1 March 2017

A huge 96 per cent of children in Sheffield have been given a place at a secondary school of their choice, new figures released today (Wednesday 1 March) show.

Of the 6,101 pupils set to start secondary school in September, 96 per cent have been given a place at one of their three choices of school, while 88 per cent have been given their first choice of school. This is around the same as last year, where Sheffield was once again above the national average.

This has meant growing pressure on places in some parts of the city and that is set to grow again in the next two years.

In order to ensure families continue to access a local school from September 2018, two great new schools are being created in those areas of pressure – one on the Bannerdale site in south west Sheffield, and one on the Woodside site in the north east of the city.  Additional places will also be available at Don Valley Academy from September 2018.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “I hope today’s results are a big relief to the thousands of families across Sheffield who have been waiting to find out if their child has been accepted into their school of choice.

“We are providing more local school places to help us meet the needs of our growing population. We all want the best for our children and a huge priority for us is to keep on raising attainment and achievement rates across the city. Getting into one of the schools of choice and having outstanding local schools are key to this.”

In total 96 per cent of pupils were allocated one of their three preferences and 88 per cent were allocated their first choice. Last year, 96 per cent were also allocated one of their three choices, while 87 per cent got a place at their first choice of school.

The small number of children who were not allocated a place at any of their three preferences have either been referred back to their catchment school or been allocated the nearest school with places available.

Information and advice is available for anyone not satisfied with the school place which they have been allocated. Parents also have the right to appeal. Appeals take place between April and July.

More information is available at www.sheffield.gov.uk/education/information-for-parentscarers/pupil-admissions/secondary-school

Parents and carers can also email the team at ed-admissions@sheffield.gov.uk