Consultation on admission arrangements Prospere Learning Trust Schools

The Prospere Learning Trust are undertaking a consultation on the admissions policy for Chorlton High School.
In accordance with the Department for Education’s (DfE’s) 2021 statutory ‘School Admissions Code’ guidance, we must consult on our admission arrangements when changes are proposed, and at least once every seven years.

Changes are proposed to the school’s oversubscription criteria.

The Prospere Learning Trust is fully committed to comprehensive education and works in close partnership with Manchester Local Authority (LA) adhering to the LA Coordinated Admissions Scheme. The Trust wish to continue to follow the locally agreed admissions criteria with the addition of a category giving priority to children of staff members. The Trust would also like to standardise the oversubscription criteria and admissions policies of our schools to ensure consistency of approach across the Trust with due regard to the new School Admissions Code 2021.

Proposed Oversubscription Criteria from September 2023:

When the school is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care plan or a Statement of Special Educational Needs naming the school, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:

  1. Looked after children and children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order.
  2. Priority will next be given to children based on their exceptional medical or social needs or those of their parents. Each application must include evidence, from a medical specialist or social worker of the child’s/parent’s need and why they must attend this school rather than any other, based on those needs. If evidence is not submitted to the LA with the application, a child’s, or parent’s medical or social needs cannot be considered.
  3. Priority will next be given to the siblings of pupils attending the school at the time the application is received, where an older sibling is in Year 11 siblings will not be prioritised under this criterion.
  4. Priority will next be given to children of staff employed at Chorlton High School.
  5. Other children.

Full Version of the Proposed Admission Arrangements:

A full version of the proposed changes to the admission arrangements is available to download here:

CHS Admissions Policy for September 2023

A hard copy of the proposals can be requested directly from the school.

Consultation Process:

In accordance with statutory DfE guidance, the consultation will run for at least six weeks and, as an interested party, we are keen to hear your views on the proposed changes; therefore, we invite you to participate in the consultation and forward any issues you wish to raise regarding the proposed changes to the admission arrangements at the school.

The consultation period will run from 6th December 2021 until 31st January 2022.

All responses to the consultation should be made in writing and submitted before 4pm on 31st January 2022:

via email:

or by post to:  

Prospere Learning Trust,
Piper Hill High School,
Firbank Road,
M23 2YS.

Please note that written responses should outline your personal details, including your name, address and relationship to the school in question. At the end of the consultation period, the Trust Board will meet to consider responses and submit final policies for determination.

For further information regarding the consultation process, please refer to our proposed arrangements, copies of which can be located on the school’s websites above or in hard copy on request from the school.

If you wish to further discuss this matter, or anything mentioned in this letter, please contact:

Emma Shaw via email:

or by phone 0161 882 1150.

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