Moving Primary School

All in year primary school requested must be completed on the In Year Fair Access form below. The form consists of two parts: the first part is completed by the parent/carer and the second part is completed by the current or last school that the child has attended. Three schools can be stated on the application form.

Once the form has been completed in full it should then be forwarded to each of the individual school preferences. The school(s) will review the form and there can be one of four outcomes:

  1. The school have a vacancy and there are no issues, then the school can offer the child a place and arrange admission and the child will start school.

  2. There are no issues with the application however the school is full. The school will then forward the application to the admissions team will process the application as an appeal. The appeal process is detailed below.

  3. There are issues with the application however the school are happy to take the child so arrange to admit the child and notify the LA inclusion team.

  4. The final option is that the child as issues which will make admission into school a difficult transition. In this case the school will put their objections and concerns in to writing and it may then be necessary for the application to be heard at a special meeting before allocating a suitable school placement.

It should be noted that the majority of applications will be covered in either category 1 or 2.

pdf icon In Year Primary School Application Form (paper copy) [117kb]

word icon In Year Primary School Application Form (Digital copy) [111kb] Please complete and email to

The in year primary school transfer form will be processed as an appeal form by the Admissions Team if the school is full and falls under category 2 above.

A statement will be prepared outlining the reasons why a place has not been offered at your preferred school(s). The two forms will then be forwarded to the Democratic Services Section which is responsible for arranging the Appeals Meetings. You will receive notification of the date of the meeting and will be invited to attend. The Appeals Panel will consider your submission, the Authority's statement and any other information made available to them at the meeting. A decision will be reached based on this information. Any enquiries relating to the date or time of the appeals meetings, the decision or the process of the Appeals Panels should be made to Democratic Services on telephone: 0161 253 5134.

  • The decision of the Appeals Panel is binding. If the decision is in your favour, then a place will be offered to your child and the school will be notified accordingly.

  • If you need any advice on this matter, please do not hesitate to contact us 0161 253 6474 and we will try to help.

  • If your child has a Statement of Educational Needs, you cannot appeal through this system to the Local Appeals Panel. If you do not live within Bury Council's area, you should contact the Special Needs Section of your own Local Authority. If you live in Bury, you should contact the Special Educational Needs (SEN) team on 0161 253 5969.

A list of all nursery and primary schools can be found below.


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