Starting primary school September 2020

If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016, you must apply now for a primary school place for September 2020 if you have not already done so.

The closing date for receipt of applications was 15 January 2020.

Any application made after the closing date will be a late application and you will be far less likely to obtain a place at your preferred school.

Please email [email protected] or telephone 01709 823777 if you need to make an application or change an existing application as the online facility is now closed.

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 and academies, trust schools

We are happy to talk through any queries you have.

The School Admissions Team drop-in times for Riverside House are:

  • Monday 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 1pm - 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Thursday 1pm - 4.30pm
  • Friday 9.30am - 12.30pm

Pre-arranged appointment times can be made outside of these hours by emailing or calling the School Admissions Team.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us should you have any thing you wish to ask or discuss.

If you submit your application online you can log into your account on 16 April 2020 to see your school place offer.

Fraudulent applications

Rotherham Authority takes very seriously any attempt to gain an advantage in the admissions process by giving false information. It is really 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 and then returning to their original home address.

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. The Admissions Team will investigate all instances where a parent is thought to have used a false address or other misleading information in order to gain a place at a school for their child. Your address will be checked by reference to various records and, if necessary, by a council officer visiting the application address or any previous/alternative address.

Once the Authority has made an offer of a school place it may be withdrawn if the offer was made on the basis of a fraudulent or intentionally misleading application or information from a parent which effectively denied a place to a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.