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Primary school admissions in Sheffield

Apply for a primary school place.

When to apply & when your child will start.

Parents guide.

Read the important information that you will need, then apply for a place.



You will be asked to register (unless you have applied online in previous year for your child/ren).

Once you have registered you will be sent an email from the Citizens Portal.  If you do not receive an email, please check in your junk/spam mail before contacting admissions.

The email link will take you back to the welcome screen where you can enter your email and password to enter the portal.



If you have applied online in previous years for your child, you will not need to register again.  You will need to enter your email address and password to login.  If you have forgotten your password, click on forgotten password.

Once you are in the portal, select School Places.

You will have been provided with a Unique Identification Number (UID) for your child in the letter from us.  You should enter this when prompted to reveal your child’s details.  If you do not have a UID you can still apply by selecting the “NO UID” button.

Apply for a place.


Allocating places

Our over-subscription criteria describes how we allocate places.


Over-subscribed schools

Over-subscribed schools for Reception.

School places refused under prejudice or KS1 grounds.



Submit an appeal.


Admission Arrangements

Admission Arrangements


Subscribe to Primary Schools application date alerts.


Fraudulent applications

We take the issue of fraudulent applications very seriously. If we receive any information alleging that an application has been made fraudulently, it will require parents to provide 2 forms of specific proof to confirm the address.

Where we have made an offer of a place at a school on the basis of fraudulent or intentionally misleading information, which has effectively denied a place to a child with a higher right of entry, it will be withdrawn if it come to light before the start of the academic year.


Starting school options

By law a child must be in full-time education from the beginning of the term after their 5th birthday but parents do have some flexibility in deciding when their child will start reception.

The options are as follows:

  • All 4 year old children can start in reception class in the September after their 4th birthday.

  • Parents may defer their child’s admission into reception until the January or April, depending on their date of birth.

  • If you choose to defer, your child continues to be entitled to free early learning (15 hours per week term time) at a childcare provider of your choice.

You should also discuss your decision with your child’s childcare, where this is relevant. You will also  need to complete an options form you can download a form or you can pick one up from the school which your child has been allocated.

  • Parents' Options Form 2016-2017 (DOCX, 49 KB)

    Children may start school from the September after their fourth birthday. To help schools plan their organisation, please fill in this form and return it to your allocated school as soon as possible.


Contact us

Contact us if you have any questions.

  • Modified: Sep 26, 2016 10:19:19 AM