Admissions Consultation

The Governors would like to amend the school admission policy effective from September 2019.

The consultation schedule is as follows:

Consultation period: Friday 15 December to Friday 26 January 2018 Admissions Policy 2019-2020 for consultation button
Policy determined: by 28 February 2018
Policy published: by 15 March 2018

The proposed change is on page 2 of the policy Admissions Criteria point 11. The school would also like to incorporate a new oversubscription criteria page 3-4. 

The Barlow RC will publicise the consultation:

  • The diocese by email, 
  • Manchester City Council by email
  • Parent and carers by email and in our school newsletter,
  • Associated primary schools by email,
  • Primary schools that sent students to The Barlow by email,
  • On our school website. 

Comments on the proposed change should be sent to the school Admissions Manager, Nicola Cooke by 26 January 2018.

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

  • Applications - parents/carers of secondary school aged children who are new to the area/UK and are looking to apply to The Barlow, should contact Manchester Local Authority Admissions Team on 0161 245 7166 or complete the online application.
  • Transfers - parents/carers of secondary school aged children who are at another Manchester school and looking to transfer to The Barlow, should complete a transfer form which will be available on request from the child's current school. 

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 with more applicants than places, students will be placed on a waiting list and allocated a category as per the school Admisison Policy. The allocated category from the criteria submitted will determine a waiting list order. Where vacancies occur parents/carers will be 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 team can be contacted by telephoning the Local Authority - 0161 245 7166.