Halfway Junior School Admissions Process

Below are the over-subscription criteria priorities for admission to Sheffield community and voluntary controlled schools.

 

(The Governing Bodies for voluntary aided and foundation schools are the Admission Authority and establish admission arrangements and allocate school places.)

 

Special Educational Needs

 

Any child that has a statement for SEN that names a specific school must be offered a place there.

The following oversubscription criteria outline the priorities for admissions to Sheffield Community Schools.

 

Priority 1. Children in Care (previously In Care)

 

Pupils who are looked after or who are previously looked after will be admitted to the school.

Previously looked after children are children who were looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject of a residence order or special guardianship order immediately following being looked after.

 

Priority 2. Attendance at a Linked Feeder School

 

This category applies to the transfer from year 2 to year 3 at separate infant and junior schools.

Priority for a place at the junior school will be given to children who attend the designated linked infant school at the time of allocation.

In the event of over-subscription within this category, normal admission priorities (ie, categories 3, 4 and 5) would be applied. 

 

Priority 3. Catchment area with Sibling

 

Children who normally reside with a parent or person with parental responsibility in the defined catchment area and who will have a brother or sister at the preferred school on the day of admission will be considered next.

This means that all catchment/sibling applications are prioritised before catchment applicants irrespective of distance. The normal distance tie-breaker will apply within each category. 

 

Priority 4. Catchment Area

 

Children who normally reside in the catchment area of a school, as defined by the Authority, at the latest date for applications , and who apply for a place there will be considered after priority 1, 2, and 3. 

 

Priority 5. Brothers and sisters (Sibling) who were refused a place at their catchment school in a previous year, where parents applied there.

 

A sibling is defined as a child as a child who permanently or usually lives at the same address as:

 

  • A brother and or sister

  • A step brother and or stepsister (including half brothers and sisters)

 

In both cases will attend or be allocated at either the preferred school or feeder infant school at the time of entry.

 

Priority 6. Brothers and Sisters (Sibling)

 

Children who will have an older brother or sister at the preferred school on the date of admission, will be offered a place if any places remain after all the above categories.

A sibling is defined as a child as a child who permanently or usually lives at the same address as:

 

  • A brother and or sister

  • A step brother and or stepsister (including half brothers and sisters)

 

In both cases will attend or be allocated at either the preferred school or feeder infant school at the time of entry.

 

Priority 7. Other Applications

 

Any child who does not fit into one of the above categories will be considered next. Places will be allocated up to the published indicated admission number. 

 

Tie Breakers

 

For any admission category that is over-subscribed there are two stages of further consideration;

Where exceptional medical, social or special educational needs are demonstrated, an application may be prioritised by the Admissions Board but only within the same admission category.

 

If there are no exceptional circumstances, all other applications will be prioritised first by the admission category and then by distance from the home address to the school building.  This is a straight-line measurement from the centre of the school building to the centre of the home.

 

In addition to the above categories, any child who has a statement for Special Educational Needs that names a specific school must be offered a place at the school.

 

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