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West Didsbury CE Primary School

West Didsbury CE Primary School

West Didsbury CE Primary School

Belonging...Believing...Becoming... ( Mark 4: 30-32 )






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Hannah Large - Head of School

I’m delighted to be able to welcome you to West Didsbury CE Primary. We believe the academic, creative and spiritual development of your child must always be at the heart of everything we do, and to that end we focus on an exciting, modern curriculum where children are encouraged and nurtured to reach high standards in all areas of learning.

Our vision is about Belonging, Believing, Becoming; where children feel a sense of Belonging to the school, to the community of West Didsbury and to God, Believe in themselves and in each other and Become well-rounded individuals who achieve the best for themselves and for society.

We are committed to teaching a broad and balanced curriculum where children not only take part in high quality lessons in maths and English but also have the opportunity to develop their skill, knowledge and understanding in the full range of National Curriculum subjects.  This is supplemented by our forest school and outdoor learning sessions, with school trips, and extra-curricular clubs, that challenge and nurture the development of our children. The carefully planned and structured curriculum which involves time for learning, creating, applying and practising new skills ensures a rich learning experience at West Didsbury CE.  This is something we are very proud of.


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So, you’ve been excited by the news that West Didsbury has a new primary school, and delighted that it will build on 400 years of outstanding education at Didsbury CE Primary. The next step is applying to get your children into the school. This is how admissions will work:

West Didsbury CE Primary School is a two-form entry primary school for children aged 4-11 years. In September 2015 we opened for 60 Reception age pupils, adding two new Reception forms every year until we become a thriving 420-pupil primary school by September 2022.

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 visit our website and download the form 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.

So 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 if applying for a place based on faith.
  2. Remember also to apply through Manchester City Council’s coordinated admissions process. Please contact them direct if you have not received details of this process.

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West Didsbury CE Primary School
Central Road
West Didsbury
M20 4ZA

0161 448 1611