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Step 3 - apply for a primary school place

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Only residents of the Rochdale borough should apply using our online service. If you live in another local authority and you wish to apply for a Rochdale school, you must apply to your own local authority, specifying your preferred Rochdale schools. Your local authority will inform us of your application.​

If you wish to apply for an independent school, you'll need to apply directly to the school for a place.

Things to remember when applying online

  • Unless you've already registered in a previous year, you'll need to register for an account.
  • You'll need a valid email address as part of the registration process.    
  • Check you've received the confirmation email, this will prove that the application has been received.
  • Resubmit your application each time you log in to view or make any changes, otherwise your application won't be submitted. You'll receive a re-submission confirmation email each time you re-submit the application.
  • You can get FREE access to computers and the internet​ from any of the libraries across the ​Rochdale borough.
  • The benefits of applying online include: you'll receive confirmation of receipt of your application form and the offer will be sent to you by email so you don't need to wait for a letter.
  • For more guidance applying online, you can:

​​​​​​​A​​pply for a primary school place

Reception places for September 2019: apply for a reception school place between Monday, 1 October 2018 and Tuesday, 15 January 2019.

Register for an account and apply for a primary school place before 15 January 2019

In-year school transfers: if you'd like to transfer your child’s school during the school year, please complete an in-year transfer form. More about in-year transfers.

Children with Special Educational Needs: ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​if your child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or Education, Health and Care Plan (My Plan), the process of transferring to primary school is different. More about primary school places for children with special educational needs.

Step 4 - what happens after you apply for a primary school ​place​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


0300 303 0340

Phone: Monday-Friday 9am-4.45pm.

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