School Admissions

Why choose Matthew Moss High School for your child?

Because Matthew Moss is a school on the up.

  • Ofsted noted that the most-able pupils make stronger progress than their peers nationally.
  • Bristol University found that Matthew Moss learners perform better than others when they go on to college.  
  • The UK Government currently feature Matthew Moss as an example of best practice in their Parliamentary Review.  

If you would like to visit during a school day to see us in action, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.  

How to apply for a secondary school place

Admission Arrangements

Matthew Moss High is a community school and all applications are made via the local education authority.  Applications for a place at Matthew Moss High School should be made by clicking on this link.

The timetable for applying for a secondary school place 

Friday 1 September 2017 The online admissions system opens for secondary school places.
Tuesday 31 October 2017 Closing date for applications
Ensure your secondary school application is submitted before this date.
Saturday 6 January 2018 Last date for any changes to the address in your application.
Thursday 1 March 2018 National offer day.

Published Admissions Number (PAN)

The Governors have agreed an increase in the published admissions number to meet demand and from September 2018 school will  accommodate 210 learners in Year 7, increasing the PAN from 900 to 1200.

Moving to Secondary from Primary School

 In the Autumn term 2017, parents and carers of children in Year 6 in the Borough’s primary schools should receive a letter reminding them that they now need to apply for a secondary place.

All initial correspondence and any reminders of the deadline for applications will come through the child’s primary school.  Parents and carers should, therefore, ensure that the contact details held by the primary school are up-to-date.

In year Transfer between Schools

As our reputation grows, we are increasingly receiving requests from parents and carers who would like their child to transfer to Matthew Moss High from another secondary school.  To enable this to happen, you must complete a Within-Year Transfer Application Form and return this to the School Admissions Team at Rochdale Local Authority.

If places are available, children qualifying under the published admissions criteria will be admitted.

If there are more applicants than places available, then the published oversubscription criteria will be applied.

Admissions Criteria

The full admissions policy can be found by clicking on this link.