Pathways Academy provides full time education for children from 5 years to 11 years.

Foundation Stage – Nursery and Reception

(3 and 4 years)

At Pathways, children aged 3 and 4 years are educated in the Nursery (FS1). Our Reception unit is a 60 place unit and a new cohort starts every September.

Parents wishing to put their child’s name down for Nursery may do so once that child has reached the age of two and a half years. Children are then admitted according to their birth date unless there are exceptional circumstances.


In Nursery we admit children from the age of rising 3 (the term before their 3rd birthday) if the child has FEL funding and also the 3 year old the term following their 3rd birthday. The Nursery is staffed by one teacher and 2/3 teaching assistants (dependent on Nursery numbers) and has places for 78 children on either a half day basis or 2.5 days per week. Within the Nursery, we aim to offer a caring and stimulating environment for young children.


For each eligible 2, 3 and 4 year old child, Sheffield LA will fund a maximum of 15 hours per week for 38 weeks per year. Your child is entitled to claim Free Early Learning (FEL) funding for a minimum of 2.5 hours in any one day. If we are unable to offer 15 hours per week you are entitled to claim the remaining hours at another provider.

Enquiries about the Nursery can be directed to Tracy Crossland (Academy Manager) by telephone on 0114 231 0044 or via email:


Children are admitted into Academy full time as Reception children.
After Reception, during the primary years, children are referred to as Year 1 and 2 (Key Stage 1) or Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 (Key Stage 2).

Academy admissions

The academy has an admission number of 60 for reception. When there are more than 60 applications the Local Authority, allocates places to prospective pupils in the following order of priority:

  • Children who are allocated to the Academy with a statement of special educational needs, or to those children who are who are looked after by the Local Authority;
  • Children who live in the catchment area of the Academy;
  • Children who have brothers and sisters in the Academy;
  • Children who do not fit into the four preceding categories.

Please note that there is a right of appeal to the Local Authority for those who are not offered places and that the parents of any child who has a Nursery place must still apply for admission to Academy subject to the regulations as outlined.

How to apply

For further information on admissions and how to apply, please click here.

Admissions Policy 2018-19

Appeals process

For Admissions Appeal guidance, please click on the links below:

School Admission Appeals Guidance for Parents and Carers

Appeal Form

The Department for Education’s appeals code can be found here.

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