Formal consultation to expand pupil admission number

2021-22 Admission Arrangements

2022-23 Admission Arrangements

Timetable for organising and hearing admission appeals

Appeals Timetable

Admission Arrangements 2020-21




Age range: 11-16


Admission number: 180


Oversubscription criteria:


Where the school receives more applications than places available, the following admission criteria will be applied once places have first been allocated to pupils who have a statement of special educational needs which names the school:



1. Looked after children and previously looked after children.


Previously looked after children are 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).  Applications for previously looked after children must be supported with appropriate evidence i.e. a copy             of the adoption order.


2. Children who appear to the Governing Body of the school to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.


Note:  A child is regarded as having been in state care in a place outside of England if they were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation or any other provider of care whose sole purpose is to benefit society.  Applications must be supported with appropriate evidence that the child has been adopted from state care.


3. Children with brothers or sisters who will be attending the school in the 2019-20 school year.


4. Children who attend one of the following associated primary schools:  Golborne All Saints, Golborne Community Primary, Golborne St. Thomas’s, Lowton J&I, Lowton St. Catherine’s, Lowton St. Luke’s, Lowton St. Mary’s, Lowton West Primary within the WA3 1, WA3 2, and WA3 3 postcode areas.


5. Other children living in Golborne and Lowton within the WA3 1, WA3 2, and WA3 3 postcode areas.



6. Children who attend one of the following primary schools in Abram:  Abram Bryn Gates Primary and St John’s CE Primary within the area defined in blue on the attached map.

Golborne High Map


7. Other children living nearest to the school.




Where there are more children in one particular criterion than the number of places available, places will be allocated to the children who live nearest to the school.  The distance will be measured in a straight line from the child’s home address to a central point at the school using a Geographical Information System (GIS) which is based on ordnance survey.

Occasionally the distance from home to school is the same for more than one child.  For example, if more than one child lives in the same block of flats.  In these cases, a system to randomly pick who will be offered a place will be used.  The governing body will use the same system used by the local authority for community and controlled schools.  A copy of the policy is available on request from the local authority.

If we offer the last place available at the school to one of twins (or triplets, and so on) our policy is to admit the other twin or triplet too.


Brothers and Sisters


With regards to oversubscription criteria 2, brothers or sisters will include:-


  • Half-brothers and half-sisters;
  • Stepbrothers and stepsisters; and
  • Foster brothers and foster sisters


who live at the same address as part of the same family unit.


Home Address

When considering an application, we will use the permanent home address at the closing date for applications.  If parents are separated and the child spends time at each parent’s address, the address we use for admission to schools is that of the main carer.  We use the address of the parent who receives the Child Benefit for this.


Late Applications

Late applications (those received after the closing date) will only be considered after those received by the closing date.  The only exception to this is applications for looked after children that are received by 30th November will be included with on time applications.



Waiting List Policy

Places may become available at a school after the offer date.  To decide which children have these places, we will:

  • put all children who we refused a place at one of their preferences on the waiting list for the school;
  • keep the list in priority order, decided by the oversubscription criteria for the school only;
  • offer places that become available to the next child on the waiting list; and maintain the waiting list until the end of the autumn term;


We cannot take into account the length of time a child’s name has been on the waiting list, only the admission criteria for the school.  This means that your child’s position on the list may change if another parent asks to be put on the list and their child has higher priority in the admission criteria.           


Admission of Children Outside their Normal Age Group


Parents may seek a place for their child outside of their normal age group, for example, to a higher year group if the child is gifted and talented or to a lower year group if the child has experienced problems such as ill health.

A decision is made on the basis of the circumstances of each case.

The process is as follows:

Stage 1 – Request

Parents make a formal request to the Local Authority School Organisation Team in writing with any supporting evidence they wish to be considered.

  • A request for early entry into Year 7 should be made before 31 October in the previous academic year in order to give sufficient time for the case to be considered prior to the offer of school places on 1 March.
  • A request for in year admission outside of the normal age group should be made on the normal in year transfer form. 



Stage 2 – Decision

Requests for voluntary-aided, foundation and academy schools will be referred to the school to be considered.

Requests for community and voluntary controlled schools will be considered by the local authority.  We will look at the following factors but these are not exhaustive:


  • Parent’s views
  • The needs of the child and the possible impact on them of being educated out of year group
  • The child’s medical history and views of medical professionals if appropriate
  • In the case of children born prematurely the fact that they may have naturally fallen into the lower age group if they had been born on their expected date of birth
  • Whether delayed academic, social, emotional or physical development is adversely affecting their readiness for school;
  • Any other information which the parent requests the local authority to consider.  



Stage 3 – Outcome

Parents are notified of the decision in writing by the School Organisation Team.

Request agreed:

If the request is agreed the application will be considered for the year group requested and ranked alongside any other applications.  There is no guarantee that a place will be offered at the preferred school.  Parents have a statutory right to appeal against the refusal of a place at a school for which they have applied.  This right does not apply if they are offered a place at the school but it is not in their preferred age group.

Where a child has been educated out of their normal age group, the parent may again request admission out of the normal age group when they transfer to secondary school.  It will be for the admission authority of that school to decide whether to admit the child out of their normal age group.

Request refused:

There is no statutory right of appeal against the refusal of a request for admission outside the normal age group.  However, if the parents are dissatisfied they have the right to complain through the Council’s complaints procedure for decisions made by the local authority or under the school’s complaints procedure where the decision has been made by the school.





School Admissions Code, December 2014:


DfE Advice on the admission of summer born children, December 2014: