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Final week to secure primary school places

11 January 2022

Councillor Rachel Massey standing in Number One Riverside offices.

Parents and carers of children across the borough who are due to start primary school in September 2022 only have a few days left to apply for their child's school place as applications close on Monday, 17 January 2022.

Children born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 are due to start school in September 2022.

Applying for your child's primary school place couldn't be quicker or easier thanks to the council's secure online application system.

'Applying late makes getting the school of your choice so much harder'

Councillor Rachel Massey, cabinet member for children's services and education at Rochdale Borough Council, said: "I want to remind all parents and carers how important it is to apply by the deadline, applying late makes getting the school of your choice so much harder. I also really encourage people to use all 4 preferences; putting only one preference will not guarantee a place at that school."

You can use your smartphone, PC or tablet and the system is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your convenience. Changes can be made to applications until the deadline and you can also track progress, meaning you don't have to wait for the letter to drop through the door, you will receive instant updates and notifications.

Applicants should be aware that:

  • You need to take time to consider 4 school preferences that you would be happy for your child to attend. 
  • You should use all 4 preferences as we allocate places based on demand and the number of places available.
  • You will not increase your chance of obtaining a place at any school by selecting only one preference, or the same school 4 times.
  • If you only state one preference for your child and a place cannot be offered, the council will allocate a place for your child at the next nearest school with spaces available.
  • Preferences as less likely to be met if applications are received after the closing date so please get them in before 17 January 2022.

Our online system is easy to use, but you can call 0300 303 0340 with any questions that you may have.

National primary school offer day will be on Tuesday, 19 April 2022.