Children are accepted into school in the September of the school year in which they reach their fifth birthday.  Places are allocated by the Local Authority (LA).  Parents wishing to put their child’s name down for a place should contact the school to have their child’s name entered on the admissions register.  Parents of children who have registered are sent a letter detailing how to apply and an invitation to an ‘open morning’ at the school approximately eleven months before their child is due to start school.  Parents are informed of the outcome of their application by the LA.  Parents have the right to appeal to the LA if they are not granted a place at the school of their choice.

Parents who are allocated and accept a place at St Anne’s are invited into school, with their child, in the summer term prior to the September admission.  At this meeting a ‘Welcome Booklet’ is distributed containing up to date information on the school and parents and children meet the Reception class teacher and teaching assistant and the children spend time in the Reception classroom.

Throughout the time of a child’s attendance at the school, it is essential that contact information (address, emergency contact etc) is kept up to date.

For the first week of the autumn term the new children attend on a half-day basis, alternating weekly between morning and afternoon sessions.   The children do not stay full time, or for lunch, until the second week.  This system is operated to make it easier for the children to settle into full-time school.

Parents who wish to transfer their child from one primary school to another are asked to consult the headteacher of their child’s current school for a transfer form and advice.

The admissions procedure for the school is administered through the Local Authority.

Details of the LA’s admissions procedures/policy can be found at:-

 Tameside MBC Admissions


The website enables you to fill in an online applications for our school.

It also provides information on:

  • School transfers
  • Admission into Reception
  • How places are allocated
  • The appeals procedures
  • Free School Meals
  • Zero Fee Bus Passes