Admissions can be made at any time during the year, but usually take place in September, when pupils coming to the end of Year 6, transfer from our linked Primary School, The Birches, or from mainstream schools. The Local Authority controls admissions. Manchester Local Authority’s policy for determining admissions to maintained special schools is based upon matching the special educational needs of individual pupils to the particular range of needs provided for in each school.  Special schools are broadly classified as providing for a particular type of special educational need.  Since many pupils may show a combination of needs, the predominant identified need will normally be the determining factor in school placements.

Pupil placements follow a formal assessment of the pupils’ special educational needs.  This process usually results in the issue or amendment  of an Education Health Care Plan, naming the school which offers the most appropriate provision for the pupil concerned.

Update for parents/carers of current Y6 pupils regarding school year 2020-21

We usually offer guided tours of Melland High School and Q&A sessions for parents and carers who require more support. Unfortunately, due to the current situation and following government guidance regarding COVID 19 we are not able to offer this at present.

We understand that you will be submitting high school preferences at present or in the near future and we invite you to explore our website and see the school information and online news. There is a useful welcome video for new starters here which gives an online tour of the school and facilities.

If you have any queries or individual questions, please get in touch with Kate Milburn (Head of Key Stage 3)


  • Email “Y6 Enquiry” to with your contact details and any specific questions.
  • Phone the school office on 0161 223 991 with your contact details and Ms Milburn will get back in touch.

Link to Admissions Information Flyer