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School Admissions 

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School transfers

For information on transferring your child to another school please use the following links:

PLEASE NOTE that it can take up to four school weeks to process a transfer application and where possible, your child should stay at their current school until you receive notification of a confirmed place in a new school.

Admission into Reception or Year 7 for September 2016

Late Applications

The deadline for submitting your Reception or Year 7 application for September 2016 has now passed.  You can still submit an online application but as you have missed the national deadlines, your application will be treated as late and processed after all the applications that were received on time. 

The deadline for Year 7 closed on 31 October 2015 and for Reception places closed on 15 January 2016.

The links on this page will give you all the information you will need throughout the application process, please add it to your favourites so you can come back here easily.

Further information is available is in ‘Moving On’ for secondary applications or ‘Starting Out’ for primary applications. These booklets give you details of all the schools in Tameside and the oversubscription criteria that will be applied if there are more applications than places available. There is also a lot more information you will need to look at before making your application. 

For September 2016, there are changes to the oversubscription criteria for a number of secondary schools.  View details of all the schools in the borough here and how they will allocate places for September 2016. Please take the time to have a look especially if you are applying for a voluntary aided school. Some voluntary aided schools will ask for additional information to support your application, for example, proof of church attendance or a baptismal certificate. Please check with the school what additional information is required.

Moving On is your guide to applying for a place in Year 7

Starting Out 976.94 KB PDF File A guide to applying for a primary school place in Tameside.

School allocations in previous years

For information on how we have allocated places at primary and secondary schools in previous years, please visit our allocation statistics page


For information on how to appeal, please see our guide: Appealing for a School Place - Guidance for Parents

Admission into nursery classes in Tameside

For information on how to apply for a place in a nursery class at a Tameside school please use the following link: Nursery Admissions.

Admission Arrangements

Please use the following links for the full admission arrangements for every maintained school in Tameside

Support for school age children

Free school meals

Please visit the free school meals web pages for information on if your child would be eligible for free school meals and how to apply.

Zero fare bus passes

Please visit the zero fare bus pass web pages for information on if your child would be eligible for a zero fare bus pass and how to apply.

School buses

School bus services in Tameside are provided by Transport for Greater Manchester. School bus timetables can be found on their website TfGM

Guidance on school exclusions

Exclusion from School

Annual report to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator

In accordance with the requirements of the School Admissions Code, the Council is required to submit an annual report to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator on aspects of the admission arrangements of the relevant schools in its area.

The Report to the School Adjudicator outlines a range of issues to do with school admissions in Tameside:
•How admissions arrangements serve the interest of looked after children and previously looked after children, children with disabilities and children with special educational needs

  • An assessment of the effectiveness of Fair Access Protocols and co-ordination including how many children were admitted to each school
  • The number and percentage of lodged and upheld parental appeals

Annual Report to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator 2015 140.52 KB PDF File

Annual Report to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator 2014 304.81 KB PDF File

Annual Report to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator 2013 201.01 KB PDF File

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School Admissions Team
Shirley House
5 Oldham Street
SK14 1LJ

Page last updated: 21 January 2016