Bury College Education Trust

Working in partnership to ensure that every child’s success is at the heart of all we do


The Local Authority is responsible for Reception admissions in our schools. Children who will be of school age come September 2022 (Born between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018) will receive a letter from Bury Council. You will have until 15th January 2022 to apply online via the admissions website, stating your preferred choice of schools. National offer day is April 16th 2022. 


Our criteria for admissions is as follows:

1) Looked after children

3) Siblings

3) Distance



You can appeal against your primary school reception class allocation by completing the appeal form: pdf icon Primary school reception class appeal form.
Please email the completed form and any supplementary information to schoolappeals@bury.gov.uk by 18 May 2022.
Please complete one appeal form per school and one appeal form per child.
For more information about school appeals please visit Appeal against school place decision.


In Year Intake

If you would like to apply for a school place outside of the September Reception intake, please contact our individual schools Radcliffe Primary School call 0161 723 4538  Elton Primary School call 0161 705 72674 for details of class sizes and availability. Once you know there is an available place you need to apply formally through Bury Council via the following link: bury.gov.uk/admissions

Parents and children transferring from another school are encouraged to visit the school for a pre-transfer welcome visit to ensure they have all the information required prior to starting.


Transition to High School

The transition of our children to High School is a very important stage in our children’s school life.

All high schools organise Open Days and evenings plus formal transition days during the summer.  Staff from each High school will also visit our schools during the summer term as they ‘get to know them.’ They will also liaise with key staff in school in support of the transition process.

Where our staff or parents feel their child may need extra support with the transition process in terms of greater familiarisation with the layout of the building, routines and relationships, extra sessions are planned in liaison with the chosen High School.


Further information: 

Further information and forms are available online at Bury Council website: Bury Council Primary School Admissions

You can view and download the Bury Council Primary School Admissions Guide 2022 below.

Bury Admissions Guide 2022