Manchester City Council

The Council & democracy News - October issue

Don't miss secondary school admission deadline - 31 October

Got a child in Year 6 at primary school?

Starting secondary school in September next year?

Make sure you apply for your child's secondary school place before the strict deadline of 5 pm on Tuesday 31 October.

To make an application and find out more information on the application process go to: www.manchester.gov.uk/secondaryadmissions

If you are unable to make an on-line application, you can request a paper application form by ringing 0161 245 7166.

If you didn't manage to get along to the open evenings of the schools you're interested in, now is the time to get on the web and have a look at what they've got to offer before making your application.

All parents must apply for a place for their child – a place can't be allocated for your child if an application isn't made.

The easiest way to apply is online, and you should have already received a letter with a unique identifying number for your child to speed up the online process.

If you haven’t received this, you can still apply online – it will just take a few minutes longer.

You should list at least three school preferences on your application, and rank your preferred schools to show which would be your first, second, third preference and so on if places were available at those schools.

Manchester operates an equal preference system to allocate school places. This means each school you list on your application will be considered at the same time.

If the system shows a place could be offered at more than one preferred school, your child will be offered a place at the school you ranked highest on your application form.

Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Manchester City Council’s Lead Member for Schools, said: "Choosing a high school is a big commitment and a real investment in your child's future, so make sure you find out as much as you can before you apply.

"Once you've done this it's vital that you don't miss the admission deadline of 5 pm on 31 October. 

"Late applications are not dealt with until after all on-time applications, and you stand far less chance of getting one of your preferred schools."

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