Our academy is a secondary school for ages 11-16. We are a comprehensive school. We accept applications from all young people who live in our local community.

We follow Salford City Council’s admissions code and are able to admit 300 pupils per year group.

To make an application you should:

  1. Read the Secondary School Admission Policy from Salford Council 2020-21
  2. Complete the admissions application form online.  If you have any problems, please contact the School Admissions team.
  3. Salford City Council School Admissions Team will contact you.

If we receive more applications than we have places, we will look at each application against our admissions policy. If you wish to appeal, please see our admissions policy for information.

Secondary School Admission Policy from Salford Council 2020-21

For further information about admissions to the academy please contact the academy reception on 0161 975 8000.

How we will deal with applications from every age group 

All applications to Co-op Academy Walkden are made through Salford Admissions Authority.

  • For parents seeking a place for the start of Year 7 in September:applications should be made to Salford Admissions before the end of the preceding October. This process remains open until December after students have started in Year 7. From January, any applications to any year groups are made following the In Year Applications process.
  • For parents seeking a place in Year 7 after December, or for any other year group: applications can be made to Salford Admissions Authority at any point in the year through the In Year Applications process. Complex cases are identified during this process and are reviewed at a monthly panel before being allocated.

What parents should do if they want to apply to send a child to Walkden 

We invite all prospective parents to arrange to come and see us on a normal working day by emailing If you like what you see, complete the application form that you can find here. If you apply for a place in the new Year 7, you will be notified by the Local Authority if your application has been successful on 1st March. If you apply for a place in any other year groups, you will be notified by the Local Authority if your application has been successful within 20 school days of your application being received, unless it is classed as a complex case, in which case a decision will be made at the next monthly panel.

Our oversubscription criteria – How we make decisions about who is given a place if we are oversubscribed

All places are allocated by Salford Admissions Authority using the following order of priority.

  1. Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children
  2. Children adopted from outside of England
  3. Children in Need, as defined by the Children’s Act (1989)
  4. Children with siblings currently attending Coop Academy Walkden in Years 7-10
  5. Children living nearest the academy

Full details can be found in the Salford Admissions Authority policy.

Come and Visit our Academy

If you are thinking about our academy as your child’s secondary school, we suggest you visit the academy.

We usually hold an Open Evening in the autumn in which you will be able to see our facilities and meet our staff and students.

The Open Evening date for 2021 is TBC due to the current public health situation. We will publish more information nearer to the time.

We have an open school policy. If you wish to tour around, with or without your child, you can book an appointment. Please email

General Enquiries

Should you have any other enquiries, please contact us at the academy:

How parents can find out more about our admissions from the local authority

The Co-op Academy Walkden admissions policy can be found here.

The Local Authority Admissions Policy can be found here.


Please find full information on how to appeal here.

Secondary School Admissions September 2022

Offer date: 1st March 2022

Appeals to be submitted by: 31st March 2022

Appeals submitted by 29 March to be heard: 9th – 20th June 2022

Appeals for late applications will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal being lodged. Where an appeal in this category would have to be heard before an appeal received on time, the appeal will be heard at the same time or after the other appeal otherwise an injustice could occur and could be unfair.

Secondary School Admissions 2023-2024