Parents of children due to start school receive a letter from the Local Authority (LA) and a booklet explaining the admission process, usually in October/November of the year prior to their start. Parents are then encouraged to make their choice of school and send the relevant forms, found in the booklet, back to the LA by the specified deadline date. In April parents will be informed of the outcome of their application. Since September 2011, all children have had the option to start school from the September after their fourth birthday. Parents can choose when your child starts school and on a full time or part-time basis.
At Abbey Lane we encourage you to look round the school before making your final choice to make sure it is the school you would like your child to attend and one whose policies you feel able to support. We normally offer you a choice of one of three dates between late October and early January, these are published on our website when confirmed. When you have secured a place here we will write to you to let you know of visiting arrangements prior to your child starting. Our own staff also try to visit children in their pre-school setting before they start with us, to get to know them in familiar surroundings. Importantly we hope to meet all of you before your child starts and again, soon after, in order to establish firm partnerships between staff and parents from the outset to share ideas and knowledge for the well-being and positive development of your child.
For all enquiries linked to initial admissions, please contact:
Primary Admissions, Floor 3, Howden House, Union Street, Sheffield S1 2SH
Tel: 0114 2735766 / Fax: 0114 2734155
Please contact the school initially to establish whether there is a place available in the year group you need. If there are vacancies in any year group other than Reception, you will need to contact Primary Admissions to follow the transfer process.