Manchester City Council

The Council & democracy News - November issue

Reminder: it’s time to apply for primary school places

If your child is due to start school for the first time in September 2018, then you must apply now for your child's school place.

To make an application and to find out more go to:

If you're unable to make an online application, you can request a paper application form by calling 0161 245 7166.

All parents must apply for a reception class place for their child, even if their child is already attending a school nursery. A school place can't be allocated if an application isn't made.

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

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

You should list at least three schools on your application and rank them in order of preference. This is in case there are no places available at your preferred school.

Manchester operates an equal preference system to allocate school places. This means each school you list on your application is 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 ranked highest on the application form.

Once you decide which schools you want to apply for, it's vital you get your application in before the strict deadline of 5pm on Monday 15 January 2018.

Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Manchester City Council's Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure, said: "Choosing your child's primary school is a big step and you'll want to make sure you find out as much as possible about the schools you're interested in before you apply.

"Once you've done this it's vital to get your application in before the deadline.

"Late applications aren't dealt with until after all on-time applications, and parents stand far less chance of getting one of their preferred schools."

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