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How to search for schools on the Local Offer

You can narrow down your search for schools by choosing a category and then using the available filters.


Schools are divided into two categories.

Primary schools are schools for children between the ages of 4 and 11.
In Sheffield, there are also infant schools for children between 4 and 7, and junior schools for children between the ages of 7 and 11.
Some primary schools also have a nursery or pre-school for children from the age of 2 or 3. Details about nurseries or pre-schools are in the Childcare section of the Local Offer website.

Secondary schools are schools for children between the ages of 11 and 16.
Some secondary schools also have a sixth form for young people from the age of 16 to 18.
Colleges for young people leaving school at 16 are in the Transition into Adulthood section of the Local Offer website.



Once you have chosen the category of school you are interested in, you can refine your search using filters.

Local Offer age bands

  • Early years (0-4 years)
    The early years age band includes schools which have a nursery or pre-school.
  • Primary (4-10 years)
    The primary age band includes infant, junior and primary schools.
  • Secondary (11-16 years)
    The secondary age band includes secondary schools with or without a sixth form.
  • Transitions to adulthood (16+)
    The transitions to adulthood age band includes colleges and schools with a sixth form.


Local Offer provision type

  • Specialist
    These are schools and colleges for children with SEND who have an EHC plan. They include integrated resources within mainstream schools and special schools as well as specialist independent schools.
  • Universal
    These are mainstream schools for children of all abilities, including those with SEND. They include state schools and independent (private) schools.
    Independent schools can be selective, which means they can set their own entry requirements. Selective independent schools are listed under universal provision, unless they are a specialist school.



Here schools select their relevant special needs experience.
If a mainstream school selects any of the 16 conditions listed, it means that it has some experience of that condition. Staff may have training on the condition or they may teach students with the condition.
If a school offers specialist provision, then this filter indicates in which needs the school specialises.

Last Updated: 08/02/2021
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