The Steiner Academy Hereford is an all-through school with provision for children from rising 4 to 16. There is an admission limit of 26 places per Class, which indicates the maximum number of children who would normally be admitted to that Year Group.

The Academy Trust is responsible for all admissions to the school. Any parent considering applying for a place is advised to ensure that they are familiar particularly with our published admission arrangements (2015 Admission Arrangements can be downloaded here).

They also should ensure that the education that is on offer at the Steiner Academy Hereford meets their expectations before applying for a place. Details of opportunities to visit the school are published on the school’s website. We urge you to attend one of our open events before requesting an application form, which is available from the school’s admissions secretary:

Admission to pre-statutory provision

The Steiner Academy includes 20 places in our pre-statutory provision for rising 4 year olds. Prospective parents/carers should register their interest in a pre-statutory place for their young child with the school’s Admissions Secretary. They then will receive an invitation to attend an information morning in early February to find out more about what is on offer in a Steiner Kindergarten. The relevant application form will be available at this event. The closing date for pre-statutory places is the last day of February. Pre-statutory places are allocated broadly in line with the school’s over-subscription criteria – see below. Parents are notified in writing no later than the end of the Spring Term Note: Children who have been allocated a pre-statutory place cannot be guaranteed a place in the Academy when they reach Reception/Rising 5. They must go through the formal Rising 5 application process in order to secure a statutory place in the Academy.

Admissions at Reception/Rising 5

The main point of admissions to the Steiner Academy is at Reception/Rising 5. Once a child has been allocated a place at Reception/Rising 5 that child is guaranteed a place throughout the school. Admissions at Reception/Rising 5 are coordinated by the LA and all applications must be made on Herefordshire Local Authority (LA) common application form or online at:- >Education and Learning > Apply for a School Place > Reception Class Admissions page.

If you live out of Herefordshire, please apply via your Local Authority.

The completed form must be returned to the LA by the middle of January in the following calendar year. The LA then forwards the completed applications that put the Steiner Academy Hereford as the preferred choice to the school for our Admissions Authority to rank them in accordance with our oversubscription criteria. At the end of April the LA informs the parents as to whether their application has been successful or not. If your child is allocated a place at Reception/Rising 5, the school sends a letter of confirmation and after the school has received written acceptance of the place, one of the kindergarten teachers will make contact to arrange to meet with you and your child. If your child’s application for a place is unsuccessful you will have the right to appeal or request the school place your child’s name on the waiting list.

In Year Transfers

All admission applications for children already of statutory school age are referred to as ‘In Year Transfers’. An In Year Transfer application form is available from the school’s Admissions Secretary.   An offer of a place will usually be made if there is a space in the relevant class. If your child is not offered a place you can appeal. You also have the right to add your child’s name to the waiting list where it will remain until the end of June of the current school year.

Waiting Lists

The school holds a waiting list for each class that is full. This waiting list is maintained for the current school year. In order for your child’s name to be transferred onto the new waiting list for the next school year you will need to complete a new application form before the end of June. A child’s position on the waiting list is ranked in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.

Oversubscription criteria 2015-16

After the admission of pupils with statements* of Special Educational Needs where the SAH is named on the statement, the oversubscription criteria, as listed below, will be applied in the following order:

  1. Children in the care of a Local Authority at the time of application, or whose care has ceased because he/she has become adopted or the subject of a residence or special guardianship order.
  2. Children attending the pre-statutory early years provision at the Academy at the time of application and whose age entitles them to transfer to a Reception Year Group in the September following application.
  3. Children with a sibling on roll at the Steiner Academy Hereford (see Section 6.6 Siblings and 6.8 Home address).

Note:Siblings include not only natural brothers and sisters but also step-brothers/sisters, or brothers/sisters who have been legally adopted, so long as they are living at the same address as the family unit. However, cousins or other relatives at the same address will not be given priority.

4.Children of school staff who have been employed at the Academy for a minimum period of two years at the time of application; children of a new appointee where there is a demonstrable skills shortage for the vacant post.

5. Children who are entitled to Free School Meals at the time of application. Parents must provide a copy of the LA letter that states that the child is registered for FSM at the time of application.

6.Children not satisfying a higher criterion.

  Note: Proximity for this purpose being the distance calculated on a route measurement as used by the LA between the main gate of the school and the front door of the child’s permanent home. In the case of multi-level dwellings such as flats, the staircase will be included in the distance measurement.

Note * Children with a statement of Special Educational Needs which names the Steiner Academy Hereford will be offered a place above all other applicants, except in cases where the Academy cannot meet the specific special educational needs and which would either be incompatible with the provision of efficient education for other children, including the children with whom he or she would be educated, or an efficient use of resources.

If your child has a statement any application for a place at SAH must be made via the LA in the County in which the child lives, who in turn must consult with Hereford LA and the Steiner Academy.


Applicants who are refused a place for their child(ren) at the Steiner Academy Hereford will have the right to appeal by setting their case before an independent appeal panel. Full details of this process will be set out in the letter notifying applicants of the Admission Committee’s decision. Appeal Forms are available from the Admissions Secretary:

The information and appeals form can also be downloaded from here:

The Appeals Process
Appeals Timetable 2015-16
The Appeals Form

Note: Prospective parents/carers can find out more about the uniqueness of the Steiner Academy’s offer at one of the school’s open events.

Please refer to the Admissions Arrangements 2015-16 if you are considering admission for the current school year(2015-16).

Please refer to the Admissions Arrangements 2016-17 if you are considering admission for the  next school year (2016-17).

The appeal deadline for Reception starting September 2016 is 16 May 2016. The appeal form must be submitted to the LA or to the school.  Appeal hearing will take place within 40 school days of the appeal deadline

Please refer to theAdmissions Arrangements 2017-18 if you are considering admission for the school year (2017-18). 

Notes to accompany the Admission Arrangements 2016/2017

‘DfE Guidance on summer born children now allows parents to request that their child starts school a year later. In effect this provides an opportunity for summer born children to become one of the oldest children in their year group/start school a year later.

Please note:  if a summer born applicant is offered a place and SAH’s Admission Authority supports a request to defer entry, the family must apply again the following year.

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