Primary School Admissions in Sheffield
For the application process for primary school places for 2021 to 2022, please check the Sheffield.gov.uk website
In Early April 2021 you will be informed about your child's allocated school place. This may or may not be one of your three preferences.
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. Some parents now defer the date their child starts school to the next academic year, however this is very uncommon.
The options are as follows:
- All 4 year old children can start in reception class in the September after their 4thbirthday.
- 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 discuss your decision with the school and your child’s childcare provider where this is relevant. If you are unable to download a copy you will be able to get one from the school which your child has been allocated.
Full details about the admissions, application and appeals process can be found on the Sheffield City Council website: