School Services

The School Services team at the council provide lots of helpful information at If you would like to contact the team with any query related to schools please email or call 01904 551554.  If the team are unable to help with your query they will be able to put you in contact with someone who can.

Finding a school place

You can apply for a school place online at

There are 65 primary and secondary schools in the City of York Council area. There are also a number of private schools in York where you will need to pay fees. All schools are happy for parents to visit to help them choose a school. If you would like to do this, you should contact the school. You can take your children to look around and it will be a good opportunity to ask questions.

School terms and holidays

There are three terms in each year.

  • Autumn – September to December
  • Spring – January to March
  • Summer – April to July

There is a week-long holiday half way through each term called “half term” and a longer holiday at the end of each term.

You are not allowed to take your children out of school for holidays during term time without the head teacher’s permission. You may lose your child’s place if you do not make an arrangement with the head teacher. If you have a special reason for taking your child out of school during term time, the school will give you a holiday form. You must give your reason on the form. If you take your child out of school in term time for a holiday or trip home you can be fined or prosecuted.

A list of holiday dates can be found on the City of York Council website.

Your child’s school will also be closed for five days for teacher training each year. You should ask your child’s school for a list of dates as each school has different training dates.

School transport

If your local school is more than 3 miles away (2 miles for primary school) you can sometimes get a free bus pass. Find out more at on the main City of York Council website.

Compare Schools Performance

The Department for Education provides an online tool to help people find and compare local schools’ performance. For the first time on the Department's website, people can:

  • select the schools that interest them and compare performance side by side
  • view a full list of schools in England and filter to find schools with similar characteristics
  • use an interactive map to view local, regional and national averages for school performance