Each school has approved admissions criteria which is used to prioritise applications in the event of the school being over-subscribed. This is where more applications are received than there are places available in the year group.
The Admission Authority for each school is responsible for proposing and consulting on lawful admissions criteria each year. The criteria must then be approved by Cabinet.
For Community Schools we are the Admissions Authority. For Church, Trust and Foundation schools, the Governing Body is the Admissions Authority. This is also the case the for Academies.
Admission Authorities may choose to operate different admissions criteria as long as they are clear, fair, objective and lawful.
The admissions criteria used for schools in Sheffield are as follows;
Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools
Church Schools (Voluntary Aided)
- Looked after children (children in public care)
- Catchment area and Sibling attending the school on 1 September 2012 (including attendance at the linked Junior School)
- Catchment area
- Sibling (not catchment)
- Feeder School
- Other applications
The tie-breaker within each category is straight line distance from home to school.
On March 2012, the Cabinet approved the Admission Arrangements for Sheffield Community Schools, Voluntary Controlled Schools and Academies, including Sixth Form arrangements. Details of arrangements are documented below.
The downloadable documents below provide the following information
An introduction to the people and departments who administer our admission policy
Guidance on what you must do and when (your responsibilities)
Guidance on how to carry out your responsibilities
Guidance on what we will do and when
Guidance on where to find help