All admissions to school are dealt with by the local authority. Further details can be found at:

Contact details for Bradford Admissions:

Members of the public can come to Margaret McMillan Tower to meet with Admissions staff with an appointment. If you attend without an appointment they cannot guarantee you will be seen and you may be asked to return on another day. You can book an appointment by contacting them on:

Tel: : 01274 439200
Email :

All In-Year Admission requests are co-ordinated by the LA.

An ‘In-Year Common Application Form’ is available from either Ashlands school office or from the Admissions Team:

Margaret McMillan Tower

Princes Way




Alternatively the form can be downloaded from the Bradford School’s Online website: and must be returned to the Admission Team, who will allocate school places based on the criteria of the LA.

The Admission Team will liaise with school as to the availability of places for the appropriate year group and they will inform parents that a place has been offered and arrangements can then be made for the admission to take place.

Children are admitted to Nursery the term after their third birthday and to Reception in the September of the school year in which they reach the age of five. 

 The admission criteria used by the LA applies to all children seeking a school place whatever the term of entry. The place offered will be held on condition that it is taken up within the same school year.

 Children attending the school’s nursery are not guaranteed a place in the Reception class and a separate application must be made.


                      To view Ashlands Admission Policy please click on Policies/Admission Policy.


Applying for a place at Ashlands Nursery.

Children are able to join Ashlands Nursery once they have turned 3. Normally this is the term after their third birthday when they are eligible for free early year’s education provision, which is 15 statutory hours per week. 

At Ashlands this is delivered in the form of 5 sessions of 3 hours in length, either 9.00am – 12.00pm or 12.30pm – 3.30pm. The lunchtime, which is half an hour (12.00 to 12.30), is not statutory nursery education time but is child care time and must be paid for.

Cut off dates for eligibility and free early years education provision are:

Autumn Term: your child must have turned 3 on or by 31st August.

Spring Term: your child must have turned 3 on or by 31st December.

Summer Term: your child must have turned 3 on or by 31st March.

Children are normally admitted at the start of the term unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example the family have moved into the area.

 If you would like to be put on the Nursery Waiting List please contact the school office. Letters will be sent out, by post, during the term before the child is eligible to start to those children on the waiting list. Once the closing date has passed places will be allocated as per the Admissions Policy for Nursery. A full copy of this can be found on the school website under the nursery tab, Policies and Forms.

If we are unable to accommodate your request we will contact you to discuss other options / availability.

Transfer to Secondary School

Children leave Ashlands to transfer to Secondary School at the end of the school year in which they have their eleventh birthday.  There is a good liaison at both Headteacher and Curriculum co-ordinator level between all schools in the Ilkley Partnership of Schools.  Staff work together closely to ensure the transition from Year 6 to Year 7 is as smooth as possible.

During the Autumn Term parents with children in Year 6 are offered the opportunity to visit local Secondary Schools before making their choice.

Bradford Education will send an information booklet ‘Applying to Secondary School’ to all children in Year 6 at the beginning of the Autumn Term. This will give information about how to apply for a place at secondary school. Parents are encouraged to make their application to secondary school online. Where parents cannot make their application on-line they should contact the school office for assistance.

Places are allocated by Bradford Admissions who will write to each parent who has completed an application to inform them of the allocated school place.