The school has an admission number of 240 for entry in Year 7.

The school will accordingly admit this number of pupils if there are sufficient applications. Where fewer applicants than the published admission number(s) for the relevant year group are received, the Academy Trust will offer places at the school to all those who have applied.  Our Admissions policy can be found here:


Application process

Applications for CHS South will be made through the Manchester Local Authority (LA) Co-ordinated Admissions Process. Information about the application process and access to the online application form will be sent to parents / carers by the relevant Local Authority.

All parents/carers are required to apply to their home Local Authority regardless of where the school/academy they are applying for is situated. Manchester residents will apply to Manchester Local Authority. The Local Authority will liaise with other Admission Authorities in Manchester and other Local Authorities where required. Manchester Local Authority will inform parent/carers of the outcome of their application.

Further information on Admission Applications is available from and can be requested by phone on 0161 245 7166. Manchester Local Authority’s Integrated Admissions Service can be contacted at the address below.

School Admissions

PO Box 532

Town Hall Extension


M60 2LA


The closing date for applications for September 2024 will be 31st October 2023 at 5:00pm. Any admission forms received after the closing date will be processed as late applications.

All applications will then be processed by the Admission Authority, applying the oversubscription criteria below if necessary. All parents will be notified of the outcome of the application process by 1st March 2024.


Admission Policies


Oversubscription criteria

When the school is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care plan or a Statement of Special Educational Needs naming the school, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:

1. Looked after children and children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order.

2. Priority will next be given to children based on their exceptional medical or social needs or those of their parents. Each application must include evidence, from a medical specialist or social worker of the child’s/parent’s need and why they must attend this school rather than any other, based on those needs. If evidence is not submitted to the LA with the application, a child’s or parent’s medical or social needs cannot be considered.

3. Priority will next be given to the siblings of pupils attending the school at the time the application is received, where an older sibling is in Year 11 siblings will not be prioritised under this criterion.

4. Priority will next be given to the siblings of pupils with a parent who at the time of application/the application closing date has been employed at CHS South for two years or more years, or who were recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

5. All other children



If in categories 2-5 above a tie-break is necessary to determine which child is admitted, the child living closest to the school will be given priority for admission. Distance is measured from the centre point for a home to the centre point for the school as defined by the Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system.

Random allocation undertaken by the local authority will be used as a tie-break in categories 2-5 above to decide who has highest priority for admission if the distance between a child’s home and the academy/free school is equidistant in any two or more cases.’


Late applications

Late applications are those applications received after the closing date and before the first day of term in September, but not made in time to enable an offer or refusal of a place to be made on National Offer Day. Late applications will be considered after those received on time. If, following consideration of all applicants the school is oversubscribed, the child will be placed on the school’s waiting list.


Admission of children outside their normal age group

Parents may request that their child is admitted outside their normal age group. To do so parents should include a request with their application, specifying why admission out of normal year group is being requested.

When such a request is made, the academy trust will make a decision on the basis of the circumstances of the case and in the best interests of the child concerned, taking into account the views of the headteacher and any supporting evidence provided by the parent.


Waiting lists

In the normal admission round, the School will operate a waiting list for the duration of the first term following entry of the cohort until 31 December.  The names of all those who were unsuccessful in achieving a place in the normal admission round will be included on the list.  Thereafter the list will be cleared and parents will need to re-apply if they still want to be considered for a place.

For in-year applications, the School will operate a waiting list for the remainder of the term in which the application was refused.  Thereafter the list will be cleared and parents will need to re-apply if they still want to be considered for a place.

Children are ranked on the waiting list by reference to the oversubscription criteria set out in this policy, not by the date their name was added, which means names can go up as well as down as more children with higher priority are added.  Being included on the waiting list does not affect parents' statutory right of appeal against the refusal of a place.

Children allocated a place under the Local Authority's Fair Access Protocol will take priority over those on the waiting list.


Admission Appeals

Manchester City Council’s Independent School Appeals Service manages the appeals process for CHS South through agreement with our Trust Board.

The Independent School Appeals Service ensures that all appeals lodged by the appropriate deadline are heard in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code within the timescales outlined below:

a) For applications made in the normal admission round, i.e. those applicants who receive an offer of a secondary school place for Year 7 for September 2024 on the 1st March 2024, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals (31st March 2024).

b) For late applications, (i.e. applications received after the closing date and before the first day of term in September, but not made in time to enable an offer or refusal of a place to be made on National Offer Day,) appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals (31st March 2024) where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

A “school day” is defined as any day in which a school is in session. This means that all weekends, bank holidays and school holidays are not counted when determining the timetables for the appeals process.

If you want to make an admission appeal please complete the online admission appeal form from the Manchester LA Admissions website detailed below.
You may also download a paper copy of the Admissions Appeal Form which should be returned to the Independent School Appeals Service at the address below.

Independent School Appeals Service

PO Box 532,
Town Hall,
M60 2LA.

Telephone: 0161 234 3038

Fax: 0161 274 7017

Email: [email protected]



Complaints about an Academy Independent Admission Appeal panel

If you wish to make a complaint regarding independent Admission Appeal panels then you should do so via the Education Funding Agency (EFA). You can download the Factsheet regarding this process below.

Academy Independent Admission Appeal Panel Complaints Factsheet


In Year Admissions

The School has chosen to participate in Manchester City Council's coordinated scheme for in-year admissions. In-year applications must therefore be made to Manchester City Council not the School, by following the process set out on the admissions page.

Their details are:

Admissions web page: 

Telephone: 0161-245-7166

Email address: [email protected]

Admissions Service
Manchester City Council 
PO Box 532
Town Hall
M60 2LA

Parents should consider the oversubscription criteria in the school’s admission policy, to determine whether any supporting documentation must be sent with the application.  

Ideally, parents will be notified of the outcome of their in-year applications within 10 school days of receipt, but they will in any event be notified within 15 school days.  

Our Admissions Policy can be found at the top of this page.

We understand that coming to a new school part way through a school year can be quite daunting for all involved, and we hope to make this as stress free a process as possible.

Once allocated a place your details will be passed to the Head of Year and they will contact you to arrange an admissions meeting.

We endeavour to ensure all new admissions are appropriately placed to ensure they can access learning tailored to meet their needs; this will be reviewed on a half termly basis.

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