For September 2021 entry into Year 7

The Laurus Trust is the Admissions Authority for Didsbury High School. The co-ordination and administration of student admissions for entry is undertaken by the Local Authority.

Admissions for September 2020 have now closed. Please contact the Local Authority on how to submit a late application.

Note: Didsbury High School does not have a catchment area. If a tie break is required to determine which children get a place at the school then those living closest will have priority. See the FAQs below for further information.

As Didsbury High School is a new school opening one year group at a time there is currently no availability for mid-year admissions.

Offers will be made in March 2021 by the Local Authority.



Are all your staff qualified?
All Laurus Trust teachers are fully qualified and are required to commit to their ongoing professional development at the point of being recruited.
What is the difference between a Free School and a Local Authority School?
Free Schools are academies and are funded directly from central government rather than via the Local Authority.
How do I apply?

Applications for a September 2021 Year 7 place should be made using the Local Authority’s online admission form. The closing date is 31st October 2020.

How do the admissions criteria work?

The school has 210 Year 7 places. If more than 210 applications are received, priority will be given to children in accordance with the oversubscription criteria which can be found in the Admissions Policy.  Didsbury High School does NOT have a catchment area, the tie-break is distance so those living nearest to the school will have priority.

How will I be told if my application is successful?

You will be informed by email in March 2021 and by letter two to three days later.

What happens if my application is unsuccessful?

All parents have a statutory right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel. For more information please see the Admission Policy.

Do you have a waiting list?

Yes, and it will be open to any parent to ask for his or her child’s name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application. Vacant places will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria in the Admissions Policy.

Do you have a entrance exam?

No, Didsbury High School is a non-selective fully comprehensive school for 11-16 children. Academic entry criteria for the Sixth Form will be set and reviewed on an annual basis.