Starting primary school September 2020

If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016, you need to apply now for a primary school place for September 2020.

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

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Once the Authority has made an offer of a school place it may be withdrawn if the offer was made on the basis of a fraudulent or intentionally misleading application or information from a parent which effectively denied a place to a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

Waverley Junior Academy

Rotherham Authority has been granted approval to open a new Primary School within the Waverley Housing Development. It is proposed that Waverley Junior Academy will open in September 2020.

For those parents wishing to submit an online application for the new school, please accept our apologies as we are awaiting confirmation of the school’s inclusion in the national database which would enable you to name it as a preference. Unfortunately, due to this you are unable to make an application online for this school. Parents should submit their application on a paper common application form which can be downloaded or please telephone the Admissions Team on 01709 823777 to request a copy.

Apply for a school place

Download a guide to applying online

Download an application for for Waverley Junior Academy

Download primary admissions booklet and church school forms