Changing schools during the school year
Last updated 8 November 2023
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 a Manchester resident wanting to apply for a place at a Stockport school, you should make your application to Manchester City Council’s Admissions Team.
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 2023
- 1 September to 6 October 2023
- 27 October to 8 December 2023
Spring term 2024
- 5 January to 26 January 2024
- 16 February to 14 March 2024
- 12 April to 10 May 2024
Summer term 2024
- 7 June to 21 June 2024, to start before the summer holidays
- 17 June to 8 Jul 2024, to start secondary school in September 2024
- 24 June to 15 Jul 2024, to start primary school in September 2024
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.