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Find a primary school

Primary school admissions open for a set period of time each year, with a deadline for when applications must be submitted. For children starting school in 2023, the deadline to apply was 15th January 2023. 

If your child is due to start school and you live in the Bury borough, you can apply for a primary school place online. The application will allow you to state your preferred schools and you can also apply for schools that are outside of the Bury area.

Apply for a primary school place

You must still apply for a school place for your child who is due to start school, even if you already have an older child who attends a nursery or school already.

Before applying online, we recommend you read the primary school admissions guide.

When you're ready to apply for a primary school place for your child, you can do this online. You'll be able to create an account, so that you can track the progress of your application. 

Alternatively, you can print and return a paper application to or post it to: Admissions Team, Children and Young People, 3 Knowsley Place, Duke Street, Bury, BL9 0EJ.

You might also be interested in school clubs for your child to attend before or after school, which you can find on The Bury Directory.

School supplementary information forms

Some schools may require additional information as part of their admissions criteria, which may mean you need to complete a supplementary information form available on this page or from the school's website.

Primary school admissions process

For children starting school in September 2023, the admissions schedule of important dates are:

  • 1st November 2022: applications open
  • October to December 2022: primary school open days
  • 15th January 2023: applications deadline
  • 17th April 2023:
    • allocation emails are sent from 9am to parents/carers who applied online
    • allocation letters are posted to parents/carers who applied by paper form
  • 15th May 2023: appeal deadline
  • May to July 2023: appeal hearings are held.

Applications submitted after 15th January 2023 will not be considered until on-time applications have been offered places first. 

School admissions policies and procedures

As the local authority for school admissions, the following information offers a guide to the policies and procedures we abide by: