Starting Primary School

Starting primary school September 2024

If your child was born between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020, you need to apply now for a primary school place for september 2024 if you have not not already done so.

The closing date for receipt of applications was 15th January 2024.

Places were allocated based on your residential address on 15th January 2024

We consider any application made after this closing date as a late application. If your application is late you will be far less likely to get in to your preferred school.

If you do not live in Rotherham you must contact your local Admissions Team for further advice.

Any reference to primary schools also includes community schools, aided schools, academies and trust schools.

Primary and Junior National Offer Day

Primary and Junior National Offer Day is on 16th April 2024.

If you made an on time application for your child’s primary school place, or a Year 3 place if they are in a separate Infant School, for September 2024 then we will send you the outcome on 16th April.

If you applied online then your outcome should be made available on the portal. If you provided an Email address then you will receive an outcome by Email after 8am on 16th April. These emails may go into junk folders so please check here as well.

If you didn’t apply online, or didn’t request an email decision, a letter will be posted to you and will arrive after the 16th April.

Please note we are unable to communicate posted decisions via email or on the phone so you will need to wait for your decision letter to arrive. If it’s not arrived by 19th April please get in touch with us here School admissions enquiry

If you made a late application (after 15th January) then these applications will be processed at the end of May.

Once your place is allocated you don’t need to do anything further to accept this and your child’s current and new schools will work together to arrange transition.

If you wish to appeal against the refusal of a school place you will need to visit the School admission appeals page to do this.

Fraudulent Applications

Rotherham Borough Council takes very seriously any attempt to gain an advantage in the admissions process by giving false information. It is important that the admissions system is fair for everybody. Nobody should be allowed to cheat by using a friend or relative’s address, a business address or by temporarily renting a property near to a popular school. Each year a number of parents try to get a school place by providing false information, which could result in them taking a place that should have gone to another child.

Whilst we do not request proof of address with every application, the Local Authority will investigate all instances where there is doubt or discrepancy in the information provided. Proof of residence at an address will be requested where an address on an application form differs from the information we hold or where there is an allegation or evidence that a parent may have provided false or misleading information in order to gain admission to a school. Your address will also be checked by reference to various records. A false application may result in the withdrawal of your child’s place in the school applied for, even if the child has already started school.

Once the Authority has made an offer of a school place it may be withdrawn if the offer was made on the basis of a fraudulent or intentionally misleading application or information from a parent which effectively denied a place to a child with a stronger claim, even if the child has already started at the school.

In recent years a number of school places were withdrawn from children after it was proven that their parent(s)/carer(s) had supplied intentionally misleading or fraudulent information or had failed to notify the Admissions Team that they were no longer living at the address given on the application form.

Where a place or an offer has been withdrawn, the application will be re-considered and a right of independent appeal offered if the place is refused, the child’s name will also be placed on the waiting list if the preferred school is oversubscribed.

Make an application

For full details on how to apply for a primary school place:

Download Primary application booklet

Download Church school supplementary information Forms