Secondary schools across the city are throwing open their doors over the next couple of weeks to prospective pupils and their parents to give a flavour of what life in their school is like.
Parents of children in their last year of primary school are encouraged to go along with their child and find out more about the schools they're interested in to help decide which ones they'd like to apply for.
Admissions are open now for applications to schools for next September. All parents must apply for a place for their child - a place can't be allocated for a child if an application isn't made.
Dates and times of open evenings and more information on the application process can be found on the council’s website at www.manchester.gov.uk/secondaryadmissions
Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Manchester City Council’s Lead Member for schools, said: "It's important that parents and children find out more about the schools they're interested in, and if possible, go along to an open evening to see first-hand what the school has to offer. 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."
The easiest way to apply for a school place is online.
Parents should have already received a letter with a unique identifying number for their child to speed up the online process.
Those who haven’t received one can still apply online – it will just take a few minutes longer to do.
Parents should apply list at least three preferences when they make their application, and rank their preferred schools to show which would be their 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 listed by a parent on their application form will be considered at the same time.
If, as a result of this, the system shows a place could be offered at more than one preferred school, the child will be offered a place at the school ranked highest by the parent on their application form.
Parents unable to make an on-line application can request a paper application form by ringing 0161 245 7166.