School Admissions


Click here to fill in an online application
to Reception, Year 7 or Infant to Junior (Stalyhill)

(for admissions into different year groups or in year transfers please see information below)


Admission into Year 7 for September 2019

The online application for secondary schools for September 2019 has now closed.  It will reopen on 15th November for late applications. Please use the link above to complete a late application.  Please read the Moving On booklet before completing your form.

Admission into Reception and Junior School (year 3) for September 2019

  •  The online application will open on 2nd November 2018
  • The closing date for applications is 15th January 2019.
  • For children resident in Tameside, who have put their child’s name down at a Tameside Primary School, a letter will be sent from the school at the end of October explaining how to apply.
  • For children resident in another authority you need to apply through your ‘home’ authority for a school place even if you wish to apply for a Tameside School.
  • Please read the Starting Out Booklet below before completing your application.

Further Information

  • 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 also read the information booklet 'Moving On'  for high school applications or 'Starting Out'  for primary school 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. 
  • Changes have recently been made to the oversubscription criteria for a number of high schools. Please take the time to have a look at the information in 'Moving On' and on individual school websites. Please note that some voluntary aided high schools and primary 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.
  • Click here to complete an online application form

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.


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.



​Below are the dates for appealing a decision for the September ​2019 entry, this includes in-year transfers.

School​ type

Offer date​

Appeals to be lodged by

Appeals to be heard by
(within 40 school days)


1 March 2019

29 March 2019

17 June 2019


16 April 2019

21 May 2019

30 July 2019

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

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:

Contact Information
Contact by Post

School Admissions Team
Hyde Town Hall
Market Street
SK14 1AL