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About our school

We are a local authority maintained community school and the admission authority is Leeds City Council, who sets our admission policy every year.   

You can read our school’s admission policy at Our school admissions policies (


Number of pupils210
Education phasePrimary
Age range5 to 11
Type of schoolCommunity school
FaithNot applicable
SpecialismNot applicable
FacilitiesBreakfast club and After School Club


Admissions policy

Places are offered in priority order. Children who meet the first priority will get a place before children who meet the second.


Admissions year

September 2023 to July 2024

Number of places (published admission number)


Summary of admissions policy

1. Looked after and previously looked after children including children who were adopted from state care outside of England (evidence required).

2. Children with exceptional social or medical needs that can only be met at a specific school (evidence and conditions apply).

3. Children who have a brother or sister attending the school (conditions apply).

4. Children who live in the catchment priority area for the school.

5. Other children, by straight line distance.


You should read the full admissions policy before applying. For some criteria, you may need to send extra information.

Full admissions policies

Leeds City Council admissions policy

Catchment area map

Catchment area map PDF (3 MB)

Check if you live in a catchment area


Last child offered a place

Find out which admissions priority the last child met and how far they lived from the school (if applicable) in previous years. All distances are measured as a straight line.


Last child offered a place at Manston Primary School:

Offer day 2023

Distance in miles: 0.418

Priority admitted: 4

Priority summary: In-Catchment

Offer day 2022

Distance in miles: 0.555

Priority admitted: 5

Priority summary: Any Other Children

Offer day 2021

Distance in miles: 0.495

Priority admitted: 5

Priority summary: Any Other Children


How many people applied (offer day 2023)

How many people applied last year at Manston Primary School

Put as 1st preference40
Put as 2nd preference39
Put as 3rd preference37
Put as 4th preference23
Put as 5th preference17
Total applications (preferences)156


Travel information

Travel information for Manston Primary School

20 mph outside schoolYes
School crossing patrolNo
Parent waiting shelterYes
Cycle storageYes
Scooter storageYes
Cycle routesYes



Leeds City Council has determined the admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools for the 2025/2026 school year.    The 2025  Leeds co-ordination schemes was also been approved.   All these documents can be found here:

Reception Intake

How to apply for a September 2024 place

Children born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 are due to start primary school in September 2024.


If you are applying for a reception place for September 2024, all applications are made in advance. Offers are made by the Local Authority on national offer day.


You must apply to the local authority i.e.  where you make council tax payments. If this is Leeds, go to The website is a composite prospectus for all Leeds schools and this includes:   

  • all of the steps you need to go through to make an application
  • the key dates
  • a search tool to see if your home address gives any higher priority for admission to any school(s)
  • an explanation about how places are offered if there are more applications than spaces (oversubscribed)
  • the online application portal - apply online and you’ll be sent your offer by email
  • a summary of each school’s individual admission policy criteria
  • data about who got a place in the last 3 years - this will help you work out if there is a reasonable chance of your child qualifying for a place.

Information about applying under a specific admission criteria (such as your child being previously looked after). It is really important to ensure you submit all supporting evidence by the deadline to show you meet any such criteria.


You can also watch the Leeds City Council school admissions video ) for more information. 

The council’s social media pages will also tell you about any Q&A sessions where you can ask questions.


You can also see information about our school, including previous admission data, on our school page on the Leeds City Council’s website       Check a school's admissions details (


Application timetable - The below timetable applies to Primary School applications made to Leeds City Council. If you apply to another local authority, they may have different dates.


Application timeline

Primary school applications, important dates.

1st November 2023Applications open
15th January 2024National deadline for applying
12th February 2024Deadline for late applications and changes (for schools which follow our admissions policy)
16th April 2024National offer day

Transferring to Manston Primary School

If you're moving into Leeds or want to change schools in Leeds, you need to make a school transfer - often called an in-year application. 


Moving schools can be a difficult experience for a child. You should always speak to your child's current school before trying to move to see what support they can offer you. 


How to apply for an in-year place

Leeds City Council have delegated the decision making for in-year applications to our Governing Body. 


You can apply for a place online using the Leeds in-year application here and you will be taken to the Leeds Admissions portal, and will be able to apply for a place. You can apply for places at our school, and any other Leeds schools who are part of the Leeds in-year coordinated application scheme at the same time.


If you have moved house, please upload evidence of the house move with your application. You can find out what you need to provide on the above website.


We have to offer places by applying our admission policy criteria to your child's application and we will contact you with our decision about offering you a place. We will tell you our decision no later than 15 school days from when you apply. During this period, our Safeguarding and Welfare Officer will then contact your child's current school to get basic information, such as current levels, attendance and any other additional information which may be relevant. If we cannot offer you a place, we will:

  • write to you to explain the reasons,
  • explain how you can appeal and
  • add your child to our waiting list in case a place becomes free.


If you wish to do so, you can contact school on 0113 264 5445 or email to notify us of your application, and our Safeguarding and Welfare Officer, Miss Thorpe, will check the portal for your application. Alternatively, you can collect a paper In-Year Transfer Form from the school office to complete.


If you need any further support, please contact the Admissions Team on: 0113 222 4444
Monday to Friday, 9am and 5pm, except Wednesdays when lines open at 10am. 


If your child is classed as vulnerable

Leeds Admissions have a policy to find a school for vulnerable children who do not have one. The policy applies to all schools and is known as the fair access protocol.

Is my child vulnerable?

If you think the policy applies to your application, you'll need to ask your child's current or last school to complete a Current school information form (PDF 98KB) and email it to


What are the admission arrangements for pupils with SEND?

Children with an Education, Health and Care plan that names the school must be admitted. This will reduce the number of places available for applicants. This is not an oversubscription criterion.


The admission of pupils with an Education, Health and care plan is dealt with by a completely separate procedure. This procedure is set out in the 1996 Education Act. Details of this separate procedure are set out in the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice

If you click on this link it will take you to the Leeds City Council webpage for the local offer for SEND pupils. This also offers advice on Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH). 



If we cannot offer you a place, you will have the right of appeal. The appeal panel is independent of the school and council and their decision is legally binding. 

Before you appeal you:


Leeds City Council arranges our appeals and you can find the appeal form at School appeals (


If you are applying for a Reception place for September 2022, you need to submit your appeal by the deadline to ensure the appeal will be heard before the summer holidays. 


Appeals for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

These classes are limited to 30 pupils per teacher by law. This means that appeals for these places are less likely to be successful. 


If our school refuses your child a place because of this limit and you want to appeal, you will need to make an infant class size appeal.  You can see if your reasons are likely to be successful by reading the Department for Education's information about infant class size appeals.   


Other appeals

You can appeal because you want your child to attend a particular school. These are successful if the panel agree that the reasons for your appeal outweigh the school's decision not to admit any more children.


Wanting your child to go to a school because you think it is the best one in the area is not likely to convince the panel that your child should get a place there.

Secondary School Applications for September 2024

If your child was born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 they are due to start secondary school in September 2024.


If you live in Leeds you should submit your application to Leeds City Council even if you want to apply for a school outside of Leeds. You must apply to the local authority who empties your bins. If you live outside Leeds and want to apply for a Leeds school, you should submit your application to your council. 


You can watch Leeds City Council school admissions video here for more information. There are virtual advice sessions on the Leeds City Council social media pages. 


If you have any questions, you can contact admissions by phone 0113 222 4414 or by email:


Application timeline

Secondary school applications, important dates

1 September 2023Applications open
31 October 2023National deadline for applying
28 November 2023Deadline for late applications and changes (for schools which follow our admissions policy)
1 March 2024National offer day
School Day starts at 8.50am and finishes at 3.15pm for all classes (Changes have been made temporarily since Covid 19 please click link for further details




I chose Manston Primary because I was impressed with the facilities and ethos of the school.  My daughter was immediately comfortable in the surroundings.


Having attended a number of primary school open days we were extremely impressed with the facilities at Manston Primary School.


Our eldest child is a pupil and we have been impressed with education and caring attitude at Manston Primary School. 


My elder child goes to Manston Primary School and I wouldn’t want my youngest to go anywhere else.


I have heard that Manston Primary School has a very good reputation.  I want the best for my child and believe they could give her the best teaching this area has to offer.

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  • We are grateful for the patience, help and support. A big thank you to everybody, your patience and support is much appreciated.
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Thank you to all the staff for their constant support.
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  • Thank you for all the extra experiences.
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  • We are very grateful to Manston for giving X a holistic and nurturing education.


Our aim is to ensure that your child feels secure and happy as soon as he or she steps over the threshold. A happy child will gain in self confidence and will grow to enjoy the learning process. Manston Primary School has a unique family atmosphere and your child will become a valued member of our community.

If you would like to learn more about our school please telephone: 0113 2645445 and make an appointment to visit. You will have an opportunity to speak with the Reception Class teachers, tour the school whilst the children are working, and share in our many achievements.