We are delighted your family are considering  joining Gorton Primary School this September. 

With places available in Nursery and Reception, what an exciting time to join us.

All of our staff share a commitment to building better futures for local children. The Vantage Academy Trust family includes schools in Bolton, Knowsley and Greater Manchester – including St James Church of England Primary in Gorton – and has a strong track record of achieving school improvement and providing inspiring teaching and learning to its pupils.

To give you an example of this focus, since joining the Vantage Trust family in 2015, our partner school in Gorton, St James, has achieved significant improvement in its Key Stage 2 results, with 79% of pupils achieving level 4+ in Reading, Writing and Maths. Recently inspected by Ofsted, the school was rated ‘Good’ with Early Years and Leadership receiving ‘Outstanding’ judgements.  Local families are benefitting greatly from Vantage Academy Trust.

Miss Rhian Williams, Principal at St James is the Principal of Gorton Primary School.

You can find out more about St James’ journey here:


Chief Executive Officer, Simon Bramwell OBE, shares his vision for Gorton Primary School:

“We are delighted that the great work and improvements already achieved at St James have been recognised and that we have been entrusted to work with the local community to develop a new school for Gorton. This new school will be at the heart of the community, and will benefit from strong partnerships with both St James and with the exceptional teachers and other staff working across the wider Vantage trust. We are determined to give children in Gorton the very best start in life and I am looking forward to working with parents, staff, children and the community to make that a reality in the years to come.”

We look forward to welcoming your family to Gorton Primary School.

To apply for a Nursery or Reception place for September 2019, please download the appropriate Application form below, or contact us and we will be able to guide you through the process. If you prefer, call into our Reception Office on Mount Road for a form.

Scroll to the bottom of the page for all our contact information.

Admissions Forms

If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admissions arrangements. A copy of our Admissions Policy is available on request.

To download our admissions forms please click on the links below or email the school office for a form at:

Alternatively, you can call into our Reception Office on Mount Road to collect the forms you need.


Nursery Admissions

You can find the application form below, or visit us on Mount Road to collect one. Once we have received your completed application form we will arrange a home visit. Following this we will allocate a class and invite your child to a Stay and Play session ahead of starting in September.

School Admissions

You can find the application form below, or visit us on Mount Road to collect one.


For the academic year 2019/2020 our school capacity is as follows:

Year GroupNumber of Places



The oversubscription criteria for when a school is full is:

Category 1 – children who are looked after by a local authority and children who were previously looked after by a local authority. Previously looked after children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order)

Category 2 – children with exceptional medical/social needs

Category 3 – children with a sibling at the school

Category 4 –  all other children

Waiting List

Waiting lists will be held in criteria order according to the oversubscription criteria. Waiting lists will not be operated on a “first come, first served” basis. The amount of time an applicant is on a waiting list will not affect their position on it.

Local Authority Admissions

You can find more information about School Admissions for September 2018 and in year transfers from Manchester LA website: