Changing schools during the school year
Last updated 16 March 2021
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 2020
- 1 September to 11 October 2020
- 2 November to 11 December 2020
Spring term 2021
- 7 January to 5 February 2021
- 19 February to 12 March 2021
Summer term 2021
- 12 April to 14 May 2021
- 14 June to 21 June 2021 - to start before the summer holidays
- 21 June to 16 July 2021 - to start in September 2021
Autumn term 2021
- 1 September to 8 October 2021
- 1 November to 11 December 2021
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.