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West Didsbury CE Primary School

West Didsbury CE Primary School


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 became a thriving 420-pupil primary school in  September 2021.

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.

The admissions applications process for Reception class entry in September 2023 closes on 16th January 2023.

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 below 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.

Although we are an academy school, we operate our admissions through Manchester City Council's coordinated admissions 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 which can be found at MCC Appeal Process