Information for New Starters


If you would like to apply for a place in our Richmond Methodist School Nursery please complete and return the Nursery Parental Agreement Form which you can find below: you can do this electronically or request a paper copy from our school office. (Please note there are 2 forms -one for admissions prior to September 22 and one for admissions from September 22). Once we have your form we will acknowledge your application and add your child to our waiting list. We will add names in the order in which we have received the expression of interest. Applications will be reviewed and places confirmed the first week of the term before the term the child can start. For example, if child turns 3 and is eligible to start in September (Autumn term) we would confirm the place after Easter (the start of the Summer term).

Aged 2-11:

Admission to Richmond Methodist School is open to all children from 2-11 years old, regardless of ability, faith, race or gender. 

Children can attend our 2 year-old Nursery provision from their second birthday and children can attend our 3 year-old provision the term after they turn three.

The usual catchment area for the school includes Richmond, Skeeby, Gilling West, MarskeDownholmeHudswellBrokes and Easby. Applications are also welcome from outside this area, and may be agreed, dependent upon places being available. Parents and children are welcome to visit the school prior to application. 

School places are allocated by the Local Education Authority.    For more information about how to apply for a place please visit   The site contains guidance about the procedure to follow and the timetable.   

First Admission to School

Children are admitted to Richmond Methodist Primary School in the September before their 5th birthday. They can attend part-time initially but must be in full time education once they reach compulsory school age.  This is on 31 December, 31 March or 31 August following their fifth birthday- whichever comes first.  The deadline for the receipt of applications to the Local Authority for the following school year is normally mid -January. The Local Authority will write to parents / carers giving confirmation of the school place allocated in mid- April. Our school will receive a list of our new entrants at the same time and we will subsequently contact parents to coordinate transition arrangements for getting ready to start school. 

Starting School Transition

Our Early Years Foundation Stage Team have a programme in place to help prepare the children for starting school.  This usually begins after Easter and includes a welcome meeting for parents / carers and contact with staff on several occasions prior to starting. 

Admission of Children Later In School Because Of Transfer From Other Areas 

Parents should apply online at  and the decision on school allocation will be made by the Local Education Authority.  Please feel welcome to contact us direct for more specific information and to request a tour of our school. 

Admissions Information

For school admissions information and access to an electronic application form, please use this link to visit the School Admissions page of the North Yorkshire County Council website.

You can use north Yorkshire County Council interactive maps to find out what catchment area you live in.

For further information please refer to our admissions policy.