Procedure for Admissions – Information for September 2018
Please note: For Derbyshire residents, the Derbyshire online system tends to be a bit harder to navigate than the Staffordshire system because the Derbyshire system is not geared for Middle School transfer.
For Parents who live in Staffordshire:
The Staffordshire Local Authority “First to Middle” Admissions Information Booklet 2018 is available below. This contains all the information you will need to apply for a Middle School place. It gives full details of the Admissions Policy and procedures, including how school places are allocated. To download the booklet:
You may need to install Adobe Acrobat Reader to be able to read it. This is free software available from: this link.
Alternatively, to apply for a school place online:
For online admissions.
The deadline for school admissions applications is January 2018 but it is still worth applying even now this deadline has passed. Please inform your child’s present school of your decision. The Local Authority Admissions Department will offer definite school places to parents around 16th April 2018 based on the criteria in the Staffordshire “First to Middle” Admissions booklet.
If you live in Staffordshire but outside our school catchment area, please contact Oldfields Hall Middle School office on 01889 562770 or the Staffordshire Local Authority (LA) School Admissions Department on 01785 278593.
For Parents who live in Derbyshire
Moving to a Middle School from a Derbyshire Primary School counts as a “Junior Admission”.
A co-ordinated admissions scheme operates and parents must complete their application via their “home” Local Authority. Derbyshire School Admissions confirm that a Junior Application form is available via their website for Year 4 transfers to Year 5, e.g. to Oldfields Hall Middle School.
Click on the link below for the Derbyshire School Admissions website.
See “Apply for a junior school place” – second paragraph:
Alternatively, contact the Derbyshire School Admissions Team on 01629 537479 during office hours.
The closing date for Middle School applications for both Staffordshire and Derbyshire is January 2018. This is a national date. Offers of school places will be e-mailed to those parents who have applied online around 16th April 2018.
Do I have a chance of getting a place for my child if I live outside Oldfields Hall Middle School’s catchment area?
Our Planned Admissions Number limits admissions to 132. All children whose families applied for a school place before the January 2017 deadline at Oldfields Hall Middle School in September 2017 were successful. This includes around 25 students who live in Derbyshire or outside our catchment area.
Some of our current year groups however are currently full, please telephone the school office if you require further information.
If you live in Staffordshire, you can find out if you live in our school catchment area by calling Staffordshire Student Admissions on 01785 278593. About one fifth of current Oldfields Hall students live outside our catchment area, because parents have expressed their choice on the application form and were successful in gaining a place here. However, free school transport is only available to children living in our catchment area, so if you live too far for your child to walk to this school, then you would need to pay for transport or make school transport arrangements yourself if you were offered a place at this school.
Staffordshire LA has a free and impartial service to answer any of your questions about choosing a school and it is a good idea to contact them. You can e-mail email@example.com or telephone the School Choice Adviser on 01785 278992 during office hours.