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Admission Arrangements


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Following a consultation Rochdale Local Authority have agreed the application process for community and voluntary controlled schools in the borough of Rochdale, for pupils starting in September 2017.

An overview of this information is noted below or you can follow this link to the Rochdale LA website.

What is the admission criteria?

​For community and voluntary controlled schools we allocate places in the following order:

​Where a child has a statement of Special Educational Needs naming a specific school, the child will be allocated a place before any other places are allocated.

The remaining applications are considered in the following order of priority:

  1. Children in the Care of a Local Authority.
  2. Children with exceptional medical needs or exceptional welfare considerations which are directly relevant to the school concerned.
  3. Children with older siblings attending the school.
  4. Children with church affiliation, only applicable to Voluntary Controlled Church of England Schools.
  5. Children eligible for the service premium.
  6. ​Proximity, where you live.

​​​​Details of the criteria, how they are applied and to which schools they apply to:

2017 - 2018 admission arrangements (937​kb pdf)​

Admission arrangements Cabinet Member approval.

Voluntary aided, foundation and academy school have their own admission policies so you should contact the relevant school or go to their website for more information.

Make a complaint

If you're not happy with our application process you have until the 15 May 2016 tomake an objection to the Office of the Sch​ools Adjudicator

How do I apply for a place?​

If you live outside the borough of Rochdale and want a school place at a Rochdale school you must apply through your home local authority.

If you live in the borough you canapply for a place online from September 2016. The closing dates and notification of decisions are as follows:

Applications startApplications endOffer made
Primary 1 September 2016 15 January 2017 17 April 2017
Secondary 1 September 2016 31 October 2016 1 March 2017

​Annual Report to The Schools Adjudic​ator

E​ach year Rochdale Council has to report to the Schools Adjudicator about school admissions and appeals for that school year. It also comments on how the Fair Access Protocol has been applied.