Admissions

Admission to reception class 2020

You must be resident in Bolton.  If you live outside Bolton you must apply through your home authority.

If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016, your child is due to start reception in September 2020.

Read through the booklet Admission to Primary School 2020, which gives information about the admission process.

Read the guidance notes to help you to apply.

Application for primary school 2020 will be open on Monday 23 September 2019.

School Admissions Portal

The online application process closes on 15 January 2020.

School offer day is 16 April 2020. Information will not be provided before this date in any circumstance. Offers will be made by email only. Emails will be sent from 7am on Tuesday 16 April 2020. If you have not received your email please check in your junk and spam folders before telephoning the school admissions. You can also view your school offer by logging into your account through the Citizens Portal. Pupil and Student Services will not provide any information via telephone with regard to school allocations in any circumstances.

If you wish to appeal please follow the link in your offer email. Changes cannot now be made to your application for a school place, however, you may apply again in August as an in year application. Any new application forms received will cancel any application received previously.

Schools directory (for OFSTED reports and performance tables).

Ofsted is changing the way it inspects and reports on schools. 

Transferring between Primary Schools

We are responsible for co-ordinating admissions into all schools for those families resident within the Bolton Metropolitan Borough. This includes:

  • children wishing to change from one school to another school within the borough
  • children who have arrived into the borough requiring a school place
  • children wishing to move from an independent school to a school maintained by the Council
  • children resident in the borough but requiring admission to a school in another borough

If you live in the area of another local authority then you must make an application through the school admission team for that authority.

Is there an application form I need to complete?

Parents or carers must complete the application form  after reading the notes of guidance.  There is also a second form that the current school, if it is in Bolton, must complete.

You must make sure your child continues to attend their current school whilst your application is being considered. However, it is recognised that for families who have moved into Bolton this may not always be possible. You must in such circumstances inform the headteacher at their previous school of the arrangements you are making.

Admission Policy for Community and Voluntary- Controlled Primary Schools 2020/2021 Any pupil has the right to a place at any one of the schools for which Bolton Council is the admission authority, provided that the demand for places at a school does not exceed the admission number for that school.
Initially, places will be allocated to children with an Educational Health Care Plan which names a school in part 4 of that care plan (see page 15). Where demand for a school exceeds the number of places available the council needs to allocate places based on a fair and objective method.
Where a community school is oversubscribed the criteria listed below will be applied in priority order. All applications will be considered without reference to the parents/ carers preference ranking for a school. The policy for admission to community and controlled primary schools for 2020/2021 Children who have an Educational Health Care Plan EHCP) will be offered places first.

The following criteria will then apply: Criteria: 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 child arrangements order.

A ‘Looked after Child’ is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989) at the time of making an application to a school. 2) Children for whom there is a child protection plan or has been within a 12-month period (see definition under section 47 of the children act 1989). 3) Children who will have older siblings in years Reception to Year 6 of the preferred school at the time of application and 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 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. The supplementary form can be downloaded from the website. 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 criterion 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 15 January 2019.

Evidence received after this date will not be taken into consideration. 22 6) Proximity (Where you live) – Children who live nearest the school (geographical proximity). Under this category the remaining places will be offered to children who live nearest the preferred school. The distance will be measured in a straight-line using route finder a computerized mapping system which measures from the centre of the home property and designated main entrance to the school. If any categories are oversubscribed, then geographical proximity (as set out in category 6 above) will be used as a tiebreaker. If the proximity value is equal, then random allocation will be used as a tiebreaker.

Tiebreaker If category 2 or 3 are oversubscribed geographical proximity as set out in category 6 will be used as the tiebreaker to decide between the remaining cases. If after measuring distances, it is still not possible to decide on the child(ren) to offered admission (for example two children living in the same block of flats or in the same house) the local authority’s system of random draw will determine which of the children can be offered a place. The draw will take place at the local authority’s offices and the name(s) will be drawn by a local authority officer who is independent of the admissions process. 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.

Waiting lists for oversubscribed schools On the national offer day of 16th April 2020, the admission authority will establish a waiting list for all primary schools in Bolton that are still oversubscribed.

If a child has expressed a preference for a school and they have not been offered a place in that school, they will be put on the waiting list. The child will be on the waiting list regardless of whether you are appealing for a place.

The 18 waiting list will be maintained until the end of the Autumn Term 2020. The waiting list will remain fluid. It I possible that places may become available in a school after the offer day, 16th April 2020. The main reason places become available is because of children declining places in Local Authority schools to take up a place in an Independent School, (e.g. Bolton School). The number of places that may become available will vary from school to school depending on the number that decline places. The criteria for offering places from the waiting list will not change from the criteria published in this booklet.

If any more places become available, the places will be offered using the published admission criteria to those children who are next on the waiting list. Appeals It is hoped that the allocation procedure described above will result in a satisfactory offer of a place for each child. If, however, the authority’s final offer is not satisfactory, the parent/carer has a right of appeal under Sections 94 and 95 of the Education Act 1998.

Paragraph 12 of Schedule 24 to the 198 Act allows an appeal panel to determine that a place should be offered to a child refused admission to school on class size “prejudice” grounds. In this situation the appeal panel can only allow the appeal if it is satisfied that the decision to refuse the child a place was not one which a reasonable admission authority would make, or that the child would have been offered a place if the published admission arrangements have been properly implemented. A leaflet explaining the appeal procedure is obtainable from Department of People, Pupil & Student Services.

An appeal must be made in writing to Democratic Services, 1st Floor, Town Hall, Bolton, BL1 1RU within 14 days of the date of the authority’s offer of a school place. If the appeal succeeds, the Admission Authority must offer your child a place at the school. If you appeal fails, your child will be kept on the waiting list for your preferred school until the end of the Autumn Term. There is no set number of appeals that are allowed.

The panel may allow some, or none at all. Unless there are significant and material changes in circumstances relevant to a further appeal the policy is not to consider repeat appeals for the same school. If you are unsuccessful with your appeal, you may appeal for other schools applied for in the same way stated above. What happens after a place in a school has been offered? If you have not been offered a place in one of your preferred schools, you can appeal for a place at one of the schools originally applied for (see information in this booklet). Your child will also be places on the waiting list for all your preferred schools. If you have been offered a place in a school you are happy with, you should contact the school to accept the offer by the deadline date given in your offer.

Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan The Department of People recognise that, at any one time, approximately 20% of pupils may have SEN that require extra help at school. For the majority of these pupils their SEN will be met by their mainstream school, in line with the SEN Code of Practice. All schools have a designated member of staff, the SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator), who has responsibility for special educational needs.

Schools also have a SEN Governor who has particular responsibility for the SEN policy and ensuring its delivery. There are a small proportion of pupils whose needs are so severe that they cannot be met by the resources available to mainstream school and the support services available to them. These pupils will require an Education, Health & Care Plan and may be placed in either a mainstream or a special school.

The Special Educational Needs & Disability Act 2001 introduced new duties on LA, schools, higher education institutes and youth services. The Act strengthens the right of children with special educational needs to be educated in mainstream schools where parents wish it and the interests of the other children can be protected. It also requires the school to inform parents/carer’s where they are making special educational needs provision for their child.

Part 4 of the Act amends the Disability Discrimination Act (1995) by placing new duties on providers of school and post-16 education: • Not to treat disabled pupils less favorably, without justification, for a reason which relates to their disability • To make reasonable adjustments so that disabled pupils are not put at a substantial disadvantage to pupils who are not disabled • To prepare accessibility strategies (LAs) and accessibility plans (schools) for increasing, over time, the accessibility of schools for disabled pupils (the ‘planning duty’) It should be noted that these duties are all ‘anticipatory’ i.e. schools need to consider the requirements of current and future disabled pupils.

This means that schools are expected to make reasonable enquiries to find out whether children currently on roll, as well as those seeking admission, have a disability. All schools should now produce a Disability Equality Scheme to show how they are meeting their duties under the Disability Discrimination Act. Admission of a pupil with an Education, Health and Care Plan is determined by the school named in Section I of the Education, Health and Care Plan. Parents/carers have a right to state their preferred choice of school and the local authority must comply with the request unless the school is unsuitable to the child’s age, ability, aptitude or special educational needs or the placement would be incompatible with the efficient education of the other children with whom the child would be educated.

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