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Joining at 11+

Harrogate Grammar School is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a Multi Academy Trust for students in Years 7 to 13 of their education, that is, from the ages of 11 to 18.

It is currently organised in 10 forms of entry and has a Sixth Form of about 650 students. Academies are their own admission authority and admissions to Harrogate Grammar in Years 7-11 are co-ordinated by North Yorkshire Local Authority on behalf of the school.

Harrogate Area Education Office – 01609 533679

North Yorkshire admissions

For further information regarding our admissions policy please click on the links below:

Parental Choice at 11 Plus

There is a long-established system of parental choice in the Harrogate area. (This is defined to include the Civil Parish of Harrogate and the Parishes of Birstwith, Clint, Felliscliffe, Follifoot and Plompton, Hampsthwaite, Haverah Park and Beckwithshaw, Kearby-with-Netherby, Killinghall, Kirkby Overblow, Menwith-with-Darley, North Rigton, Ripley, Sicklinghall, South Stainley-with-Cayton, Spofforth-with-Stockeld, Washburn, Weeton and the former Parish of Bishop Thornton.) Parents who live in the Parishes of Askwith, Denton, Farnley, Leathley, Lindley, Middleton, Nesfield-with-Langbar, Newall-with-Clifton, Stainburn and Weston may also express a preference for a Harrogate school when their child is 11 plus.

Prospective parents should note that Harrogate Grammar School is consistently oversubscribed each year and the Area Education Office allocates places according to published 0845 8727374.

Out of Area Pupils

Parents who live outside the areas listed above may also apply for entry to Harrogate Grammar School. These applications will be considered if there are any places available after all catchment area applications have been considered.

Published Admission Number

The admission limit for students into Harrogate Grammar School is fixed at 290 for 2024-25.


Admission Arrangements for Year 7, September 2023

(This information was correct at the time of issue but does not take account of further applications or appeals after May 2022).

Children with Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care Plan that named the school. 12
Priority 1 Children and young people in public care or previously looked after. 3
Priority 2 Children the Governing Body believes have special social or medical reasons for admission. 0
Priority 3 Children of staff working at the school. 6
Priority 4 Harrogate town area children with a sibling at the school. 78
Harrogate town area children allocated on distance. 134
Harrogate rural area children with a sibling at the school. 25
Harrogate rural area children allocated on distance. 32
Priority 5 Children living outside the Harrogate area with a sibling at the school. 0
Children living outside the Harrogate area allocated on distance. 0
Total 290

This information refers to admissions for September 2023 only. It is not possible to estimate the likely numbers for September 2024, but it is hoped that the information will help prospective parents to understand the possibility of gaining a place at Harrogate Grammar School.

Appeals Procedure

Parents and carers may appeal against the Trust’s decision not to offer their child a place at the school. The appeals are arranged by North Yorkshire County Council.  Appeals submitted for a Year 7 place, for a child to start school at the beginning of the academic year in September 2024, will need to be received by North Yorkshire County Council’s deadline to guarantee being heard before the new school year starts (see below link).


All queries regarding transport are dealt with by Integrated Passenger Transport. 

Harrogate Grammar School is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Red Kite Office, Pannal Ash Road, Harrogate, HG2 9PH

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