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to Reception, Year 7 or Infant to Junior (Stalyhill)

(for admissions into different year groups or in year transfers please see information below)
The Online system will reopen for LATE Primary applications for Tameside Residents for admission to Primary School in September 2020 on 29th January

Coronavirus Outbreak – School Admission Appeals

Government has recently passed additional legislation outlining how the appeals process will need to be adapted in light of the Coronavirus outbreak.  This has resulted in current procedures and timescales needing to be altered and there have been unavoidable delays in the appeals process.  As a result of the additional legislation, we are now able to offer remote hearings and are currently making preparations for this.  Appeal hearings will resume from June onwards and will continue to take place throughout the Summer.  You will receive an appointment letter for your appeal at least 14 days in advance of your hearing date and this will include detailed instructions of how to join the hearing.
In the meantime, thank you for your continued patience.

Information for Primary School Offer Day

The national offer day for primary school places is 16 April 2020.  If you applied before the closing date, you will be able to log onto your online application and view the school that has been allocated to your child.  A letter will be posted 1st class on Friday 17th April

We understand that this can be a very stressful time for parents.  You may find the following information useful to know in advance of offer day.

Viewing your allocated school - The system can be accessed using the following link:

Can’t remember your password? - If you have forgotten your password, you can click on the ‘Forgotten your password’ link and a link will be sent so you can reset your password.

As you will appreciate, the phone lines can get very busy on offer day and the days following so here are our top tips:
  • Please don’t phone us to ask us to tell you what your allocation is over the phone. For data protection reasons, we are unable to give out that information over the phone.
  • If you are not allocated your first preference school, you will automatically be placed on the waiting list for that school and you can appeal to an independent panel.  You must do this either online or by downloading the online appeal form and returning it to Democratic Services.  Appeals cannot be accepted over the phone. Further details of how to appeal can be found on the school appeal pages.  Unfortunately, we are unable to support you in preparing your school appeal as the School Admissions Team may be presenting at the appeal on behalf of the school you are appealing for.
  • Under normal circumstances appeals are heard by 17 July however due to the Coronavirus pandemic the appeals process is currently under review.  Nevertheless it is our understanding that you will be informed at least 10 days in advance of the date of your appeal.
  • The last date for a request for an appeal to be heard as an “on time” appeal is  8 May 2020. If you submit an appeal after this date, it will still be heard but we cannot guarantee that it will be heard with the “on time” appeals and may be scheduled after those received by 8 May 2020.
  • You can find statistical information on how places have been allocated this year and in previous years on the School Admissions web page:
  • Details of your child’s position on waiting lists will be available from 18 May 2020 onwards.  Unfortunately, we cannot give any information on waiting lists before that date.
  • If a place becomes available at your preferred school and your child is at the top of the waiting list, your child’s allocated school will be amended.  Please note, this is an automatic process and we will not ask you first.  It is important, therefore to tell us if you do not wish to remain on the waiting list(s) for higher preference schools, if you are happy to accept your lower preference school.  Please send this request in writing (an email will do) to the Admissions Team.  Failure to do so will result in you losing the allocated school for a school you originally ranked higher.
  • Any requests to change your allocated school due to exceptional circumstances (e.g. if you have moved house) must be made in writing to School Admissions, Town Hall, Market Street, Hyde SK14 1AL or email: 

Admissions into Reception, Stalyhill Junior or Year 7 for September 2020

The online system will open for applications for TAMESIDE RESIDENTS for admission in September 2020 on the following dates:
Year 7 places 1 September 2019 (closing date 31 October 2019)

  • For children resident in Tameside who attend a Tameside Primary School, letters will be given out by the school early September explaining how to apply for a school place.
  • For children resident in Tameside who attend a Primary School in another authority,  a letter will be posted to your home address early September explaining how to apply for a school place. If you do not receive a letter, please contact the Admissions Team.

Reception and Stalyhill Junior places early November 2019 (closing date 15 January 2020)

  • Letters will be sent to Tameside residents who have put their child’s name down at a Primary School during October explaining how to apply for a school place.

If you live outside of Tameside but wish to apply for a Tameside School, you should apply through your current council.
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.
You should read the information booklet ‘Moving On’ for secondary Y7  applications or ‘Starting Out’ for primary reception and junior year 3 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  a lot more information you will need to look at before making your application. 
Please take the time to read the books 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.  You should check with the school as to what is needed. 
If you are applying for schools  outside of Tameside, please check with the individual school or local authority if you are required to provide any additional evidence.

Moving On pdf
Starting Out pdf

Primary Special Circumstances Form pdf
Secondary Special Circumstances Form pdf
Secondary Supplementary Information Form pdf

Top tips when moving into Reception and Year 7

The Children and Young People’s Partnership Forum have developed some top tips for parents for when your child is making the transition from early years setting to primary school and from primary school to secondary school.  Use the links below to have a look


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.



​Below are the dates for appealing a decision for the September ​2020 entry, this includes in-year transfers.

School​ type

Offer date​

Appeals to be lodged by

Appeals to be heard by
(within 40 school days)


02 March 2020

27 March 2020

22 June 2020


16 April 2020

08 May 2020

17 July 2020

Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or within 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is the later date.

You'll be sent notification of your app​eal hearing along with a copy of the school’s case at least 10 school days in advance of the hearing.​

If you wish to submit further evidence which was not included with your initial appeal, you must ensure that we receive it at least 3 working days before the hearing date. Any additional evidence or information received after this date might not be considered at the appeal hearing. The appeal panel will then decide whether it should be considered, taking into account its significance and the effect of a possible need to adjourn the hearing.

For guidance on appealing a decision, please click here

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. (0.12MB)


Admission Arrangements

Please use the following links for the full admission arrangements for every maintained school in Tameside.
School Admission Arrangements for the School Year,


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

Managed Moves

A managed move is the transfer of a pupil to another school on a trial basis, when the pupil is at risk of permanent exclusion and their behaviour is causing serious concerns. It enables a pupil to have a fresh start in a new school, with the support of their family and both their home and new school.

Managed moves last for 12 weeks and if the move is deemed to be a success, at this end of this period, the pupil will formally transfer to the proposed school. If, during this period, the move is unsuccessful, the pupil will return to their home school. The move requires the agreement of the pupil’s parent, the head teacher of the pupil’s current school, and the head teacher of the proposed school.

The current school and family need to share the view that the host school is likely to be able to offer something sufficiently different to make the managed move viable. This may be the size/location of the school or a new peer group/teaching team/curriculum, depending on the particular issues at the home school. 

The “Managed Moves Guide for Parents” includes advice what to expect at a managed move meeting and how to prepare for a managed move. 

The “Managed Moves Guidance for Schools” includes advice on setting up a managed move and the paperwork to record review meeting dates and progress.

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


Annual Report to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator:


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