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How to Apply

You can contact the school regarding admissions on 0161 445 8053

Year 7 Admissions

The admissions process begins at the start of the autumn term, for entry the following September. The parents of Year 6 pupils will automatically receive information about the application process through the post. This will explain how you can apply for your child's place at The Barlow by using the local authority's common application form.  Please click here for the Application Form.

The deadline for applications for September 2018 places is the end of October 2017. For any late applications, please contact us the Local Authority as soon as you possibly can.

In-Year Admissions

Parents of secondary school aged children who are looking to transfer to The Barlow, should contact Manchester Local Authority Admissions Team on 0161 245 7166. 

Admissions Policy

The Barlow is an inclusive Roman Catholic Secondary School provided by the Diocese of Salford and maintained by the Manchester Local Education Authority as a Voluntary Aided School. 

The parish communities served by the school are St Ambrose Barlow, St Bernard's St Bernadette's, St Catherine's and St Cuthbert's. Nevertheless, our students come from a wide range of backgrounds and many are drawn from outside the parishes because parents, although not all Catholic, are attracted by the school's inclusive and caring ethos.

The Barlow's associated primary schools are St Ambrose, St Bernard's, St Catherine's and St Cuthbert's, however, over the past two years, children have come to us from a variety of schools, including:

  • Beaver Road Primary School, Didsbury
  • Broadoak Primary School, East Didsbury
  • Button Lane Primary School, Northern Moor
  • Cavendish Road Community Primary, West Didsbury
  • Didsbury C of E Primary School, Didsbury
  • Green End Primary School, Burnage
  • Ladybarn Primary School, Withington
  • Lum Head Primary School, Gatley
  • Mauldeth Road Primary School, Withington
  • Northenden Community School, Northenden
  • St Aiden's  RC Primary School, Northern Moor
  • St Kentigern's RC Primary School, Fallowfield
  • St Mary's RC Primary School, Levenshulme
  • St Paul's C of E Primary School, Withington
  • St Wilfrid's C of E Primary School, Northenden
  • St Richard's RC Primary School, Longsight
  • The Divine Mercy RC Primary School, Rusholme

Download our full Admissions Policy for 2018/19

More information from the Local Authority

Visit the school information pages on the Manchester City Council website for more information about the schools' admissions process. The Local Authority is required to have an Admissions Scheme which explains how school places will be allocated at schools and academies.

Oversubscription Criteria

Should a place be applied for when the School is oversubscribed, students will be placed on a waiting list in ranked order as per the school Admisison Policy, and contacted should a place become available.


Should you be unsuccessful in your application for a place at The Barlow you have the right to appeal to the Local Authority.  The Appeals Section can be contacted by telephoning the Local Authority - 0161 245 7166.