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Holy Family Roman Catholic Primary School

Through Work, Through Worship, Through Witness


Great Gates Road, Kirkholt, Rochdale, OL11 2DN

(01706) 640480



  • Holy Family R.C. Primary School is a Roman Catholic Primary School in the trusteeship of the Diocese of Salford.
  • It is maintained by Rochdale Local Education Authority as a Voluntary Aided School.
  • The school’s Governing Body is the Admissions Authority and is responsible for taking decisions on applications for admissions.
  • The co-ordination of admission arrangements is undertaken by the Local Authority
  • Holy Family Admissions Policy 2024


Application to Reception Class 2024

If your child is 4 years old before 1st September 2024, they will be eligible to start school.    

The application round for admission to school in September 2024 opens on Monday 4th September 2023.

Holy Family School operates a clear admissions criteria for parents looking for a school place for their child.  The admissions criteria is as follows:

  1. Baptised Roman Catholic children and non-Roman Catholic children who are looked after or previously looked after.
  2. Baptised Roman Catholic children who will have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission and resident in the parish of Holy Family.
  1. Baptised Roman Catholic children resident in the parish of Holy Family.
  2. Other baptised Roman Catholic children who will have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission and are resident in another parish.
  1. Other baptised Roman Catholic children who are resident in another parish.
  2. Exceptional Needs
  3. Other children with a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission.
  4. Other children.

The complete Holy Family Admissions Policy can be downloaded by clicking the link below:

Admissions Policy 2024

Application to Nursery Class

Holy Family RC Primary School has a Nursery for children who have already reached their 3rd birthday.  The Nursery now offers full or part time places for parents and children.  Part time places run from 9am - 12 noon daily.  We are able to offer afternoon sessions for parents who are eligible for 30 hours free childcare.  For parents not eligible, additional afternoon places can be booked and paid for  in advance at a cost of £10 per session.   The afternoon sessions run from 12 noon - 3.30pm.

 To apply for a place, parents must apply directly to the school and not the Local Authority.  The Admissions Policy applies also to children wishing to join the Nursery. 

School is always happy to accept applications for the Nursery for future years.   Please contact the school office for more information.


Application to Secondary School 2024

 Our feeder secondary school is St Cuthbert's RC High School in Rochdale.  We share a close relationship with the school and the transition arrangements for children preparing to leave primary school enable them to settle very well in a new setting.   The application process for admission to secondary school in September 2023 has now closed.  Parents still wishing to apply for a school place at secondary school should go to

In Year Transfers

A child who moves from school to school at a point during their education is known as an 'in-year transfer'.  A transfer may occur because a family has moved into the area. 

In-year transfer applications to schools in Rochdale are managed by the Local Authority and more information can be found here.

In-year transfer applications to Holy Family RC Primary Schools are managed by the school and Admissions Committee.

To apply for an in-year school transfer:

  1. Complete the in-year transfer form below.​
  2. For a looked after child, you'll also need to complete the memorandum of understanding as well.
  3. The school your child currently attends will complete Part II of the form
  4. If applying for a place at Holy Family RC Primary School, the form should be sent to Holy Family directly.
  5. If applying for a place in a school other than Holy Family RC Primary School, return the form to the LA using the details listed on the form.
  6. Applications will be processed  within 10 school days of receipt but this may take longer in busy periods

In Year Transfer Form

Memorandum of Understanding

Admission Appeals

​​​​​​​​​​You have a statutory right to submit an appeal for a place at your preferred school when your application for a place has been unsuccessful.  If you have not been successful in securing a place at your preferred primary school for your child in Reception, follow the link to Local Authority website here. 

Appeals for September 2023 Entry

Appeals resulting from year of entry (Reception) or transfer applications (Year 7 entry) for admission in September 2023 were heard according to the following timetable:

The appeals process for 2023 has now closed and will be reissued once places for September 2024 have been allocated.


Offer Date

Appeals to be lodged by

Where possible, all on time Appeals to be heard by


 1st March 2023

17th April 2023

21st July 2023


 17th April 2023

2nd June 2023

21st July 2023

Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard as soon as is practicable in accordance with the Guidance.

Appellants will be sent notification of their appeal hearing along with a copy of the school’s case at least 14 days in advance of the hearing.

Further Information about School Admission Appeals can be found here:

Rochdale Council Website

Department for Education Website