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High School Open Evenings:  Following a discussion between secondary school head teachers and education and public health directors, it has been decided to deliver secondary open evenings differently this year rather than in person. Open Evenings in Tameside will move to an on-line delivery platform and will go live on Tuesday 5 October 2021. More information is available at this link and on individual school websites.

Starting a new school is an important time for children and young people and all school moves should be considered very carefully. Applications for school places are made using an online form, which is available on the Tameside Citizen Portal.  Please read the following information before you complete an admissions application.
 
There are four types of application: 

 
If a school has more places available than applications then all those children will be offered a place. If a school has more requests than places available, the admission arrangements are used to decide who gets the available places.  
 
Please use the following links for the full admission arrangements for every maintained school in Tameside.
   
For information on how we have allocated places at primary and secondary schools in previous years, please visit our allocation statistics page.

If you are not offered a place at the school(s) of your choice you will have the right to appeal against the decision. For information on school appeals, please visit our school appeals page and see the additional information below.
 

Admission into nursery classes in Tameside

Nursery place admissions are different from other applications and are made direct to the nursery provider.  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) pdf
 

How to Apply for a Primary School Place (Reception Application)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Tameside residents may use the Tameside Citizen Portal to apply for a Reception place however if you live outside of Tameside but wish to apply for a Tameside School, you should apply through the council website where you live.


Timetable for applying for a primary school place​​

1 November 2021

The online admissions system opens for primary school places​​​.​

15 January 2022

Closing date for applications.
Ensure you submit your primary school application before this date.​ Otherwise, you will need to make a late application.

31 January 2022 The online admissions system opens for late Primary school applications

04 February 2022

​​Last date for any changes to the address in your application.

​18 April 2022

National Offer day.
 
In Tameside, children start school in the September of the school year in which they will become 5 years of age, which means most children are 4 years old when they start school. For entry in September 2022, children born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 are eligible to start school in September 2022.

It is very important to read the Starting Out book, which explains the admission process in detail.  It provides advice on what you need to know before you make an application and how places are allocated including the admission policies for each school. For example, some voluntary aided schools ask for additional information to support your application, such as proof of church attendance or a baptismal certificate.  Similarly, 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. 

Tameside Primary School Special Circumstances Form pdf


The Starting Out pdf book also describes what happens after your application is submitted and what to do if you do not get your preferred school place offer on National Offer Day.  The “Starting Out 2022 Admissions Arrangements” document details the admissions arrangements in place for all Tameside Primary Schools for 2022.  This document should be read in conjunction with “Starting Out 2022”.

The Children and Young People’s Partnership Forum have developed some useful advice for parents when their child is making the transition from their early years setting to primary school: moving into primary school from early years settings (1.34MB)pdf

 
Apply for a Reception Place Online Click here to make an application
 

How to Apply for a Secondary School Place (Year 7 Application)

Tameside residents may use the Tameside Citizen Portal to apply for a Year 7 place however if you live outside of Tameside but wish to apply for a Tameside School, you should apply through the council website where you live.
 
Timetable for applying for a secondary school place​​

1 September 2021

The online admissions system opens for secondary school places​​​.​

31 October 2021

Closing date for applications.
Ensure you submit your secondary school application before this date.​ Otherwise, you will need to make a late application.

12 November 2021

​​Last date for any changes to the address in your application.

15 November 2021 The online admissions system opens for late secondary school applications

​1 March 2022

National Offer day.
 
If your child was born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011, they are usually due to transfer to secondary school in September 2022.
 
It is very important to read the Moving On pdf book, which explains the admission process in detail.  It provides advice on what you need to know before you make an application and how places are allocated including the admission policies for each school. For example, some voluntary aided schools ask for additional information to support your application, such as proof of church attendance or a baptismal certificate.  Similarly, 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. 
Secondary Special Circumstances Form pdf
Secondary Supplementary Information Form pdf

The Moving On pdf book also describes what happens after your application is submitted and what to do if you do not get you preferred school place offer on National Offer Day.

The Children and Young People’s Partnership Forum have developed some useful advice for parents when their child is making the transition from primary school to secondary school: moving into secondary school from primary school  pdf (0.02MB)

 
Apply for a Year 7 Place Online Click here to make an application
 
 

How to Apply for a Junior School Place (Infant to Junior Application)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Timetable for applying for a junior school place​​
​ ​ ​

1 November 2021

The online admissions system opens for junior school places​​​.​

15 January 2022

Closing date for applications.
Ensure you submit your junior school application before this date.​ Otherwise, you will need to make a late application.

31 January 2022 The online admissions system opens for late Junior school applications

04 February 2022

​​Last date for any changes to the address in your application.

​18 April 2022

National Offer day.
 
Stalyhill Junior School admits pupils from Year 3 through to Year 6 and it is the only junior school in Tameside.  The school admission arrangements for admission into Year 3 are available on the school website https://www.stalyhill-jun.tameside.sch.uk/ and on the Tameside Council website https://www.tameside.gov.uk/TamesideMBC/media/admissions/Admission-Arrangements-for-Stalyhill-Junior-School_6.pdf      The admission arrangements set out how places are allocated at the school and what happens if there are more applications than places available.  

The Starting Out  pdf book also describes what happens after your application is submitted and what to do if you do not get a place at Stalyhill Junior School on National Offer Day.

 
Apply for a Junior School Place Online Click here to make an application
 


How to Apply for an In-Year School Transfer

In-year transfers are applications for children wishing to move school during the school year.

If you want to transfer your child to a school in Tameside, you must apply through Tameside Council even if you live in another area. If you want to apply for a school in another area, you will need to contact that area for further details of what you need to do.

Before you make your application, you should discuss the impending transfer with your child’s current or previous school. Please visit the School Transfers web page for more information.
 
Apply for an In-Year Transfer Online Click here to make an application

 

School Admission Appeals
 

Coronavirus Outbreak – School Admission Appeals
The Government has passed additional legislation outlining how the appeals process will need to be adapted in light of COVID-19.


We are now offering remote hearings via Zoom Pro.  Once your appeal application has been submitted, we will aim to arrange a remote hearing as soon as is practicable.  You will receive an appointment letter at least 14 days in advance of your hearing date.  This will include detailed instructions of how to join the hearing via telephone or video conferencing.


​If you are unhappy with the school place your child has been offered, you have a right to appeal to the independent appeals panel.

If you are appealing for a voluntary aided school or academy your appeal will be forwarded to the relevant school.

You can only appeal for a school for which you have expressed a preference and have been refused.  Please note that no places are ‘held back’ for appeals. Parents of pupils with an EHCP have the right to appeal to the SEN Tribunal.


Appeal dates for September ​2021 entry (includes in-year transfers).

School​ type Offer date​ Appeals to be lodged by Appeals to be heard
Secondary 01 March 2021 30 March 2021 Appeals lodged prior to the deadline are likely to be heard throughout May and June 2021.
Primary 16 April 2021 14 May 2021 Appeals lodged prior to the deadline are likely to be heard from late June and throughout July  2021.

 

In line with temporary Coronavirus regulations, following the deadline for lodging an appeal, hearings will be arranged as soon as is reasonably practicable.  This will be before the start of the September term, wherever possible.
 
You’ll be sent notification of your appeal hearing, alongside relevant documentation, including details of how to join the remote hearing, at least 14 days in advance of your hearing date.
 
If you wish to submit further evidence, which was not included with your initial appeal application, you must ensure that we receive it at last 3 working days in advance of your hearing date.  You can send this to schoolappeals@tameside.gov.uk  Any additional evidence or information received after this date might not be considered at the appeal hearing.  The Independent 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 more guidance on appealing a school place decision, please click here
 

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

Previous reports can be viewed here:


OFSTED

For information on Ofsted and the way they inspect schools please click here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ofsted-is-changing-how-it-inspects-schools

 

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.

School exclusions: Please visit the School Exclusion web page for guidance on 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 successful 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.
 

Fair Access Protocols

Fair access protocols exist to ensure that unplaced children outside the normal admissions round, especially the most vulnerable, are offered a suitable school as quickly as possible and to ensure that all schools in the area admit their fair share of children with challenging behaviour.
 
The Primary Fair Access Protocol is here: 
The Secondary Fair Access Protocol is here: 
 
The protocol applies to all local authority maintained schools, community, voluntary aided, voluntary controlled and academies. It does not apply to maintained or private nurseries, independent schools, sixth form schools or colleges.
 
The operation of the fair access protocol is outside the arrangements of co-ordination and is triggered when a parent of an eligible child has not secured a school place under the in-year admission arrangements.
 
The fair access protocol applies to the following categories of children:
 
  • Children subject to a Child in Need Plan or a Child Protection plan, or having had a Child in Need Plan or a Child Protection Plan  within 12 months at the point of being referred to the protocol
  • Children living in a refuge or in any other relevant accommodation at the point of being referred to the protocol
  • Children returning from the criminal justice system
  • Children in alternative provision who need to be reintegrated into mainstream education or who have been permanently excluded but are deemed suitable for mainstream education
  • Children with special educational needs, disabilities or medical conditions (without a statement/education, health and care plan)
  • Children who are carers
  • Children who are homeless
  • Children in formal kinship care arrangements
  • Children of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers, refugees and asylum seekers
  • Children who have been out of education for two months or more
  • Children who have been refused a school place on the grounds of challenging behaviour and referred to the protocol in accordance with paragraph 3.10 of the School Admissions Code (2021)
  • Children for whom a place has not been sought due to exceptional circumstances
  • Children who have been out of education for four or more weeks where it can be demonstrated that there are no places available at any school within a reasonable distance of their home. This does not include circumstances where a suitable place has been offered to a child and this has not been accepted.
 

Initiation of the Fair Access Protocol

If a child who falls under one of the fair access categories is unable to find a school place, the local authority will initiate the protocol.  Parental preference will be taken into consideration. However, under the protocol, parental preference no longer applies, and the local authority can approach any suitable school and ask them to admit the child.  If a school does not want to admit the child, they can refer the case to the in-year fair access panel for consideration.
The panel will consider the circumstances of the case, taking account of both the needs of the child and the school. As these applications can be a little more complex, it may be up to 20 school days before the decision of the panel and the name of the school the child is to attend will be communicated to the parent.  Admission to the school should then be arranged within ten school days.
 
If your child is refused a place at your preferred school you have the right of appeal.  Where practical, your child should continue attending their current school whilst an appeal is being processed.

 
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