In-Year Admissions

In-Year Admissions (In-Year)
Applying for a place during the school year
Transferring from another school


Our Planned Admissions Numbers (PAN) is 30 for every year group. We therefore do not admit more than 30 children in any year group unless there are exceptional circumstances why we should do so. This is so that we can offer all of our children quality provision and a level of safety that is not affected by larger class sizes or overcrowding.

If you would like to apply for a place in our Reception class (after the start of the year) or in Years 1 – 6 because you would like your child to transfer from another school, you can contact the school directly to see if there are any places available. If we can offer you a place, you will be asked to contact Manchester City Council to complete your application or transfer papers. If we have a place available, you may be offered a place immediately.

If you have a number of children and would like them all to join the school, we may not be able to offer a place to all of your children at the same time. We may be able to offer some places immediately whilst your other children may have to be placed on the waiting list. Accepting a place for one child in one year group does not guarantee you places for the other children as other year groups may be full. There is no automatic right, including via appeal, for another sibling to be offered a place because one or more children from the same family have been offered places.  In this case, parents must consider how practical it is for your family to have children attending different primary schools. 

If we do not have a place available, you can ask to be placed on a waiting list administered by Manchester City Council. Children on the waiting list are prioritised according to the distance they live from the school. When a place does become available, the school or Manchester City Council will contact you.


If your child is not offered a place at this school, you have the right to submit an appeal. In doing so, you must present a very strong case as to why your child should attend this school rather than the one which has been allocated for them. Once you have submitted your appeal application, you will be invited to attend an Appeals Hearing and present your case to an independent appeals panel.  It is the Panel’s role to listen to your case and to decide whether or not it is strong enough for your appeal to be upheld (usually on the basis that the offer they have made is unreasonable) and the Local Authority obliged to offer you a place at the school.

Please note that the school cannot get involved in supporting parents’ appeals for places.  Parents cannot, therefore, expect the school to support an appeal or provide an argument that a child should attend this school rather than another school.  The fact that a child has attended our nursery (and has, we appreciate, established friendships and routines) is not usually a strong enough argument to uphold an appeal for a place in nursery.  In the interest of all pupils, the school is committed to maintaining class sizes at the planned admission number.  It strongly argues against admitting additional children beyond that number.  The school is asked to provide to the Appeals Panel a general statement with reasons why the school cannot accept admissions beyond the planned admissions number.  We believe that admitting any additional pupils would be detrimental to the quality of education we aim to provide at Northenden and may lead to over-crowding in our very small school.  Schools are invited to attend the Appeals Hearings as observers and to answer any questions the Panel may have for the school.

Infant Class Size Regulations

Infant Class Size Regulations 2012 limit infant aged classes (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) to 30 pupils per qualified class teacher. The majority of primary schools in Manchester have admission limits (Published Admissions Numbers) that are compatible with this law i.e multiples of 30 per qualified class teacher.  Should you be refused a school place and choose to appeal the decision, you should be aware that the threshold the law sets for infant classes is extremely high meaning very few appeals are successful.

Please contact the school for further information.

Local Authority Admissions Teams

Manchester City Council (Manchester residents)

Integrated Admissions
Children’s Services
Town Hall PO Box 532
Manchester M60 2LA
Tel : 0161 245 7166

Trafford MBC (Trafford residents)

School Admissions
Children’s and Young People’s Service
4th Floor, Waterside House
Sale M33 7ZF
Tel : 0161 912 5007

Stockport MBC (Stockport residents)

Admissions Team
Services to People
3rd Floor Stopford House

Stockport SK1 3XE
Tel : 0161 217 6028

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