Manifold Church of England Academy

Ofsted Rated 'Good'

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Admissions Policy


We welcome children from all walks of life into our friendly school.

Further information about the admissions process for Staffordshire can be found here: Staffordshire County Council Admissions Information

The following link will take you to an excellent tool on Staffordshire County Council's website that will enable you to establish the catchment school for your home address:

Staffordshire Local View Catchment School Finder

Further information about admissions, including links to the local authority booklet for admission arrangements, as well as school admission appeals code can be found by clicking the school information, statutory information tab, at the top of the page.

Our local area: 

We welcome pupils from any area, subject to a place being available. 

For entry into Reception - September 2024

If your child's 5th birthday is between 1 September 2024 and 31 August 2025 then you will need to apply for a place at First, Infant or Primary School.

The quickest and easiest way is to apply online here. (Please note - online applications are best done on a PC or laptop.) You can usually apply online from 1 November 2023. The closing date for applications is 15 January 2024. Note: There is no automatic entry into reception. 

If your child will be in year 4 at a First School in September 2023 then you will need to apply for a place at Middle School. (Please note - Manifold is a registered primary school. This means children can stay with us until the end of year 6).

If you are struggling to compete the form online, you can complete the relevant paper form. You can then either:

School Admissions and Transport Service
Staffordshire County Council
2 Staffordshire Place
ST16 2DH

If you require any help completing your admissions form, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Our admissions are administered through a coordinated admission scheme and preferences are processed centrally by the School Admissions and Transport Service. 

Appeals form

Appeal date
You will be given at least 14 calendar days’ notice of your appeal date.

Appeals - general information
If you have been refused a place at your preferred Staffordshire school and you are dissatisfied with the school place offered, you have the right to lodge a formal appeal against this decision to an independent appeals panel.
If you are appealing for a reception, year 1 or year 2 place we suggest that you research 'infant class size initiative' so you are aware of the restrictions or take a look at our infant class size guidance.

You can only appeal for a place if you have had a refusal. If you have not received a school offer, please speak to the Admissions Team on 0300 111 8007 who will be able to tell you which schools may have availability in your area.

You will receive a statement as to why the refusal was made at least seven days before your appeal hearing date.