If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below.


If you would like to visit our school, please contact the school office on 0161 624 3035 to make an appointment


Please be aware that admission to Holy Rosary Nursery does not guarantee a place in Reception.

Admission and Over Subscription 

Holy Rosary RC Primary is a Catholic School in the trusteeship of the Diocese of Salford.  It is maintained by Oldham Local education Authority and is a voluntary aided School.  The Governing Board is the Admissions Authority and is responsible for taking all decisions on applications for admissions.  The co-ordination of admissions arrangements is undertaken by the Local Authority.

For the school’s year commencing September 2023, the Governing Body has determined that the number of children to be admitted to Reception will be 30 and to Nursery 30.

The school’s role is to participate in the mission of the Catholic Church by providing a curriculum, including Catholic religious education and worship, which will help children to grow in their understanding of the Good News and in the practice of their faith.  The school will help the children develop fully as human beings and prepare them to undertake their responsibilities as Catholics in society.  The school requires all parents applying for a place here to understand and respect this ethos and its importance to the school community.  This does not affect the rights of parents who are not of the Catholic faith to apply for a place here.

Admissions to the school will be determined by the Governing Board.  Parents must complete a Local Authority Preference Form or apply online via the website

If you wish to have your application considered against the school’s religious criteria then you must ALSO complete the Supplementary Form which is available from the school.

If there are fewer than 30 applications, all applicants will be offered places.  If there are more applications than the number of places available, the following oversubscription criteria will be applied:

Please be aware that admission to Holy Rosary Nursery does not guarantee a place in Reception.


In-Year Applications


An application can be made for a place for a child at any time outside the admission round and the child will be admitted where there are available places.  


An application should be made to the school by completing the in-year admissions application form and returning it to Headteacher –


Where there are places available but more applications than places, the published oversubscription criteria, as set out in the admission arrangements for 2023 will be applied.

Parents are advised to read the admission arrangements carefully before making their application.

If there are no places available, the child will be added to the waiting list.  Please see the admission arrangements for more details.

You will be advised of the outcome of your application in writing as soon as possible.  Applicants must be informed of the outcome of their application within 15 school days of receipt, but the aim is to notify applicants of the outcome of their application within 10 school days of receipt.

You have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel if your application is unsuccessful.

If you have any questions in relation to in-year admissions please contact Headteacher –

You may also wish to discuss in-year applications with the local authority –

Admissions and Over subscription Criteria 2023-2024

Where there are more applications for places than the number of places available, places will be offered according to the following order of priority.

  1. Catholic looked after and previously looked after children. (see notes 2&3)
  2. Catholic children who are resident in the parish of Our Lady and St Patrick – see map (see notes 3&11)
  3. Catholic children who are not resident in the parish of Our Lady and St Patrick for whom Holy Rosary RC Primary is the nearest Catholic school]. (see notes 3&11)
  4. Other Catholic children. (see note 3)
  5. Other looked after and previously looked after children. (see note 2)
  6. Catechumens and members of an Eastern Christian Church. (see notes 4&5)
  7. Children of other Christian denominations whose membership is evidenced by a minister of religion. (see note 6)
  8. Children of other faiths whose membership is evidenced by a religious leader. (see note 7)
  9. Any other children.

Additional notes related to this criteria may be downloaded from the button below.

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