18 April 2016

More children have been given their choice of primary school in Sheffield as admissions results out today (Monday, 18 April) show.

In total 6,311 children received a preferred place, an increase on last year’s results. This follows the increase in the number of children being given a place at their chosen secondary school in Sheffield, as reported in March.

Today’s results show that more than 97.5 per cent of pupils starting primary school in September have been given a place in one of their preferred schools, an increase from 97 per cent last year.

Sheffield City Council has helped a higher number of families get the place they preferred by providing 95 extra places for children in reception classes for September 2016. The authority is also commissioning more primary places as part of a new through school in the North East of Sheffield, an area where the demand for places has been highest, as well as a new secondary school in the south west.

Jayne Ludlam, Executive Director of Children, Young People & Families at Sheffield City Council, said: “I hope families are pleased with this news and that their children are excited about starting school in September.

“We’ve provided extra school places for children in Sheffield and there are more to come, to help us meet the needs of our growing population, I’m very pleased that, once again, this has resulted in thousands of children being given their preferred school.

“Our priority is to keep raising attainment and achievement rates across the city. Getting into your preferred school and having outstanding local schools are key to this.”

In total 97.55 per cent of children were allocated one of their three preferences, with 5,826 children – 90.05 per cent – being allocated their first choice. Last year 97.01 per cent were allocated one of their three choices, with 5,583 – 89.69 per cent – allocated their first choice.

Children who were not allocated any of their three preferences have either been referred to their catchment school or been allocated the nearest primary school with places available.
Information and advice is available for anyone not satisfied with the school they have been allocated. Parents also have the right to appeal. Appeals take place in June and July.

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

You can also email the team at ed-admissions@sheffield.gov.uk