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Consultation for Admission Arrangements

Consultation on Rosehill Methodist Primary Academy, Admission Arrangements.

The Governing Body is currently consulting on the admission arrangements for Rosehill Methodist Primary Academy for 2025-26. The Governing Body is consulting in line with the requirement within the School Admissions Code 2021, that admission authorities must consult on their admission arrangements at least once every 7 years, even if there have been no changes during that period.

Changes are not being proposed to the school’s admission arrangements.

Epworth Education Trust is committed to our academies being open to all members of the communities within which our schools are situated. Our policy is that each academy adopts and follows the admissions policy of their Local Authority. This includes the school criteria and appeals process, as well as in-year admission applications criteria.

The school’s full admission arrangements are below in line with the local authority admissions criteria. If you have any questions or opinion about the school’s current admission arrangements, please email or complete the following link:

The consultation opens on 06.12.23 and closes on 22.01.24.

Admission Arrangements

Children in Tameside are eligible for a Reception place from the beginning of the school year in which they become 5 years old. However, they do not become compulsory school age until the start of the term after their fifth birthday. Parents may therefore request that their school place be deferred until later in the school year and if they do this, the place will be held for the child. However, they cannot defer entry beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday. Parents of summer born children can request that their child is placed outside their age range if they feel that their child will not be ready for school. Parents can also request that their child attends on a part time basis until the child reaches compulsory school age.

Parents of children who attend Rosehill nursery must apply for a place at Rosehill Methodist Primary Academy, if they want their child to transfer to the reception class; attendance at Rosehill nursery does not guarantee admission to the Academy.


If you are a Tameside resident, you must make your application online to Tameside Local Authority. You should put your child’s name down by 15th January 2026.

The Local Authority Admissions Team, send out details of how to apply online in November 2025. Details will include where to view Starting Out and a letter explaining how to make your application online.

The local authority may verify information you provide on your application, which could involve contacting other departments of the local authority. In instances where the information provided is different from that held by them, they may use the information on the application to investigate further. If false or misleading information is given, the Epworth Trust has the right to withdraw the offer of a school place.

If you are not a Tameside resident, you must make your application to the Local Authority where you live, even if you wish your child to attend Rosehill Methodist Primary Academy. Applications must be returned in accordance with your own local authority’s specific instructions and not to Tameside.


The application will invite parents to indicate a preference for up to 6 schools, and then to rank the schools in order of preference, parents have the opportunity to give reasons for each preference.

Your online application must be submitted by the closing date of 15 January 2026, with any supporting information / evidence if appropriate.

The council will follow the timetable set out in the coordinated admissions scheme. Late applications will be dealt with as late and ranked after all applications received by the deadline.

Changes to preferences, ranking order, or pupil details, will not be allowed after the closing date of 15 January 2026, except in exceptional circumstances, for example, if the family has recently moved address. Evidence must be provided to support the request. An intention to change address cannot be considered by the local authority until the move has actually taken place and proof is available, or parents may provide a solicitor’s letter confirming an exchange of contracts on a property, or a tenancy agreement and proof of disposal of current property. No changes can be considered even where there are exceptional circumstances, once information has been exchanged with other admission bodies because the allocation process has commenced. In the case of primary schools this cut-off date will be approximately 23 January 2026.

Notification of offers of a single school place will be sent out to parents on 16 April 2026. These notifications will also inform parents of their right of appeal, and who to contact, if an application has not been successful.

Parents will not receive multiple offers.


Rosehill Academy has an admission number of 60 pupils for entry into Reception. All applicants will be admitted if 60 or fewer apply. Where applications for admission to any school exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied, in the order set out below, to decide which children to admit.


Children with an Education Health and Care Plan where the school is named will be allocated places before the oversubscription criteria are applied.

The criteria for over-subscription for community and voluntary controlled primary schools are:

  1. Looked after children, previously looked after children and children who appear to the Local Authority to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care because they were adopted.

Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject of a child arrangement order or special guardianship order). Applications for previously looked after children must be supported with appropriate evidence i.e. a copy of the adoption order, child arrangements order or special guardianship order. A child is regarded as having been in state care in a place outside of England if they were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation or any other provider of care whose sole purpose is to benefit society. Applications must be supported with appropriate evidence that the child has been adopted from state care.

  1. Sibling

This will apply where there are brothers or sisters attending the school or the linked junior school as at the closing date for applications, who will still be attending at the time of admission, i.e. in the September when a pupil is admitted to Reception. Preference will be given to pupils living nearest to the school. The sibling criterion includes; natural sisters/brothers; half-sisters/brothers; step sisters/brothers; adopted sisters/brothers; sisters/brothers of fostered children; children of the parent/carer’s partner, and in each case living at the same address. This allows for the admittance of children whose siblings will still be attending the preferred school.

  1. All other applications on distance

Preference will be given to pupils living nearest to the school. Distance will be measured as a straight line from the child’s home address, using the address point assigned by the National Land and Property Gazetteer, to the main gate to the school property. Measurements will be made using the local authority’s school admissions data mapping software, which uses a Geographical Information System based on Ordnance Survey.

Where oversubscription occurs in applying either criteria 1, 2 or 3, priority will be given to those pupils living nearest the school, measured as a straight line (as above).

The address from which distance will be measured will be the permanent residential address, as at the closing date for applications, of the parent with whom the child is normally resident. Where a child lives with parents with shared responsibility, each for part of a week, the home address is the address from which the child travels to school for the majority of school days per week.

In the event of distances being the same for 2 or more applications where this distance would be the last place/s to be allocated, the place will be allocated to the pupil that is nearer using walking distance as measured using the local authority’s school admissions data mapping software. In the event of two or more applications with distances, which are exactly the same competing for a final place, e.g. blocks of flats, the place will be decided by drawing lots, the first name drawn will be offered the place.

An adoption order is an order under section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002. A ‘residence order’ is as an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live under section 8 of the Children Act 1989. Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians).

In cases where twins, triplets, or other multiple birth siblings are split when allocations take place, they will be allocated a place over the Published Admission Number and will remain excepted pupils for the time they are in an infant class or until the class numbers fall back to the current infant class size limit.


Parents may seek a place for their child outside of their normal age group, for example, if the child is gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health.

School admission authorities are required to provide for the admission of all children in the September following their fourth birthday, but flexibilities exist for children whose parents do not feel they are ready to begin school before they reach compulsory school age.

Summer Born (1st Entry to School), A parent who chooses not to send their summer born child (those born between 1st April and 31st August) to school until they have reached compulsory school age may request that their child is admitted outside their normal age group - to reception rather than year 1.

Where a parent requests their child is admitted out of their normal age group, the Epworth Education Trust is responsible for making the decision on which year group a child should be admitted to. They are required to make a decision on the basis of the circumstances of the case and in the best interests of the child concerned.

There is no statutory barrier to children being admitted outside their normal age group, but parents do not have the right to insist that their child is admitted to a particular age group.

Admission authorities must make decisions on the basis of the circumstances of each case and on the basis of evidence provided from appropriate professionals where relevant, for example educational psychologist.  Parents will be informed of their statutory right to appeal. This right does not apply if they are offered a place in another year group at the school.

Application process for Summer Born/Admission Outside Normal Age Group

Parents requesting their child to be admitted outside of the normal age range should submit reasons for the request together with their application.  The online application provides space to do this and you should also submit views of medical professionals as necessary.  A decision will be made taking account of parents’ wishes, information about the child’s academic, social and emotional development; and whether they have previously been educated outside their normal age group. Each request will be treated on an individual basis having regard to the views of an educational professional who will be involved in educating the child. 

A decision will made by Epworth Education Trust on the parental request, using the evidence provided.  Parents/carers are responsible for providing all information in support of an application by the closing date, officers of the Council will not ask for additional information.  All information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Please note that one admission authority cannot be required to honour a decision made by another which means where multiple applications are being made to different schools, you may receive differing outcomes


The council acknowledges that service families are subject to movement within the UK and from abroad. Although the council is not able to reserve places for blocks of pupils we will consider requests, if accompanied by an official MOD letter declaring a relocation date and Unit postal address or quartering area address. For in year admissions, places will be allocated, subject to a place being available in the relevant year group, prior to moving. If we are unable to allocate a place at that time, parents will be offered the right to appeal.


Parents wishing to transfer their child to Rosehill Methodist Primary Academy should apply online via Tameside Council website: The online application should be fully completed and submitted with any additional/supplementary documentation/evidence to the School Admissions Team to enable their application to be considered as quickly as possible.

If you want to transfer your child to Rosehill Methodist Primary Academy, you must apply through Tameside Council even if you live in another area. If you want to apply for a school in another area, you will need to contact that area for further details of what you need to do.

If a place is available in the requested year group, parents will normally be offered that place but there are some exceptions (see Fair Access Protocol section). Parents will receive an offer of a school place through Tameside Council and this can take up to 20 school days.


All local authorities have a Fair Access Protocol for in year transfers that ensures the speedy admission of pupils who may have trouble in being allocated a school place, for example, if they have been out of school for a long period of time. With specific short-term exceptions, all schools in Tameside are participants in the protocol, which may result in schools admitting pupils over their published admission number. Full details of the In Year Fair Access Protocol can be found on the Council’s website


If Rosehill is oversubscribed, the Council will maintain a waiting list. The waiting list will operate until the end of the relevant school year. Parents who have chosen Rosehill Methodist Primary Academy as a preference and have not been offered a place will automatically be placed on the waiting list. All pupils on the waiting list will be ranked according to the oversubscription criteria. When a place becomes available a child who has been referred under the local authority’s Fair Access protocol or who is the subject of a direction by the local authority to admit will be given precedence over any other children on the waiting list. Then any places will be offered to the highest ranked application received by the date the place becomes available. If new or late applications have a higher priority under the oversubscription criteria, they will be ranked higher than those who have been on the list for some time. If the circumstances of children on the waiting list change (e.g. they move house) they should inform the Council immediately and provide appropriate supporting evidence.

A place from the waiting list will only be held for two school days. Tameside Council will use the information provided on the original application to contact parents, it is the responsibility of parents to change their details with the School Admissions Team if they move house or change their phone number. If no response is received from a parent who has been offered a place from the waiting list within the 2 school day limit, it will be offered to the next child on the ranked list and so on until the place is filled. 10.3 If a parent is offered a place from the waiting list and rejects it or does not respond to requests by email or answerphone message to contact the School Admissions Team, they will be removed from that waiting list.


Any parent who is refused admission to a Rosehill Methodist Primary Academy has the right of appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel. For pupils with an Education Health and Care Plan, an appeal can be made to the SEN and Disability Tribunal (details are included in the plan). Parents who wish to appeal against the decision of the local authority to refuse admission to Rosehill Methodist Primary Academy, should do so online, setting out clearly why their child should go to that particular Academy. Information about appeals will be sent out with the allocation letter and can also be found on the School Admissions webpage

The Appeals Panel will be independent of the school and the LA and will give the appellant, who may be accompanied by a friend or be represented, the opportunity to make oral representation. The Local Authority will give the appellant at least ten school days’ notice of the time and place of the hearing. The clerk will send notification of your appeal, alongside relevant documentation at least 14 working days before the hearing. The appeal shall be decided by a simple majority of the votes cast, the chairman of the panel having a casting vote. The decision of the Appeals Panel and the grounds on which it was made shall be communicated by the Clerk in writing to the appellant no later than 5 days after the hearing. That decision shall be binding on all parties. Subject to the above conditions, all matters of procedure shall be determined by the local authority.