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:
- Children in the Care of a Local Authority.
- Children with exceptional medical needs or exceptional welfare considerations which are directly relevant to the school concerned.
- Children with older siblings attending the school.
- Children with church affiliation, only applicable to voluntary controlled Church of England schools.
- Children eligible for the service premium.
- 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 start||Applications end||Offer made|
|Primary||1 September 2016||15 January 2017||17 April 2017|
|Secondary||1 September 2016||31 October 2016||1 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 Schools Adjudicator
Annual Report to The Schools Adjudicator
Each 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.