Admission Policy for Crowcroft Park Primary School

Admission to Nursery

We provide 26 full time Nursery places for children who are aged three from 1st September to 31st August of the previous school year. Children cannot be admitted to our Nursery until they are three. We aim to have all our children admitted to Nursery by the end of September.

Parents and carers should contact the school office if they wish to place their child’s name on our Nursery waiting list.

Children’s names need to be on the Nursery Waiting List by the end of March, the school year before they are due to start in the Nursery. Parents and carers will receive a letter during April if their child has been offered a place.

Parents and carers need to accept this place by the deadline on the letter. Once the place has been accepted a transition program will be organised for your child. This is run by the Foundation Stage Team.

  • Places are not given out on a first come first serve basis.  
  • Each school has a set number of reception places on offer. Where the number of children applying for places is within the set number of places, then every child gets a place.  
  • Where there are more application than places, available, the following admission criteria will be used to decide who is offered a place. Starting with those children in category 1, places are then given out until the set number for the reception class is reached.

Category 1

Children who are looked after by a Local Authority

Category 2

Children with exceptional circumstances medical/social needs If a special medical or social need means there is only one school your child can go to, please indicate this in your application. We will then send you a separate form to complete and return, along with a letter from your doctor or social worker. A panel of officers will assess whether your child should be put in Category 2. Any category 2 forms without a letter from a doctor or social worker will not be considered.

Category 3

Children who have an older brother or sister attending the preferred school when they take up their place (but not in a sixth form) and living at the same address. This includes adopted siblings, step siblings and foster children.* *In the event that a Category 3 will cause a school to exceed its planned admission number (PAN), admissions will be prioritised according to the distance between the child’s permanent address and the school, measured in a straight line. Those children living nearest to the school will be admitted until all the places have been taken up.

Category 4

All other children will be prioritised according to the distance between their permanent home address and the school. Those children living nearest to the school will be admitted until all the places have been taken up.

How we calculate distance for Categories 3 & 4

We use a computerised measuring system to measure distance in a straight line from the centre point of the child’s permanent home address to the centre point of the school, as defined by the Ordnance Survey, the national mapping agency. Those living closer to the school will receive higher priority.

Some schools set their own policies for admission

  • Roman Catholic, Jewish and some Church of England schools are voluntary aided. The governors of these schools and academies are responsible for their own admission criteria to decide which children are offered places.  
  • In accordance with the School Admissions Code, voluntary aided schools must give top priority to children of their faith in Local Authority care. They can then give priority to other children of their faith, before considering other applicants.  
  • Academies have a duty to admit children in accordance with the Schools Admission Code. The academy’s governing body decides how places will be allocated.

Admission to Reception

Manchester Local Authority is responsible for admissions of all Reception places, including children already attending our Nursery. The Local Authority application forms must be completed by parents on-line, or parents can request a paper application form. This must be completed by the nominated date in December the year before your child is due to start Reception class. A late application could result in your child not getting a place at a school of their choice.

Admission to all other Year Groups

Manchester Local Authority manages these admissions.  Please contact Manchester City Council Admissions Team on: 0161 245 7166.  The City Council will then notify school and children’s names will be added to the school’s waiting list.  If places are available, the Council will notify parents who will then need to contact the school to complete an admission form and make an appointment to meet with the Admissions Team.


If you would like to apply for a school place online, please click on the link below for Manchester City Council Admissions: Manchester City Council Admissions