Nursery admissions

All children are entitled to a free part-time nursery education place from the term after their third birthday. At Dowson we have one intake for Nursery Children which is in September. Nursery places are allocated by the school following the Tameside MBC criteria for accepting children – details of which can be found following the link below.


If you are interested in a place for your child, please contact the school office (0161.366.0177 option 2) who will be able to arrange a visit and provide further information. Places are available for morning sessions.

You will need to register your interest in a place by completing the online Nursery Application form here Register of Interest – Nursery

Primary school admissions

School admissions for Reception intake and for in-year transfers and admissions are now coordinated by Enquire Learning Trust. For details of that process and how parents can engage with it please follow the link below.

ELT Admissions

 Here you will also find other information, including the appeals process.

If you would like to register your interest in a Primary school places at Dowson please complete the Register of Interest – Primary form.

Secondary school admissions 

Your main contact for secondary school admissions is the Principal Admissions officer, Paula Barnett on 0161 342 3208 . You can follow this link to the Tameside online admissions system and how the process works.