Admissions and Open Days
Prospective students and parents/carers looking to join our School from Year 7 can come to visit us.
Every autumn we are delighted that prospective students and their parents/carers join us for our open evening. This is in readiness for the application deadline with Leeds City Council at the end of October.
At our open evening you will be able to hear from our Headteacher; see science and food technology demonstrations; experience art, I.T. and music workshops; sample food from the diner; tour the school and meet with students and staff.
We hope you can join us to see how wonderful our school is.
Horsforth School regulates its own admissions in accordance with the National Schools Admissions Code and the School Admissions Appeals Code and we coordinate with the Schools Admissions Department of Leeds City Council.
In Year Transfer
If you are wishing to transfer your child to this or another Secondary School, please apply online to Leeds City Council’s Admissions Department.
Leeds City Council Admissions Department handle the Admissions Process from Primary to Secondary School. Visit their website, which includes an outline of the process and key documents mentioned here.
If your child is due to start secondary school in September, you must apply to Leeds City Council for a school place by using the process outlined below. The deadline for applications is 31st October each year. It is important that you submit your application before this date.
If you live in Leeds and have an email address, you must apply online by going to the Leeds City Council website. If you apply online, keep your acknowledgement as proof. If you do not receive an acknowledgement email within 24 hours your application has not been completed successfully. Make sure you click the ‘submit’ button at the end of the form.
You must make your online application before the 31st October.
Any applications received after 31st October may not be considered by Leeds City Council until all applications submitted on time have been dealt with. If you did not apply online before 31st October and you wish your child to start in September email email@example.com or call: 0113 222 4414.
If you do not have access to the internet please contact the Local Authority to request a paper application form on: 0113 222 4414.
Offers of school places will be sent out on 1st March each year.
Confirming Your Place
To confirm your place at Horsforth School, you must contact Horsforth School Admissions Team directly either by post, telephone or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Help and Guidance
Leeds City Council
For assistance with the online application process, please visit the Leeds City Council website or call the Admissions Team on: 0113 222 4414.
Email us at: email@example.com.
The dates stated on this page may change if they fall on a weekend, please see Leeds City Council website for the most up-to-date information.
Year 6 into Year 7 Transition
We know how daunting the move to secondary school can be for both students and parents/carers, so we do lots of work with our Year 6 students to try to make this as smooth and easy as possible.
We have strong links with our primary schools and throughout the year we work closely together to share good practice and link learning from primary to secondary school. Several activities are developed to help bridge the gap between these key phases in students’ learning.
Please also have a read of our general school FAQs here.
Virtual Taster Day Sessions
Sample some taster lessons from various different Curriculum areas to see what lessons at Horsforth School may be like and have a go at some of the tasks! You can do these in any order and you can pick any you like! Your school may give you some time to do these, or you can do them at home, it’s up to you! Watch the Year 7 Leader’s video first then have a look at some of the others. Enjoy! – Miss McFadden
Meet the Year 7 Leaders
Art with Mr Questa
Design and Technology with Mrs Carrara
Drama with Mrs Kendal
Get an old pair of socks at the ready and show the Drama Department what you’ve created!
English with Ms Green
French with Miss Gaubert
Geography with Mrs Collis
History with Mr Davis
Mandarin with Miss Zhang
Expressions of interest have now closed-we are looking at places and will confirm who is able to take part as soon as we have the groups finalised; hopefully next week! You may want to have a go just for fun!
Maths with Mrs Grant
PE Kit Requirements with Mr Fraser
RE with Mrs Gledhill
Science with Mrs Freshwater
Watch the video and have a go at the research project below.
Transition Information and Activities
The move from Year 6 to Year 7 at our school might look a little different this year compared to normal. So every week we’ll share something new with you so you can start to get to know us, we’re a friendly bunch really!
Your First Day
Watch this video to see where you need to go when you arrive with us on your first day here in September.
The Summer Project
Should students wish to complete these, they can hand them in to their tutors in September and prizes will be awarded in the Autumn Term for those showing the most effort.
Meet Your Form Tutors
More people to meet, but these tutors will play a big role in your life as a Year 7 student!
This is probably different to that at your Primary school, here’s what to expect.
Attendance and Punctuality Expectations
Our School Uniform
This video explains a bit more about our uniform and what is required.
To read more detail about our uniform expectations including things like hair, make up and jewellery guidance, you can read our uniform webpage here.
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Q&As with our Student Ambassadors – Session 1
Some of our previous Year 7 students took timeout from home learning during lock down last year to answer some questions they think you might have as a Year 6 student.
Q&As with our Student Ambassadors – Session 2
Here’s some more important questions our Year 7 students answer for you.
Parents and Carers’ Presentation
Hear from our Deputy Headteacher Mrs Nowell about our expectations for our uniform, behaviour and attendance.
Parents and Carers’ Presentation
Listen to Miss McFadden talk about your child’s transition before September, pastoral care, routines, progress and safeguarding.
Here’s our guide for parents and carers of Year 6 students about internet safety and acceptable use.
What Do You Need to Prepare for September?
Here is a checklist we have created which gives you some idea of the things you could start to prepare for your transition to our school.
Headteacher’s Message for Year 6
Who’s Who at our School?
Here’s some familiar faces students will get to know during the transition from Year 6 and beyond. Our leaders will play a big role in the life of our new Year 7 students.
What will Happen Between Now and September?
We are really hopeful that we will be able to meet all parents/carers and students, as we normally would, in a normal year. If things go to plan, here’s what you have to look forward to.
Looking Ahead Evening Presentation
We’re sorry we couldn’t invite you to our school for our Looking Ahead Evening. We wanted to try and share the most important information you would have received on the night. So, we’ve created a video of the presentation which would have taken place.
Year 6 into Year 7 FAQs
How will Horsforth School differ from my primary school?
Our school will be bigger than your primary school with lots more students, but don’t worry, there is a map in the student planner, signage around school and classroom zones to help with this. There will be more teachers, classrooms and new lessons (drama, languages and technology) and clubs to experience. Students will need to be more independent and organised to remember stationery and PE kits, but we will always be here to help and support you as you settle in.
What will my transition timeline from Year 6 to Year 7 look like?
At the end of Year 6, students begin a transition programme of events which help with their move. Information on all of our events is distributed via primary schools once school offers have been made at the beginning of March.
We hold a ‘Looking Ahead’ session for parents/carers, where we will give you information about key events that will happen in the run up to September.
Students will attend a ‘Getting To Know Us Day’ where, along with their Year 6 teacher, they will be introduced to some key members of the Year 7 team, see the school, have lunch, begin to learn more about our school and have the opportunity to ask questions.
Our ‘Parents/carers’ Information Evening’ will go into more detail about day to day routines and procedures. Our uniform suppliers are on hand and our catering team will create sample food for you to try.
Students will attend their first full day in school, sampling lessons and meeting their Form Group and Tutor. Students will be given a summer project to complete and the best projects will win a prize!
Organised by Horsforth Children’s Services students can come along to the Summer School to become more familiar with their peers and new surroundings. Your primary school will let you know how to sign up.
On the first day in September, Year 7 students are first in the building to allow them to settle in. The other year groups don’t arrive until break time.
We do a lot of work as a Pastoral Team to help with the settling in process. Form Tutors will work on developing independence and reassuring students about any worries they may have.
In the first term all Year 7 students will go on an activity trip to do lots of fun activities like archery, an assault course, climbing tower and giant swing to help make new friends and parents/carers will be invited to a ‘Settling In Evening’.
Who are my key contacts in Year 7?
You can see who’s who on the Year 7 team including who to contact and when here.
How can I help my child be organised for school?
You can help your child by encouraging them to establish good routines, to be punctual and have a good attendance. Encouraging their effort and positive attitude to learning and reinforcing our expectations will all help.
Try to get them to check their planners daily for homework and to complete it the night it is set, where possible. We offer a homework club for students which can help them with this. They can go into the library between 8:00am and 4:00pm Monday to Thursday to complete work or can visit the ELC computer suite at lunch and after school most days.
Please encourage your child to check their planner and pack their bag the night before so that they are organised and prepared for the next day.
What will students in Year 7 learn?
There is a dedicated section on our website just for our Year 7 students, go here and read about what you will learn in your first year at our School.
Why do all students study RE?
Academies and free schools are contractually required through the terms of their funding agreement to make provision for the teaching of RE. Further information concerning RE in academies and free schools is given below.
– Academies and free schools must teach RE within the requirements for a locally agreed syllabus, set out in section 375 (3) of the Education Act 1996 and paragraph (5) of Schedule 19 to the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. The requirements are that a syllabus must ‘reflect the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are, in the main, Christian while taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain’;
– The law gives parents/carers the right to withdraw their child from collective acts of worship and/or RE lessons. We respect that right but would ask that you make an appointment with the Curriculum Leader for RE to discuss the matter first and follow this decision with a formal letter to the Headteacher.
Why do all students study Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) including Relationships and Sex Education?
As an 11-18 comprehensive school, we have a responsibility to prepare students adequately for adult life. The curriculum endeavours to ensure that every child is offered a continuing programme of personal, social and citizenship and health education, which includes a relationship and sex education component. This is statutory.