Kentmere Academy and Nursery


In order to apply to Kentmere Academy and Nursery you must apply online by filling in a Rochdale Education Authority application form.
Application forms for admission to primary school are available from Rochdale Education Authority (these are automatically given to parents of children attending the nursery), they should be completed and returned to school who subsequently pass these to the LEA for consideration.

For forms, more information on the admissions process or to make a complaint, please use the Rochdale Borough Council website.

Places in primary schools are allocated by the admission authority up to the school admission limit using the following priority order:

1. Children in care to a Local Authority (Cared for Children).
2. Children with exceptional medical needs or exceptional welfare considerations which are directly relevant to the school concerned.
3. Children with an older sibling attending the school at the time of admission.
4. Children eligible for the service premium.
5. Children of staff at the school.
6. Proximity and ease of access - where you live.

Parents are warmly invited to visit the school by appointment to help them in choosing a place for their child.
You will be invited to tour the school and see the curriculum in action. The Headteacher and other members of staff will be available to answer any questions and you will have the opportunity to tell us more about your child. This helps us to ensure your child settles into their new school. We encourage you to visit the school before choosing a place for your child.

For more information on our 2018/19 Admissions Policy, please click the link here.

For more information on our 2019/20 Admissions Policy, please click the link here.
Admissions Policy 2020/21

You can find the timetable for 2019 primary school applications here.

If you are unhappy with our application process you can make an objection to the ‘Office of the Schools Adjudicator’

If you require more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly or you can contact Rochdale Council via the details below:
01706 925982

School Admissions / Early Help and Schools
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU

Waiting lists

Kentmere Academy will operate a waiting list for each year group. Where in any year the academy receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate until the end of the first term. This will be maintained by the Watergrove Trust and it will be open to any parent to ask for his or her child’s name to be placed on the list following an unsuccessful application.

Childrens’ position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. The waiting list will be reordered in accordance with the oversubscription criteria whenever anyone is added to or leaves the waiting list.

The following criteria will be considered in cases of oversubscription:

1. A child that is in care to the Local Authority.
2. Medical/Psychological (Supporting information must be provided).
3. A sibling is already at the school.
4. Your proximity and ease of access to the school.

School Admission Appeals Timetable

Below are the dates for appealing a decision for the September 2020 entry.

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for lodging an appeal has now been extended until the 12th June 2020. 

Admissions timetable 2020

If your appeal is received on time then it will be heard within the dates outlined above.

Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or within 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is the later date.

Appeals for in year transfers will continue to be heard within 30 school days of receipt of the appeal.

You will be sent notification of your appeal hearing along with a copy of the school’s case at least 10 school days in advance of the hearing.

If you wish to submit further evidence which was not included with your initial appeal, you must ensure that we receive it at least 5 working days before the hearing date. Any additional evidence or information received after this date might not be considered at the appeal hearing.

Please see the below image from Rochdale Borough Council that states key dates with regards to appeals.

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