You can apply online at www.rochdale.gov.uk/schooladmissions.
Before you apply for a primary or secondary school place, read the relevant information booklet to make sure you understand the admissions process and make the best choice for your child.
The policy of Rochdale LA is to admit pupils, on demand, up to a schools published standard admission number. Where there are more applications for a school than there are places available, places will be allocated giving priority to pupils in the following order:
i) Looked After Pupils (Children in Care to the Local Authority)
ii) Pupils with a medical/psychological condition that warrants placement at the school.
(If you intend to seek priority on these grounds a medical note from the child’s own Doctor must be submitted at the time of application. When this is received the case will be referred to either the Senior Clinical Medical Officer or the Principal Educational Psychologist for professional advice. If medical grounds are claimed after the allocation procedure has been completed it may not be possible to allocate a priority place using this criterion.)
iii) Pupils with an older sibling.*
iv) Any remaining places will be decided on the basis of proximity and ease of access to the school and other schools in the area.
Where pupils have a statement of special educational needs, that names a specific school, the LA has a statutory duty to admit those pupils.
*A sibling is defined as a brother or sister, or step-brother or step-sister living at the same address as the child for whom the application is being made and is in attendance at the school at the start of the academic year for which admission is sought.
Admission of pupils with disabilities
If your child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) the process of admissions is slightly different. The LA has to consult with your preferred school before it can be named on the Statement. Your child will not be disadvantaged in any way. At Parkfield School we work in conjunction with the LA to ensure that reasonable adjustments at a whole school level are made to meet the needs of our disabled pupils and visitors. Details of the facilities which we have to assist access to our school can be found in the school accessibility plan.
If children are not allocated a place, parents have the right to appeal. Appeals are heard by the Independent Appeals Committee according to the DfE Code of Practice.
We hold an annual Open Afternoon every October where prospective parents are offered guided tours by the School Council.
Parents are also welcome to visit the school at any time. To arrange visits to the school parents should contact the school office so that a convenient time can be arranged.
If you wish to transfer your child to our school during a school year, you'll need to complete an in-year transfer application form which can be found here, with further information, on the Rochdale council website.