Changing schools during the school year

1. Changing schools

If you live in Stockport and wish to change school during the school year, all applications for Stockport school places must be made to our Admissions Support and Advice team.

You should also apply to our Admissions Support and Advice team if you're applying to transfer to a school that is maintained by Manchester City Council. The Admissions Support and Advice team will liaise with Manchester City Council to find out whether a place is available.

If you're applying to transfer to a school in another local authority, you'll need to contact the local authority the school resides in to discuss their process for changing schools during the year.

Please view the glossary of terms (PDF 324Kb) which contains more information.

Application open dates

Autumn term 2021

  • 1 September to 8 October 2021
  • 1 November to 3 December 2021

Spring term 2022

  • 6 January to 28 January 2022
  • 21 February to 18 March 2022

Summer term 2022

  • 19 April to 13 May 2022
  • 13 June to 24 June 2022 - to start before the summer holidays
  • 27 June to 15 July 2022 - to start in September 2022

Moving House

If the application is linked to a change of address you must provide documentary evidence. This could be in the form of a solicitor's letter, Council Tax or tenancy agreement. We reserve the right to seek further information if necessary.

Other reasons for changing school

Sometimes a change of school cannot be avoided because of a change of address or new job. However, there may be a number of other reasons why you wish to change your child's nursery, primary or secondary school. It may be that your child has struggled with bullying, their workload or suffers from a poor relationship with their teacher.

It's important to understand that changing schools may not be the answer, as the situation may continue at a new school. We advise parent/carers to discuss your reasons for wanting to transfer with your current school prior to making any application.