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Admissions Policy and Supplementary Form

Compulsory school age

Most children start in reception class in the September after their fourth birthday. If your child was born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020, they are eligible to start school from 1 September 2024.

The latest they may start is when they reach compulsory school age. A child reaches compulsory school age on the prescribed day following their fifth birthday (or on his or her fifth birthday if it falls on a prescribed day). The prescribed days are 31 December, 31 March and 31 August.


Key dates

  • 15 January 2024 - Closing date for applications
  • 16 April 2024 - National offer day where all applicants receive their offer of a place
  • May 2024 - Review of allocation of vacancies


Applying for a place at Bowdon Church School

In addition to completing a Trafford application form (Trafford residents Primary Applications), a completed Additional Information Form (below) for reception children should be received by the school in line with the date set by Trafford Admissions.  


We are often oversubscribed and strongly advise families who are not immediately offered a place to register on the waiting list since places may become available.

Admissions Policy 2025 -2026

Additional Admissions Application Form - please complete and submit direct to Bowdon Church School by 15th January 2024