Reception 2019/2020

It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that they apply for a school place for their children when entering Reception for the first time. Many parents are surprised at how far in advance they need to apply for a school place for their child, who may only be 3 years old at the time of applying.

Applications are invited every Autumn term (mid-September/early October) and the closing date for submitting applications is 15 January each year.

Authorities must enable pupils to enter Reception for the first time from the September after their 4th birthday. The dates below provide information as to which academic year pupils are entitled to attend according to their date of birth.

Secondary 2019/2020

If your child is born between 1/9/2007 - 31/08/2008 they will transfer to secondary school in September 2019. You are now invited to apply for a secondary school place for your child. You must do so by 31st October 2018. You will have already been sent information about how to apply. Please apply by clicking on "apply for a school place" above or by completing the application form that was sent to you. 

New to Sheffield

If you are new to Sheffield and would like a school place please contact Children Missing Education Team on 0114 273 6462. You will be able to make an appointment to complete an application to apply for a school place. 

When will my child start Reception?

The majority of parents will apply and pupils will take up their place within these timescales.

Date of birth: 1 September 2013 to 31 August 2014

Your child will start in 2018/2019.

You can apply from Autumn 2017.

Closing date for applications is 15 January 2018.

Date of birth: 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2015

Your child will start in 2019/2020.

You can apply from Autumn 2018.

Closing date for applications is 15 January 2019.

Some parents may have concerns about their child beginning school because they are very young and they do not feel they are ready for full time education. 

There are options for parents to consider as long as they comply with the law which requires pupils to be in full time education from the beginning of the term following their 5th birthday.

Other options

Defer entry

You can request to defer entry until later in the academic year such as January or after Easter (but must be attending full time from the beginning of the term after their 5th birthday). Parents wishing to defer entry until later in the academic year, should discuss this with their child’s allocated school after allocations are confirmed each year.

Delay entry

You can request to delay admission into school until the term after their 5th birthday (statutory school age). This option is only available for summer children.

Summer born children

Summer born children are pupils whose date of birth falls between 1 April and 31 August.

Parents of summer born pupils currently have the right to request that their child’s admission into full time education is delayed until the term after their 5th birthday: the following September which is the beginning of a new academic year.

Parents wishing to consider this option will then need to decide whether they wish their child to enter full time education in Y1 (child’s chronological year group) or Reception (education out of year group).

Any request must be made in writing to:

Nichola Furniss
Principal Admissions Officer
Moorfoot Building
Floor 5
Sheffield
S1 4PL

Admission Arrangements 2019/20

Sheffield Local Authority has determined its Admission Arrangements for Community and Voluntary Aided Schools for the 2019/20 Academic Year.

Any objections to the arrangements must be made to the Schools Adjudicator by 15 May 2018.