1st July 2022



Last chance – don’t miss Monday’s deadline to apply for your child’s school place

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* Deadline for applications 5 pm on Monday 16 January 

Time is fast running out to apply for a primary school place for this September with a strict deadline of 5 pm on Monday 16 January.

Parents must apply NOW for their child’s place if they haven’t already and need to do so before the deadline to be in with the best chance of being offered a place at one of their preferred schools.

The easiest way to apply is on-line at: www.manchester.gov.uk/admissions

An application must be made for all pupils needing a reception class place. Current attendance at a school nursery doesn’t guarantee admission to that school’s reception class – an application must still be made. 

Parents are encouraged to make at least three preferences when they make their application, and to rank their preferred schools to show which would be their first, second, third preference and so on.

Manchester operates an equal preference system to allocate places – meaning each of the preferences parents list will be considered at the same time. If this shows a place could be offered at more than one school, the child will be offered a place at the school ranked highest on their application.

Councillor Sheila Newman, Executive Member Children’s Services for Manchester City Council, said: “Time is fast running out now to apply for a primary school place.

“Going to school for the first time is an important milestone in every child’s life, so parents will want to get it right, but they need to act now. Go online, have a look at the schools available and then apply – but don’t miss the deadline. 

“Standards of literacy and numeracy in the city are the highest they’ve been and more children than ever are attending a good or outstanding Manchester school. 

“Applying on time however is vital and gives parents the best chance of getting a school place for their child at one of their preferred schools.” 

Applications can also be made by post or in person. All applications must however be received by the deadline of 5 pm this Monday 16 January 2016.  

School place offers will be sent to parents/carers on 18 April. 

For more information and to make on-line applications visit www.manchester.gov.uk/admissions

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