Five Sheffield primary schools refuse places to children living in their catchment area

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Five primary and infant schools in Sheffield have had to refuse youngsters a place in September even though they live in the catchment area.

Brunswick Community Primary, Dobcroft Infants, Dore Primary, Netherthorpe Primary, and Oughtibridge Primary, were all oversubscribed and were forced to turn down pupils for a reception place in September, despite them living in the catchment area.

A further 32 schools in the city were oversubscribed as Sheffield Council continues to feel the pressure of providing places following an increase in births.

Other children have been turned away from schools where their brothers and sisters have places.

The most oversubscribed school was Dobcroft Infants, in Millhouses, were 40 pupils were refused a place - including eight who live in the catchment area and 10 whose siblings attend.

At Netherthorpe Primary, in Netherthorpe, 23 youngsters were refused a place - including 14 who are in the catchment area and three who have brothers and sisters at the school.

At Oughtibridge Primary, in Oughtibridge, 24 pupils were turned down for a reception place - 12 children who live in the catchment and three who have siblings there.

At Brunswick Primary, in Woodhosue, 29 children were refused a place - including eight who live in the school's catchment area.

And at Dore Primary, in Dore, 21 pupils did not get a place - including nine living in the school's catchment area and two who have siblings there.

Out of 6,079 pupils 98 per cent of children got a place at one of their three preferred primary schools - an increase from 97.5 per cent last year. A total of 92 per cent of pupils are going to their chosen school in September - a two per cent increase on last year.

Extra demand for primary school places has been increasing in recent years due to an unprecedented baby boom.

Sheffield Council has provided 60 extra place for children starting reception in September. A new through-school being planned in Burngreave will also provide an additional 60 reception places when it opens in September 2018.

Jayne Ludlam, executive director of children, young people and families at Sheffield Council, said: “Sheffield performs well for children starting school and this year, 98 per cent of children have been given a place at a primary school of their choice, with 92 per cent getting a place at their first choice. We expect this to be well above the national average, as in other years.

​“However I know that some families have not got their school of choice and I understand that this can be upsetting. That’s why we continue to review the number of places that are provided in each area of the city to make sure that as many families as possible can get a place for their child in the local area.

“We always encourage families to use all three preferences in their application, and include their local catchment school as one of those preferences. I would ask anyone who is not happy with their school place to get in touch with our admissions team as soon as possible for advice.”

Other oversubscribed schools are Abbey Lane Primary, Woodseats; Arbourthorne Community Primary, Arbourthorne; Ballifield Primary, Handsworth; Beck Primary, Shiregreen; Beighton Nursery and Infant School, Beighton; Birley Spa Community Primary, Hackenthorpe; Bradfield Dungworth, Dungworth; Brightside Primary, Brightside; Ecclesall Infants, Ecclesall; Ecclesfield Primary, Ecclesfield; Gleadless Primary, Gleadless; Hinde House Primary, Wincobank; Hucklow Primary, Firth Park; Hunters Bar Infants, Hunters Bar; Intake Primary, Intake; Loxley Primary, Loxley; Lydgate Infants, Crosspool; Malin Bridge Primary, Malin Bridge; Marlcliffe Primary, Wadsley; Meersbrook Bank Primary, Meersbrook; Monteney Primary, Parson Cross; Mundella Primary, Norton Lees; Norfolk Park Community Primary, Norfolk Park; Norton Free CofE Primary, Norton; Owler Brook Primary, Page Hall; Sharrow Primary, Sharrow; Southey Green Primary, Southey Green; Springfield Primary, Broomhall; Stannington Infants, Stannington; Stradbroke Primary, Stradbroke; Totley Primary, Totley, and Watercliffe Meadow Primary, Shirecliffe.

Five junior schools in the city - Dobcroft Juniors, Millhouses; Ecclesall Juniors, Ecclesall; Hunters Bar Juniors, Hunters Bar; Lydgate Juniors; Crosspool and Nether Green Juniors, Nether Green - were also oversubscribed. All but Ecclesall Juniors turned away pupils despite them living in the catchment area.

Catholic schools - Sacred Heart, Hillsborough; St Catherine's, Firs Hill; St Joseph's, Handsworth; St Marie's, Fulwood; St Patrick's, Sheffield Lane Top; St Theresa's, Manor; St Thomas of Canterbury, Meadowhead; and St Wilfrid's, Millhouses - were also oversubscribed, along with Clifford CofE, Nether Edge; Parson Cross CofE, Wadsley Bridge; Porter Croft CofE, Sharrow and Broomhill Infant Foundation School, Broomhill. These schools operate different oversubscription criteria.