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Admission arrangements for 2017-2018

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Following a consultation we've agreed the application process for community and voluntary controlled schools in the borough of Rochdale, for pupils starting in September 2017.

What is the admission criteria?

​For community and voluntary controlled schools we allocate places in the following order:

​Where a child has a statement of Special Educational Needs naming a specific school, the child will be allocated a place before any other places are allocated.

The remaining applications are considered in the following order of priority:

  1. Children in the Care of a Local Authority.
  2. Children with exceptional medical needs or exceptional welfare considerations which are directly relevant to the school concerned.
  3. Children with older siblings attending the school.
  4. Children with church affiliation, only applicable to voluntary controlled Church of England schools.
  5. Children eligible for the service premium.
  6. ​Proximity, where you live.

2017​–2018 admission arrangements (1MB pdf)​​​​ ​– details of the criteria, how they are applied and which schools they apply to.​

​​Admission arrangements Cabinet Member approval.​​

​​Voluntary aided, foundation and academy schools

For other types of schools for example, voluntary aided schools, foundation schools and academies, each governing body has its own admissions policy so you'll need to check with the individual schools.

Find a school

Contact details for ​​all local nurseries, schools and colleges​​.​

How do I apply for a place?​

If you live outside the borough of Rochdale and want a school place at a Rochdale school you must apply through your home local authority.

If you live in the borough you can  ​apply for a place online from Thursday, ​1 September 2016. The closing dates and notification of decisions are as follows:

 Applications startApplications endOffer made
Primary1 September 201615 January 201717 April 2017
Secondary1 September 201631 October 20161 March 2017

Make a complaint

If you're not happy with our application process you have until 15 May 2016 to make an objection to the Office of the Sch​ools Adjudicator

​Annual Report to The Schools Adjudic​ator

E​ach year Rochdale Council has to report to the Schools Adjudicator about school admissions and appeals for that school year. It also comments on how the Fair Access Protocol has been applied.


0300 303 0340

Phone: Monday-Friday 9am-4.45pm.

Early Help and Schools​
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU