4 December 2017

Council leaders are urging families to apply for their child’s primary school before the closing date of 15 January and use all three preferences.

Parents will find out the outcome of their primary school application on 16 April 2018.

Parents are encouraged to make sure they fill in all three preferences in order to keep their options open. Parents can express up to three preferences but some parents choose not to. Putting down three preferences does not reduce the chance of parents getting their preferred option, but does provide alternatives if the preferred school is over-subscribed.

Families are also encouraged to name their catchment school as places cannot be reserved for catchment pupils where a positive preference for this school has not been expressed.

Sheffield City Council’s admissions team deals with thousands of applications for secondary and primary schools every year.

This year is the first year parents can apply to the city’s new school; Astrea Academy  on the Old Pye Bank site, in the North East of the city.  Astrea Academy will provide places for children and young people aged two-19.   A new secondary school Mercia Academy, on the Bannerdale site, in the South West will also open in September 2018.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families said:  “All families deserve great schools close to where they live.  With birth rates rising we are seeing an increase in pressure on school places. This is why we are building two new schools, Astrea in the North East and Mercia in the South West of the city, and planned for additional primary school places at Ecclesall Infants and Totley Primary school.

“I would encourage all parents and carers to fill in their application form for a school place as soon as possible and most importantly please fill in all three preferences. “

If families need help with the form they should contact 0114 273 5790 or email ed-admissions@sheffield.gov.uk


The application form basics:

  • Forms are sent to the child’s home around a year before they are due to go to school.
  • Parents and carers will be told which their local catchment school is on this letter.
  • They are required to put down three preferences. Those applying for a faith school will have further forms to fill in.
  • The same criteria are applied to all school applications – with priority given to children in care, then catchment, then sibling and then feeder school.