Ashlands Primary School

"Where every child has the chance to shine"


Ashlands is a two form entry state primary school set in the heart of Ilkley. Two form entry means that we have the capacity for 2 classes of 30 in each year group. All admissions, including in year admissions, in the Bradford area are dealt with by the Local Authority.

Schools are unable to offer places even if they have space in year groups as they do not have the complete picture of all applications for places at any given time.

Further information about applying for a place at a primary or secondary school in the Bradford area, can be found at: or

Completed paperwork should be returned to the Admissions Team will liaise with schools as to the availability of places for the appropriate year group. School and parents will be notified if an offer of a place is made and once accepted arrangements can then be made for the admission to take place. The admission criteria used by the LA applies to all children seeking a school place whatever the term of entry. A place offered will be held on condition that it is taken up within the same school term.

All Appeals are dealt with by Bradford Council, further information can be found here

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

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.

If you would like to arrange a visit to look around Ashlands please contact the school office.

To view the school Admission Policy click here

Contact details for Bradford Admissions

You can contact the Admissions team on:

Tel: 01274 439200

Email :

Applying for a place at Ashlands Nursery

Children are able to join Ashlands Nursery from the age of three, normally at the beginning of the term after their third birthday when they are eligible for free early year’s education provision of 15 hours per week.

At Ashlands the 15 statutory hours per week 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.

If you would like to be put on the nursery waiting list please contact the school office. Letters will be sent out 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 in line with the nursery criteria. Please refer to the Nursery Terms and Conditions for further information.

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.