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An outstanding school where everyone
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Thanks for your interest in Didsbury CE Primary School. Set right in the heart of Didsbury, we are a historic yet forward-thinking Church of England school committed to providing each child in our care an excellent start to life.

An “outstanding” start, even: that’s how Didsbury CE was rated in our last Ofsted report. We’re delighted that the lengths we go to in order to ensure your child develops academically, creatively and spiritually were recognised by the inspectors.

But a good school for your child is not just about figures and league tables. When people come to Didsbury CE Primary, they often tell us that it feels like a very caring school, and we’re really proud of that special family atmosphere. We are a small school with a maximum intake of 30 children in each year, and our friendly, understanding staff will do all they can to support your child by both cherishing them and challenging them to fulfill their potential. 

Our high-quality teaching of the core curriculum is supplemented by sports activities, music lessons, choirs and clubs - we’re committed to encouraging children to discover their passions. And they feed off this sense of participation, be that in School Council, weekly class assemblies or annual productions.

So please do take the time to look around the website and get a glimpse of what life is like here at Didsbury CE Primary School. But we’d like to have the opportunity to show you personally how 400 years-worth of education here has developed into a happy, successful and caring Christian school for the 21st century. Please do get in touch and arrange a time to see for yourself why Didsbury CE Primary remains outstanding.

We hope to see you very soon.

Matt Whitehead, Executive Headteacher

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So, you're impressed by everything that Didsbury CE Primary School has to offer. The next step is applying to get your children into the school. This is how admissions work. 

Didsbury CE Primary School is a one-form entry primary school for children aged 4-11. Every September we welcome 30 children into our reception class - although high priority is given to children with Church connections, other local children are welcome and attend the school and nursery in significant numbers. 

As a Church Of England school with strong links to St James & Emmanuel Didsbury, we admit in the first instance children whose parents/carers have a proven commitment to that church - although priority is first given to children with a statement of special educational needs naming Didsbury CE Primary School, looked after children, and siblings of children already attending the school. 

There are further categories, including children of parents who worship elsewhere and of other faiths - please download the full admissions policy below. In all categories, priority will be given to children living nearest the school.

The “proven commitment” to church is established by a faith leader’s reference form, also downloadable below. 

So in order to apply for a place at Didsbury CE Primary you need to do two things.

  1. Apply directly to the school using the downloadable forms below. Don’t forget to fill in the faith leader’s form if applying for a place based on faith.
  2. Remember also to apply through Manchester City Council’s coordinated admissions process. Please contact them directly if you have not received details of this process.


For Nursery admission please fill in a school application form as your child's date of birth will make it clear that  a Nursery place is required.

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Didsbury Church of England Primary School
Elm Grove
Manchester, M20 6RL

0161 445 7144