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Information for Secondary School Offer Day

The national offer day for secondary school places is 1st March 2021.  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 also be posted to your address. 

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

Viewing your allocated school - You will receive an email to the email address you used to register at some point on 1st March.  In order to protect your child’s personal information, the email will give you a link to the online admissions system where you can log in and view your allocation.

Can’t remember your password? - If you have forgotten your password, you can click on the ‘Forgotten your password’ link and after answering the security question you set up at registration, an email will be sent to you with a link to change your password.

The phone lines can get very busy on offer day so here are some answers to questions you may have:

  • For data protection reasons, we are unable to tell you what your allocation is over the phone.
     
  • If you are not allocated your first preference school, your child will automatically be placed on the waiting list for that school. Details of your child’s position on waiting lists will be available from 6th April 2021 onwards.  Unfortunately, we cannot give any information on waiting lists before that date.
     
  • If your child is at the top of the waiting list and a place becomes available at your preferred school, your child’s allocated school is 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 to the Admissions Team.  Failure to do so will result in you losing the allocated school for a school you originally ranked higher.
     
  • If you are not allocated your first preference school, 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.
     
  • Appeals lodged prior to the deadline of 30th March 2021 are likely to be heard throughout May and June 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. The Government has passed additional legislation outlining how the appeals process will need to be adapted in light of COVID-19.  Therefore, 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.
     
  • 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, Tameside Council, PO Box 317 Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 0GS or email: schooladmissions@tameside.gov.uk

 
  • Parents wishing to be considered for a lower preference school or a school that does not appear on the online application may complete an Allocation Transfer Form available from schooladmissions@tameside.gov.uk  This form is processed as a second application and is therefore dealt with after all the late “first time” applicants.   Available places are allocated as soon as possible however, depending on the number of late applications received Allocation Transfer Forms may not be considered until sometime after May.    The form will be retained until a place comes up at the 1st preference school otherwise it will be processed in September.   If a place is still not available, the parent is offered the right to submit a transfer appeal in September.
     
  • You can find statistical information on the School Allocations in previous years’ page to see how places were allocated this year and in previous years.



Applications for in year school transfers

Applications for in year school transfers are open, however there may be a delay in processing your application. 

We do not advise transferring your child to a new school at this time because of COVID restrictions.

 

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.
 
  • School Admission Arrangements for the School Year 2020/21
  • School Admission Arrangements for the School Year 2021/22
  • School Admission Arrangements for the School Year 2022/23            
 
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 2020

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

15 January 2021

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

29 January 2021 The online admissions system opens for late Primary school applications

05 February 2021

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

​16 April 2021

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 2021, children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 are eligible to start school in September 2021.

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 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 2020

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

31 October 2020

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

13 November 2021

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

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

​1 March 2021

National Offer day.
 
If your child was born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010, they are usually due to transfer to secondary school in September 2021.
 
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 2020

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

15 January 2021

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

29 January 2021 The online admissions system opens for late Junior school applications

05 February 2021

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

​16 April 2021

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/Stalyhill-Jun-2021-Final.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 and complete the “Current School Information Form.” This form should be uploaded with your online application or emailed to schooladmissions@tameside.gov.uk Your application will not be processed until this form is received in School Admissions. 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.
 
Contact Information
Contact by Post

School Admissions
Tameside Council
PO Box 317
Ashton-under-Lyne
OL6 0GS
Contact by Telephone
0161 342 4004