Admissions to Primary and Nursery School
Should you wish to join our school mid-way through the year, this is called an In-year Admission, and all applications must go through the local authority admissions team, please click this link and you will be directed to the appropriate page. Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions about transfering to Sherdley.
Timetable for new admission to Primary Schools in September 2021 is as follows:
September 2021 – The website www.sthelens.gov.uk/admissions is open for all parents who wish to apply online. A copy of the Primary Admissions Booklet and application form are available for parents to view or download from the above website.
15 January 2021 – Closing date for the submission of online applications or the return of paper application forms.
16 April 2021 – If you submit a paper application, a letter will be posted to you notifying you of the place allocated to your child. If you apply online, you will receive an email at approximately 8.00am on the 16th of April 2021.
June/July 2021 – Appeal hearings for parents whose preference(s) cannot be met.
If you are appealing you lodge your appeal by completing the appeal form which is available from the Local Authority.
All allocation of places is managed centrally by the Admissions Department of the Local Authority. Their telephone number is
The school has an admission number (i.e. the number of places available). The number for the school is published in the Primary Admission Booklet.
If more applications are received than the number of places available at a school, then it means the school is oversubscribed. When this happens, the oversubscription will be applied in order to decide how places will be allocated.
Criteria for admission to Primary School is as follows:-
- *Looked after children and previously looked after children;
- Children who have a brother or sister at the school at the time of likely admission. This includes full, half or stepbrothers and sisters, adopted and foster brothers and sisters, or a child of the parent/carer’s partner and, in every case, who is at the same address and is part of the same family unit;
- Children whose parents express a preference for a place at the school.
*A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a Local Authority, ot (b) being provided with accommodation by a Local Authority in the exercise of their Social Services functions (under section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989). A previously looked after child is one who immediately moved on from that status after becoming subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order.
Oversubscription criteria for Nursery
Please note that having an elder brother/sister in the school to which the nursery unit is attached is not taken into account when allocating places. If more applications are received than the number of places available, the Local Authority will use the following criteria, in order of priority, deciding how places will be allocated:
- looked after children and previously looked after children;
- children resident within St Helens who have been identified as a Priority Nursery Applicant under the Local Authority’s Priority Nursery placement procedure;
- children resident in the Borough of St Helens
- children resident outside the Borough of St Helens
For information about nursery and primary education, the Authority publishes two booklets entitled ‘Nursery Education – Information for Parents’, and ‘Admission to Primary Schools’ which are available, free of charge, from School or from the Community Education Department, Atlas House, Corporation Street, St Helens WA9 1LD. It is also available in public libraries or online www.sthelens.gov.uk/schools-education/school-admissions/nursery-schools/