The admissions applications process for Reception class entry in September 2024 closes on 15th January 2024.

Reception Admissions

West Didsbury CE Primary School is a two-form entry primary school for children aged 4-11 years. Every September we welcome 60 children into our reception class. Pupils are admitted in the September of the academic year in which they turn five.

Admisison Criteria

As a Church of England Free School, we will admit up to 50 per cent of pupils to Reception on the basis of faith, and at least 50 per cent to community applicants without reference to faith.

What does this mean?:

30 places will go to “faith applicants” - children of the Christian faith who regularly attend a Christian Church which is part of ‘Churches together in England.’ Priority will be given to children who worship at St James and Emmanuel, Didsbury; Christ Church, West Didsbury; St Christopher’s, Withington or St Nicholas’, Burnage. This will be established by a church leader’s reference, please download the Reference Form on this page, if you think your child qualifies.

Thirty places will also go to children who live in the community, and their admission will be based on geographical criteria. In both criteria, children with a statement of special educational needs naming West Didsbury CE Primary School, or looked after children, will be admitted first.

In Year Applications

Parents and carers who would like to enroll their child at our school at another age group, may request a place through the local authority.

Application Procedures

In order to apply for a place at West Didsbury CE Primary you need to do two things:

  1. Apply directly to the school using the downloadable form.  Don’t forget to fill in the additional Faith Leader's Form below if applying for a place based on faith.
  2. Remember also to apply through Manchester City Council’s coordinated admissions process, as detailed below. Please contact them direct if you have not received details of this process.

Although we are an academy school, we operate our admissions through Manchester City Council's coordinated admissions process.

All parent/carers are required to apply to their home Local Authority (LA) regards of where the school/academy they are applying is situated.  Manchester residents will apply to Manchester LA.  The LA will liaise with other Admissions Authorities in Manchester and other LAs where required.  Manchester LA will inform parent/carers in writing of the outcome of their application.

Application forms are available from www.manchester.gov.uk/admissions and can be requested by phone on 0161 245 7166.  They should be returned to:

Integrated Admissions Service
Manchester City Council,
P.O. Box 532,
Town Hall,
M60 2LA



These admission arrangements apply to applicants seeking a place in Reception up to year 6.

You can view our full Admissions Policy on our Policies page, see the quick link at the bottom of this page.

Admission arrangements for West Didsbury are set by our Governing Body.  We are the Admission Authority for their establishment.  Our Governing Body are responsible for drafting, consulting on and determining our admission arrangements.  

Appeals Process

Should you wish to appeal because your child has not been offered a place in your preferred choice of school please follow the Manchester City Council appeals procedure.

The appeals process for children in Reception to Year 6 is managed by Manchester City Council. Please refer to their website for more information.

Manchester School Admissions can be contacted on 0161 245 7166 or by visiting the Manchester City Councils admissions website.

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