Archive | September, 2018

Have you applied for your childs secondary school place yet? Closing date to apply is 31st October 2018

14 Sep

Council leaders are urging families applying for their child’s secondary school to make sure they fill in their application forms before the closing date of 31 October 2018.

Parents will find out the outcomes of their secondary school application on 1 March 2019

Parents are entitled to express up to three preferences but some parents choose not to. Parents are always encouraged to use all three preferences in order to maximise their options. Putting down three preferences does not reduce the chance of parents getting their preferred option, but does provide alternatives should the preferred school(s) be over-subscribed.

Whilst Sheffield families continue to have a better chance than most of accessing one of their preferred schools – over 96% in this year’s intake – there is no automatic entitlement to a place at the preferred or catchment school. Families are encouraged to name their catchment school as one of their preferences as places cannot be reserved for catchment pupils where a positive preference for this school has not been expressed.

Applications have also opened for this week for primary school places. The deadline for online applications is 4 December and written applications on 15 January. Parents will find out the outcomes of their primary school application on 16 April 2019.

All secondary schools are holding open evenings throughout September and October where parents can obtain further advice and guidance.

If families need help with the form they should contact 0114 273 5790 or email ed-admissions@sheffield.gov.uk

The application form basics:

  • Forms are sent to the child’s home around a year before they are due to go to school.
  • Parents and carers will be told which their local catchment school is on this letter.
  • They are required to put down three preferences. Those applying for a faith school will have further forms to fill in.
  • The same criteria are applied to all school applications, with the exception of Faith Schools – with priority given to children in care, then catchment, then sibling and then feeder school.
  • Applications for secondary school are made a year before the child is due to start Year Seven. Again the same criteria apply and the forms should be filled in in the same manner to optimise parents’ and carers’ chances of getting the school of their choice
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“TALK LIKE A PIRATE WEEK” at Ecclesfield Library 15th – 22nd September 2018

13 Sep

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Watercolour Painting Course at Ecclesfield Library – Starts 1st Oct 2018

13 Sep

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Book Sale at Ecclesfield Library 14th Sept 2018

13 Sep

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Fund Raising Jumble Sale in Grenoside 22nd Sept 2018

13 Sep

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Stannington Story Festival 15th Sept 2018 – Lots happening and suitable for all ages

13 Sep

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South Yorkshire Police – Fraud Investigation Launched on Bogus Police Officers

6 Sep

Detectives in Rotherham have launched a fraud investigation following a series of incidents involving bogus police officers.

Operation Siberia was launched in response to numerous reported fraud incidents in Rotherham and Sheffield.

Officers received the first report in early July and Operation Siberia is now investigating 15 separate reports of fraud in Rotherham and Sheffield.

Victims report receiving a phone call from someone claiming to be a detective from New Scotland Yard, the Metropolitan Police or another force outside of South Yorkshire, investigating fraud in Rotherham.

The caller has gone on to say that a bank card has been used fraudulently and asked the victim to contact another number to provide their bank details. The call has been made from a withheld number.

Detective Sergeant Rob Cobley is investigating the series of linked incidents.

“Although it is easily done and I don’t want to criticise people for being trustworthy, I can’t stress enough how important it is not to give out personal details over the phone,” he said.

“Police officers will never ask for personal financial details and banks will never do this over the phone.

“If you have any elderly or vulnerable relatives, please do speak to them about fraud and remind them not to give their details out.”

DS Cobley said that of the 15 incidents, 13 had been reported in Rotherham and two in Sheffield. On four occasions, victims have gone to their banks to withdraw money. On one occasion, the bank would not allow the withdrawal of cash but in one instance, the victim was conned out of £12,000.

“If you, or if someone you know has received a similar call, please let us know so we can gather as much evidence as possible to bring the offenders to justice,” he added.

“Fraud is a cowardly and calculated crime and no-one should be taken advantage of and be made to feel so vulnerable.

“I’d hate to think that more people could fall victim to fraud so please share our advice far and wide.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 quoting Operation Siberia. You can also contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

There is information available about this type of fraud on the Action Fraud website here: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/fraud-az-courier-scam

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Showcase Folk sessions for the Autumn in High Green

4 Sep

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Whats on at Early Days Family Centre September to December 2018

3 Sep

Whats on at Early Days Family Centre September to December  2018

Serving Fox Hill, Parson Cross, Colley, Southey Green, High Green, Burncross, Chapeltown, Angram Bank, Grenoside and Ecclesfield

Please find attached a copy of the Early Days Family ‘What’s On’ Guide for September to December 2018.

Early Days Family Centre What’s On Sep to Dec 2018

For further information about the services and activities available in your local area please visit the Children and Families / Family Centre pages on the Sheffield Directory at www.sheffielddirectory.org.uk

Celebrating 50 Years of Stocksbridge Library – Events in Sept 2018

3 Sep

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Events are free – please book with staff at the help desk, by telephone on 01142734205, or email stocksbridge.library@sheffield.gov.uk