Admissions Policy

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All children who reach the age of five during the school year (1st Sep.-31st Aug.) are eligible for admission to Reception at the start of the Autumn term. 

The Local Authority is responsible for offering places on behalf of the school. The detail of their policy is explained in the “Admissions to Primary School” booklet, which is published annually and sent to all parents. Further information is available from Pupil and Student Services at the Local Authority, on 01204 332143.

The school has an admission limit of 60 pupils for each year group, with the exception of the current Year 6 which remains at 30. If more than the agreed number of applicants is received, then places will be offered according to the following Local Authority criteria for community and voluntary-controlled primary schools 2016/17. In the Autumn term, prior to a child starting in Reception class, we hold an open day for prospective parents to visit school. Once a child has been offered a place, all children have the opportunity to visit school in the Summer Term before they start school. Parents of pupils who have not been allocated a place, have the right to appeal.


The Council will admit all children with a statement of special educational needs, in whose statement the school is named. The proposed policy for admission to community and controlled primary schools for 2016/2017 is as follows:

 If the school is over-subscribed the following criteria will be applied to all applications in priority order.

1. Children in Public Care (Looked After Children) including adopted children who were previously in care and children who leave care under a special guardianship or residence order. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of the local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social functions (see definition in Section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989)

2. Other children who are considered as “vulnerable” whose application for the preferred school is supported by the Assistant Director for Social Care. This will include; a. Children for whom there is a child protection plan or has been within a 12 month period. b. Children who have had a period in care within 2 years of the admission application and are still receiving social care services c. Children who are considered to be at significant risk of becoming looked after d. Children who are living in temporary accommodation due to fleeing violence and the area for rehousing has been identified

3. Children who will have older siblings in years Reception to Year 6 of the preferred school at the time of application and at the date of admission. Sibling includes full, step, half, foster and adopted brothers and sisters living at the same address.

4. Children who have strong Church connections where the school is a Church school. Parents must complete the supplementary form attached to the application form as evidence that the family and the child are active worshipping members at the church to which the school is affiliated. Active worshipping members of the church will be those persons who worship at least once a month sustained over a period of a year prior to the closing date for applications.

5. Children who suffer from some medical condition or disability, which makes it, better for them to attend that school rather than another. Places will only be offered under this criterion if the child has a certified medical condition with strong professional supporting evidence confirming that existing exceptional problems with the child’s health would be seriously exacerbated if a place were not made at the preferred school. Parents applying under this criteria must provide a letter from the child’s GP/Consultant setting out the reasons why the school is the most suitable school and details of the child’s medical condition. Medical evidence must be submitted by 15th January 2016. Evidence received after this date will not be taken into consideration

6. Proximity (Where you live). Shortest walking distance to the preferred school minus shortest walking distance to the nearest/next nearest school plus 100 to create a ranking value. The lower the ranking value the higher the priority for a place. The nearest/next nearest school will include all community, voluntary-controlled, foundation, free and academy schools whether in the Bolton Borough or not.

If any categories are oversubscribed then geographical proximity (as set out in category 6 above) will be used as a tie breaker. If the proximity value is equal then random allocation will be used as a tie-breaker. The shortest walking route will be that determined by the Local Authority using only those public rights of way recognised within the measuring system. This will be measured using Routefinder, a computerised mapping system which uses the ordnance survey integrated network which measures from the point on the highway nearest to the centre of the home property and the designated main entrance to the school. In the event of a tie-break within a block of flats those living furthest from the communal entrance will be given priority. Where a single place remains at a school and the application being considered is for twins (etc.) the Council will allocate above the admission number to accommodate each child.