The following information is taken from Bolton Council's website.

Primary admissions to Reception Class 2019

If you have a child with a date of birth between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015 please contact Pupil and Student Services on 01204 332143/ 332137 to register your child's details. 

The closing date for Primary admissions is January 2019. If you have applied you will receive an offer letter in April 2019, along with this you will receive an appeal form if Bolton Local Authority has not been able to offer you your school of preferred choice. 

Admissions Criteria 2019

The 'Admission to Primary School' booklet provides information to parents/ carers regarding the admission criteria for each primary school. You can download the booklet by clicking here or by contacting Pupil and Student Services.

Our School Admission Criteria

The Governors will admit all children having an Education Health and Care plan in which the school is named.

Admission Criteria:

1. Looked after children - children who are in public care.

2. Vulnerable children  - children who are considered 'vulnerable' whose application for the preferred school is supported by the Assistant Director for Social Care. This will include:

  • Children for whom there is a child protection plan or has been within a 12 month period
  • Children who have had a period in care within 2 years of the admission application and are still receiving social care services
  • Children who are considered to be a significant risk of becoming looked after
  • Children who are living in temporary accommodation due to fleeing violence and the area for rehousing has been identified

3. Siblings - children who have older siblings in Reception to Year 6. Siblings include full, step, half, foster and adopted brothers and sisters living at the same address. 

4. Medical - children who suffer from some medical condition or disability which makes it better for them to attend that scholl rather than another. 

5. Proximity to the school - where you live.

Special Educational Needs

If your child is undergoing Statutory Assessment you will need to complete an application for admission. For further advice contact the Inclusion and Statutory Assessment Service 01204 332207


If you are not happy with the place you are offered by the Local Authority, you can appeal. You will receive an appeal form in the post with your offer which will be posted out in April 2019.

Transferring between Primary Schools

Bolton Council is responsible for co-ordinating admissions into all schools for those families resident within Bolton Metropolitan Borough.

This includes:-

  • Children wishing to change from one school to another within the borough
  • Children who have arrived into the borough requiring a school place
  • Children wishing to move from an independant 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 outside Bolton borough you must make an application through the school admission process for that authority.

Do I need to complete an application form?

The application form that parents/ carers will be requested to complete when requesting admssion to a new school can be found be clicking here or you can contact Pupil and Student Services. It is important that your child continues to attend their current school whilst your application is being considered, however it is recognized that for families who have moved into the borough this may not always be possible. You must, is such circumstances, inform the Headteacher at their previous school of the arrangements you are making.

Please click here to find out how to apply for a place at a Bolton Secondary school.