Admission Arrangements for September 2020

Admission number(s)
The school has an admission number of 240 for entry in Year 7.  The school will accordingly admit this number of pupils if there are sufficient applications. When the school is oversubscribed, priority will be given to those children who meet the criteria in our admissions arrangements (please see our full admission policy attached below).

Admissions Arrangements 
The local authority will process applications as part of their co-ordinated school offer system. If you would like your son or daughter to come to CHS South you should follow the Manchester application procedure for moving on to a High School. Details will be issued to you by your child's Primary School or are available from:

Manchester City Council
Directorate for Children and Commissioning Services
Integrated Admissions Team
PO Box 532
Town Hall Extension
M60 2LA
Tel: 0161 245 7166

If you want your son or daughter to secure a place at CHS South we strongly recommend that you choose CHS South as your first choice preference and submit your application to the local authority by their published deadline of 31st October.

Offer process
Offers are made on 1st March each year by the Local Authority. If you have not received a place at CHS South or you wish to change your preference in favour of CHS South please contact the admissions team on [email protected].
If there is availability you will be offered a place and if we are full you will be added to our waiting list until a place becomes available. The Local Authority only keep children on a waiting list for one term; you will need to reapply for the following term.

Admission Appeals
CHS South has chosen to be part of the Manchester Local Authority Coordinated Admissions Scheme. This means that Manchester Local Authority coordinates all applications for admissions to CHS South.  The Independent School Appeals Service manages the appeals process for CHS South through agreement with our Trust Board.  The Independent School Appeals Service ensures that all appeals lodged by the appropriate deadline are heard in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code within the timescales outlined below:

a) For applications made in the normal admission round, i.e. those applicants who receive an offer of a secondary school place for Year 7 for September 2021 on the 1st March 2020, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals.
b) For late applications, i.e. those applicants whose application was received after the national closing date for secondary applications and who receive an offer of a secondary school place for September 2021, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

A “school day” is defined as any day in which a school is in session. This means that all weekends, bank holidays and school holidays are not counted when determining the timetables for the appeals process.

School Admission Appeals in Manchester
If you want to make an admission appeal, please complete the online admission appeal form from the Manchester LA Admissions website, You may also download a paper copy of the Admissions Appeal Form which should be returned to the Independent School Appeals Service at the address below:

Independent School Appeals Service,
PO Box 532,
Town Hall,
M60 2LA.
Telephone: 0161 234 3038
Fax: 0161 274 7017
Email: [email protected]



Timetable for Secondary School Admission Appeals (September 2020 entry)



1st March 2021

National Secondary Offer Date

Offer letters sent to parents who applied on time using Royal Mail by 2nd class post, and by email when a parent has applied online and requested notification by email. 2nd March 2020 counts as school day one in the timeline.

26th March 2021

Deadline for parents to lodge an appeal

At least 20 school days from the date of notification that their application was unsuccessful allowed to give time to prepare and lodge appeal.

May/June 2021


Secondary Schools Admission Appeals planned to start.

Appellants will receive at least 10 school days’ notice of their appeal hearing. Appellants will be allowed to submit additional evidence to the Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel, up to five school days before the appeal.

End of June 2021

Secondary Schools Admission Appeals planned to end


Appeal Timeline for Late and 'In-Year' Applications



Offer received

Following the receipt of an offer of a school place, parents have the right to appeal for a place at a school where they have been refused a place in writing.

Appeal lodged

Upon the receipt of a completed appeal form, the appellant will be sent a letter of acknowledgement within 10 school days.

Appeal date assigned

The Clerk to the Independent Appeals Panel will assign the appeal date, which will be within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged. The appellant will be sent a letter confirming this date 10 school days prior to the hearing date.

Appeal paperwork dispatched

The Clerk to the Independent Appeals Panel will send the appellant a copy of the appeals statement approximately one week prior to the appeal hearing date.

Appeal hearing

The admission appeal will be heard by an Independent Appeals Panel.

Decision letter

The Clerk to the Independent Appeals Panel, who clerks the admission appeal, will be responsible for sending a decision letter to parents within 5 school days.


Complaints about an Academy Independent Admission Appeal panel
If you wish to make a complaint regarding independent Admission Appeal panels then you should do so via the Education Funding Agency (EFA).

You can download the Factsheet regarding this process below.


Admissions Appeal

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