Welcome to Crown Street Primary School

I would like to extend a very warm welcome to all prospective pupils and their parents/carers. If you do choose us, I promise that we will work as hard as we can, in partnership with you, to attain the very highest standards of education and welfare for your child. If we can be of any further help please contact us – [email protected]


We hope that you find our website useful, but there is no substitute for experiencing all that Crown Street Primary has to offer in person. Once we open our doors, we will offer school tours for prospective parents and carers. Booking for these tours will be available from September 2024.

Mrs Heleyna Thompson, Head of School

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Applying for a Reception place for September 2024

The Laurus Trust is the Admissions Authority for Crown Street Primary School. The co-ordination and administration of admissions for entry is undertaken by the Local Authority, Manchester City Council. Applications opened on the 15th August 2023. The admissions deadline for the academic year 2024/25 was 15th January 2024.
Offers will be made by Manchester City Council on 16th April 2024.

For more information about admissions visit the Council’s website here. The school’s Admissions Policy and information about Manchester admissions process can be found at the bottom of this page.

Applying for a Pre-School place at Crown Street Pre-School

Visit our Pre-School page for details of how to apply for a place. There is a separate admissions process and policy to admissions for a place in Reception.

Please note that a limited number of places are still available for September 2024. Please get in touch with us to find out more – [email protected]


How do I apply?

Applications are made to the Local Authority in which you reside. The applications process opens in August and the deadline is 15th January for starting school in the following September.

How does the admissions criteria work?

The school has 30 Reception places. If more than 30 applications are received, priority will be given to children in accordance with the oversubscription criteria which can be found in the Admissions Policy below. If a tie-break is necessary to determine which children are admitted then children living nearest the school will be given priority. Crown Street Primary School does not have a catchment area.

What is the difference between a Free School and a Local Authority School?

Free schools are funded by the government but are not run by the local authority.

Are all your staff qualified?

Yes, all of our staff are qualified in their respective areas.

How will I be told if my application is successful?

You will be informed by email on National Offer Day – 16th April 2024.

What happens if our application is unsuccessful?

All parents have a statutory right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel. Information on the appeals process is provided in the Admissions Policy below.

Do you have a waiting list?

Yes, and it will be open to any parent to ask for their 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, found in the Admissions Policy.


2024/25 Admissions Policy


2025/26 Admissions Policy


Manchester school admissions appeals process


School admission appeals timeline


Pre-School Admissions Policy


Pre-School Charging Policy