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Pick up & Drop Off

Children may enter school when their class doors open. Please allow sufficient time for the children to be ready to begin learning by arriving promptly. If children arrive late, their classroom doors will be closed and they will need to use the main entrance.

At the end of afternoon school, if parents are delayed in collecting their child for any reason, children should return to school and, having notified a member of staff, wait in the entrance hall.

Parking places close to school are limited. Please be aware of local residents when choosing a place to park so that access to driveways is maintained.

There are safe crossing places at the end of the school drive and opposite Pannal Green.

Parents waiting to collect children often wait in the playground or on Pannal Green (for older children).


We are an inclusive school for children between the ages of 4 and 11 years old and welcome all children into our school community. At 97%+, we are proud of our attendance record and work hard to maintain this high level.

We admit 60 children into each year group in 2 classes of 30 children each. All places are usually taken, often with a waiting list for each year group. Classes remain at 30 until the end of y2 reflecting national class size restrictions. In years 3 to 6, families may apply for places up to a maximum of 34 per class.

For any child starting at Pannal School we aim to ensure a smooth and welcoming transition. We will make every effort to get to know your child quickly both in terms of their academic abilities and their personal qualities.

All children who will reach their fifth birthday within the academic year are admitted to school at the start of September. Parents should note that children are not legally required to attend school until the first day of the term in which they have their 5th birthday. Any parents wishing to take up this option are invited to discuss their thoughts with Mrs Turner. There is also an opportunity for parents of summer born children to defer entry into Reception until the following year; again, speak to the Headteacher regarding this.

We have a system in place, which allows us to gather a range of information about reception-aged children before they start school. This system consist of a number of meetings and visits

  • In May after the admissions list has been distributed by the Local Authority parents are sent a pack of information about all aspects of school life and to give you an insight into the school day.
  • In July, parents and children will be invited to school for a "stay & play" visit so that they can experience school before starting in September. All key staff attend the sessions including the School Health Worker, Funclub Leader & uniform supplier.

All admissions are processed through the Harrogate Area Education Office. Admission forms are available either on their website www.northyorks.gov.uk or from the school.

You are most welcome to visit school if you are considering applying for a place for your child. Appointments can be made with Mrs Turner by ringing the school.