Reception Admissions

All applications for Reception places in Manchester schools are to be submitted via the Local Authority.  If you have a nursery place here, you are not guaranteed a Reception place here.  This is because nursery education is non-compulsory, and each individual school administers their own nursery.  Reception places are compulsory education and the Local Authority/Council administer these. 

Application Procedures


All parent/carers are required to apply to their home 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

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. Applications for admission to a nursery of a Manchester school/academy will be dealt with by the school, not by the LA. 

The Trust has adopted the Manchester City Council Admissions Policy for 2021-2022, 2022-23 and 2023-24

Click here for a copy of our Admissions Policy 2021-2022

Click here for a copy of our Admissions Policy 2022-2023

Click here for a copy of our Admissions Policy 2023-2024


As the Admissions Authority for the community and voluntary controlled schools in Manchester, the LA is required to draft, consult on and determine their admission arrangements.  Where there are more applicants than places available the LA will apply the admission arrangements in order to decide which applicants will be offered places.


Admission arrangements for voluntary aided schools, foundation schools, free schools and academies are set by their Governing Body, who are the Admission Authority for their establishment.  They are responsible for drafting, consulting on and determining their admission arrangements.  Copies of admissions arrangements for these types of schools/academies in Manchester can be found on the school/academy website and the LA’s website.  They are also available on request from the relevant school/academy and the LA.