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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)  

Coronavirus Outbreak – School Admission Appeals

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.


Admissions into Reception, Stalyhill Junior or Year 7 for September 2021

The online system will open for applications for TAMESIDE RESIDENTS for admission in September 2021 on the following dates:
Year 7 places 1 September 2020 (closing date 31 October 2020)

  • 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 2020 (closing date 15 January 2021)

  • 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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