School Places / Admissions

As well as our traditional entrance points to our Nursery and Reception classes each September, we welcome new pupils throughout the year if we have available space in the appropriate year group. Each year group has two forms of 30 pupils, apart from our Nursery which has one form of 30 pupils. We would encourage you to take a look at our website to find out more about us, and call us to make an appointment to visit and look round to help you decide if The Deans Primary is the right school for your family.

In Year Admissions

We can tell you if we have spaces in the year group relevant to your child/children, however, the school has no control over the application process, and we do not know if there are applications in process at the time of us giving out this information. Parents can apply for a place for their child at any school in Salford by making an application through Salford local authority.

Applications for a place in a Salford school are made through the local authority family portal – access to the family portal, along with more information about the application process, is available here.

The school admissions team will aim to process the application within a maximum of 20 school days, and alert you to whether your application has been successful.

Start of Year (September) Admissions Procedures for Nursery and Reception

Currently we have one Nursery class of 30 pupils, and two Reception classes of 30 pupils each that are open to new pupils every September.

You can apply for a place for your child in our Nursery class if they will turn 3 years old before the 1st September that year.

You can apply for a place for your child in our Reception classes if they will turn 4 years old before the 1st September that year.

If your child is due to go into any of the above groups the procedure is as follows.

If your child is due to join Nursery or move into Reception, applications must be received by 15th January and you will be notified of a place on 16th April of the year of admission.

Parents can find all admissions information and also apply online at:

All applications from Salford residents should be sent to the School Admissions Team by the above dates, even if they are applying to out of area or independent schools.

Summer born children starting school – deferred entry.

A parent or carer has a legal right to request that a school delay or defer their child’s entry to reception. For further information concerning this please see the government information here:

All initial enquiries for this should be made to the admissions team at the Local Authority, who will direct the request accordingly, and who will ultimately decide whether they can accommodate this request.

Who do I contact for more information?

If you have any further queries or require additional information, please contact the Admissions and Exclusions Team here.

As far as possible, Salford’s Admissions and Exclusions Team will try to meet parental preferences for schools but it is not always possible to do so. Places in schools are limited by the physical space in the school. Each school has an admission number which is based on the size of the school. If the number of pupils requiring places at that school exceeds the admission number then not everybody will be successful in obtaining a place there. This is what we mean when a school is said to be oversubscribed.

If the school is oversubscribed the places will be allocated according to the following admission criteria:

Admissions Criteria

Looked after children and previously looked after children – This includes children who have ceased to be looked after because they have been adopted or become subject to a special residency order or special guardianship order.


Children in need – as defined by the Children Act (1989), ie those who are unlikely to achieve or maintain or have the opportunity of achieving or maintaining a reasonable standard of health or development or a child/children whose health or development would be further impaired without the provision of services of the local authority. Applications under this criterion would need to be supported by an appropriate professional stating that attendance at a particular school is essential. Please see below for further information.


Medical reasons. If claiming medical reasons, parents/carers must provide evidence from the doctor that the child has a medical condition which means that admission to a particular school is essential. Please see below for further information.


Older brother or sister in attendance at the school at the date when the pupil is to be admitted. This includes step-children and foster children living with the same family at the same address. Other children may be considered under the sibling criterion provided proof is available to demonstrate that the children are permanently resident at the same address as part of the same family unit. The authority accepts that in some family units children may not be natural brother or sister.


Children living nearest to the school – The distance will be measured in a straight line using Local Land and Property Gazetteer information (LLPG) to measure the distance from the address point of the child’s home address and centre of the school in miles. Those children whose home address is closest to the school will be those who get priority for places.



Where there are more children in one particular criterion than the number of places available, places will be allocated to the children whose home address is nearest the school. The distance will be measured in a straight line using LLPG information to measure the distance between the address point of the child’s home address and the centre of the school in miles. Those children whose home address is closest to the school will be those who get priority for places.

No child can automatically transfer from nursery to a reception class. Where a school has more applications than places available in the reception class, they must be allocated using the published admission criteria. Children who have attended the nursery will be considered on the same basis as those who have not.


Children in need

In Salford, children who would be eligible for this criterion are those who are at level 3 and have ongoing social worker involvement, and all at level four on the ‘Thresholds of needs and response in Salford’. For children resident in other local authorities, contact will be made with the child’s social worker to confirm that the child’s level of need falls within these boundaries of the Salford thresholds. Salford LA must have confirmation of an applicant’s level of need from an appropriate professional before they will be considered under this criterion.


Medical reasons

Applicants under this criterion will be required to submit a medical form completed by an appropriate medical professional. Forms are available from the school admissions team. These forms will be placed before the medical panel, consisting of a consultant paediatrician, school health lead nurse, educational psychologist and two headteachers. The medical panel will consider all applications under this criterion and whether attendance at the preferred school is essential based on the child’s medical condition. Attendance will be deemed essential by the panel where, due to the child’s medical needs, the location of the school, the school building, or the support it is able to offer the child is unique in meeting the child’s needs and cannot be provided by another school. Parents will be informed of the panel’s decision before places are allocated, so that where necessary they may change their preference schools.

Children considered as having a medical need to attend a school may include children with significant special educational needs, but without a statement or education, health and care plan, who require a carefully planned transition into school. These children will still be required to provide evidence to be considered by the medical panel as above.


The child’s home address

The child’s home address is considered to be the child’s parent/carer(s) place of residence, that is to say, where they are normally and regularly living. If parents are separated and the child spends time at each parents’ address, the address which will be used for admission to schools is that of the main carer. The main carer is determined as the parent who is in receipt of child benefit. If a child is resident with friends or relatives for reasons other than guardianship, the friend or relative’s address will not be considered.


Temporary addresses

The authority may at its discretion consider as genuine a child’s temporary address where, for example, the child is living with his/her parent/carer(s) in temporary accommodation due, for example, to their parent/carer(s) working commitments, whilst they are seeking a permanent address in the same area. If the parent/carer(s) main address has changed temporarily, for example where a parent/carer resides with extended family during a period of sickness or takes up temporary accommodation due to building or renovation work, then the parent/carer(s) address remains that at which the parent/carer(s) was resident before the temporary residence began.


Change of address

Any permanent change in address must be notified in writing or by email to the admissions team as soon as possible. Where a change of address occurs after the closing date and before the offer date, the local authority will consider a change of preferences to be on-time only where the change of address is over two miles from the previous address (measured from address point to address point in a straight line). Where the change of address is under two miles any changes of preference will be considered as a late application.


Waiting list policy

Children who are not offered a place at their preferred school will be placed on the school’s waiting list. The waiting list will be maintained only for the statutory period (until 31 December). Should any places become available they will be allocated in accordance with Salford local authority’s published admission criteria. After 31 December, if a parent wishes their child to remain on a waiting list for a school, they will need to reapply for a place using the procedure for in-year admissions.

Children who come under the fair access protocol will take precedence over those on the waiting list.


As our admissions are overseen and administrated by the Local Authority, any appeals regarding your child’s school place must also be made through the Local Authority. All information regarding appeals can be found here:

Appeals must be made in line with the following timetable (exact dates each year can be found via the above link):

Reception class admissions September 

  • Offer date: 16 April 
  • Appeals to be submitted by: mid May 
  • Appeals submitted by mid May to be heard: end of June to mid July

In Year Admissions 

Appeals for In-year admissions will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

Class Arrangements: How Children Are Admitted


Up to 30 full time places are available. Children can be admitted to the nursery when they are 3 years old provided they reach this age before 31 August in the year they are admitted.

Children usually transfer into the Reception classes at the end of the nursery year when they are 4 years old, although a place in the school nursery does not guarantee a place in Reception. An application has to be made to the LA.


Main School

Applications for a place in the school are made directly to the LA. The school office will be able to help. When children are 4 years old (again by 31 August in the year of admission) they can be admitted or transferred to the Reception classes. Usually, children transfer through the age groups until they are 11, when they normally move to a local secondary school. Children from The Deans have also been successful in gaining places at The Manchester Grammar School, Bolton School, Withington Girls School and many of the grammar schools in the neighbouring authorities.


Making Arrangements For A School Place

Children can be admitted to The Deans at any appropriate age and we are always pleased to meet new parents in person and show them around. Please telephone the school to make the arrangements, or write or call in. You will always be welcomed. All admissions are coordinated through the Local Authority.


School Accessibility Plan

The school is committed to access for people with disabilities. The Local Authority have audited our school accessibility to people with disabilities and we have an action plan. The plan covers increasing the access to the curriculum, the physical environment and improving the provision of information in alternative formats to pupils with disabilities. The school building is fully accessible to those with mobility difficulties, and we have lifts servicing our upper floors. We work closely with many health practitioners to ensure our school is as accessible as possible to those with any additional needs, and our staff are fully trained to meet the needs of all our pupils.

If you have any questions about the admissions processes then please feel free to contact us at school.

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