You can apply for a school place for your child online.

In year applications (school transfers)

The normal years for school entry applications are Reception, Year in Junior Schools and Year 7). If you want to apply for a school place outside normal school entry years you can apply for a transfer to another school. Any parent wishing to apply for a transfer must obtain a Common Transfer Form from their current school. You can apply for up to three schools.

The current school must complete Section 2 and send the application to the Admissions Team by email at or by post:

Floor 5, West Wing
S1 4PE

We will manage your application on your behalf. We aim to inform you of the decision for the school you have applied for within 15 school days and the reason for that decision. If it is not possible to offer a place at any of your preferred schools, we will give you advice on the statutory appeal procedure. The Co-ordinated Admission Schemes are available on request.

Secondary School 2022

If your child was born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 they will transfer to secondary school in September 2022. You are now invited to apply for a secondary school place for your child. You must do so by 31 October 2021. You will have already been sent information about how to apply. Please apply online or by completing the application which you can either download from this page or by calling 0114 273 5790.

Children new to Sheffield

If you are new to Sheffield and would like a school place please call the Children Missing Education Team on 0114 273 6462 or email You can make an appointment to complete an application to apply for a school place.

Year 6 to Year 7 Open Evenings

As a result of Covid-19 social distancing requirements, it is likely that there will be changes to open evenings for children transferring to secondary schools in September 2021. Details of open evenings given to parents in their application packs may not be accurate now. Some schools are arranging virtual open evenings and online presentations. Parents should check directly with individual schools for further details.

Admission Guides for Parents 2021/2022

Reception 2021/2022

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.

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 2015 to 31 August 2016

Your child will start in 2020/2021.

You can apply from Autumn 2019.

Closing date for applications is 15 January 2020.

Date of birth: 1 September 2016 to 31 August 2017

Your child will start in 2021/2022.

You can apply from Autumn 2020.

Closing date for applications is 15 January 2021.

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
S1 4PL

Entry into Sheffield Sixth Form School for September 2021

Before you apply for a Sixth Form school place, we strongly recommended that you check your preferred school’s prospectus and visit the school at their Open Event. You should also check carefully the 2021 GCSE Entry Requirements for courses/subjects. A copy of the 2021 GCSE requirements document is available on request. Email or call 0114 273 5766. Alternatively, contact the schools directly.

Current Y11 students attending schools that use the Sheffield Progress system should apply online using their school log in.

All students attending private, independent or schools outside the Sheffield Authority need to complete the paper Sixth Form Application form. You can apply for up to three Sixth Form schools and rank these in preference order. Estimated grades must be signed off by the current school. The current school should then email the form to the Sixth Form Admissions Co-ordinator:

The closing date for all applications is 31 January 2021. The applications will be passed to the schools for consideration. Students who applied via Sheffield Progress will need to check their account on 24 February 2021 for the outcome of their application. Those who applied on a paper form will receive a decision letter, sent to the student’s home address, on 24 February 2021. If a conditional offer is made, you must accept this offer by no later than 12 March 2021.

Applying for a Sixth Form school place, either online using Sheffield Progress or a paper application form, does not guarantee a place in any of your preferred schools.

If you have any questions please email or call 0114 273 5766.

Admission Arrangements 2021-2022

The School Admission Regulations 2012 require that all admission authorities must determine their admission arrangements that will apply for admission applications the following school year.

We are responsible for determining admission arrangements for all our community and voluntary controlled schools. We are responsible for admission arrangements at schools that are their own admission authority such as Academies, Voluntary Aided, Trust and Foundation schools.

We consulted on our admission arrangements for the Academic Year 2021-22 from 4 November to 15 December 2019. 

The following decision to determine the City Council’s Admission Arrangements has been taken by the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills on 11 February 2020. The oversubscription criteria remain unchanged. There is, however, a change to the current catchment area for King Edward VII Secondary school which has been extended to include Hallam Primary catchment area. Further details are provided in the school admissions arrangement report.

Any objections to the arrangements must be made to the Schools Adjudicator by 15 May 2020.