject to a Child Arrangements Order or Special Guardianship Order (See Note 1)

Priority 2

Children who show a particular aptitude (ie: potential) for one or more of the Performing Arts – music, dance and drama (up to 10% of the intake number by audition). Parents/carers will have to complete a supplementary form and your child(ren) go through an audition process. Children not demonstrating aptitude will be considered under our other oversubscription criteria for a place at Cockburn School (please see our website for full details and supplementary form for completion)

Priority 3

Children with brothers or sisters who are attending the school at the time the application is received and are living at the same address (See Note 3)

Priority 4

Children for whom Cockburn School is the nearest high school. (See Notes 4, 5 and 6)

Priority 5

Any other children

Tie Break

Within each criterion, if there is oversubscription, remaining places available will be allocated according to  distance. Children living closest to the school will, therefore, be allocated a place before those who live further away. (See Notes 4 and 5)

Notification and Acceptance of Places

In accordance with the coordinated Admissions Policy on 1st March Leeds City Council Children’s Services will make the formal offer of a place to parents and carers on behalf of the Governing Body of the school. Parents and carers must contact the school to confirm acceptance of the offered place by the published date. This will in no way affect the rights of parents and carers to appeal for a place at another school.

Appeals procedure

Parents and carers who want to appeal against the governors’ decision not to offer their child a place at the school must appeal directly to the authority. Appeals should be addressed in writing to the authority within 20 days of receiving the decision letter from Leeds Children’s Services. The envelope should be clearly marked ‘Admission Appeal’. The appeal will be heard by an independent appeals panel. Parents and carers will receive notification of the date and time of their appeal hearing, which they can attend to explain their case. If they wish, parents and carers may be accompanied by an adviser or a friend. Following the appeal the Clerk to the Appeals Panel will write to parents and carers with the decision.

Admissions Policy 2024-25

Admissions Policy 2025-26

Appeals 2024

If the Governors have not been able to meet your preference for a place at this academy for Year 7 September 2024, you can appeal against the decision to an independent appeals panel.

You will need to put your appeal in writing and send this by 28th March 2024 to:
The Admissions Team, Floor 10 West, 110 Merrion Centre, Leeds LS2 8DT.

Appeals submitted by this date will be heard within 40 school days.

Appeals submitted after these dates will be heard within 40 school days from the date when the appeal is received by the Clerk where possible this may not be before the end of the academic year.

You will receive at least 10 school days notice of your appeal hearing.

The Governance Services Section of Leeds City Council are administering the appeals on our behalf. You must ensure any additional evidence you wish to submit in support of your appeal is received by the Governance Services Section, 4th Floor West Civic Hall Leeds LS1 1UR at least four working days before your appeal.

Appeals against a decision in any other year groups will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being received by the Clerk.

Following the hearing, decision letters will be sent within five school days of the hearing.

School days are term time only and do not include school holidays. If an appeal is submitted in the holidays the school days deadline will not start until the beginning of the next term e.g. an appeal received in July after schools have closed will not be heard until the new academic term,  ‘school days’ will start from when the school re-opens for the academic year 2024.