Admission Arrangements

Click Here to visit the Lancashire County Council website on school admission arrangements. 

When to apply for a school place

The age your child will start school depends on when their birthday is. Children can start school from the September after their fourth birthday. 
 
These are the dates that children would usually start school and when to apply for a school place:

Primary school

Child born between Starts primary school   Apply between
1 Sep 2012 - 31 Aug 2013 Sep 2017   Sep 2016 - Jan 2017
1 Sep 2013 - 31 Aug 2014 Sep 2018   Sep 2017 - Jan 2018
1 Sep 2014 - 31 Aug 2015 Sep 2019   Sep 2018 - Jan 2019
1 Sep 2015 - 31 Aug 2016 Sep 2020   Sep 2019 - Jan 2020
1 Sep 2016 - 31 Aug 2017 Sep 2021   Sep 2020 - Jan 2021

 Secondary (high) school

Child born between Starts secondary school   Apply between
1 Sep 2005 - 31 Aug 2006 Sep 2017   Sep 2016 - Oct 2016
1 Sep 2006 - 31 Aug 2007 Sep 2018   Sep 2017 - Oct 2017
1 Sep 2007 - 31 Aug 2008 Sep 2019   Sep 2018 - Oct 2018
1 Sep 2008 - 31 Aug 2009 Sep 2020   Sep 2019 - Oct 2019
1 Sep 2009 - 31 Aug 2010 Sep 2021   Sep 2020 - Oct 2020

Primary Places

When to apply
Children can start school from the September after their fourth birthday. 

You need to apply for a place at a primary school, even if it’s linked to your child’s nursery, or your child's brother or sister is already at the school.

Applications opened on 1 September 2017. The deadline for applications to primary schools is 14th January 2018.

If you miss this deadline, you can fill in the late application form. You will need to do this as soon as possible. Applications are prioritised based on the time received and a late application may reduce your chance of getting your preference of school.

Secondary Places

The admissions system for children starting school in September 2018 opens on 1st September 2017, and closes on 30th October 2017. 

If you've miss this deadline, you will need to fill in the late application form as soon as possible. Applications are prioritised based on the time received and a late application may reduce your chance of getting your preference of school.

Changing Schools mid-year 

If you are new to the area or want to request a transfer to another school (also known as in-year school admissions) the council can provide information to help with your application. You can contact your local area education office for advice.

When you apply for admission to Lancashire schools you have the right to express up to three school preferences.

To find out whether a school has a place available, you can either contact your local area education office or the schol directly. 

You will need to speak to the current school and the school you intend to move to.

If you have moved house it may be essential to move your child, however, if a school move is not absolutely essential you should carefully consider the implications for your child.

If your child is unhappy in their current school for whatever reason, for example, alleged bullying or not getting on with a teacher, you should first contact the headteacher and discuss the problems before changing schools. School transfer is very disruptive for any child and it is not encouraged if the problem can be resolved by the school.

If it is not essential that your child moves school, please read our guidance: what to think about if you are considering a change of school.

Start Date - If your child is moving schools during the year the start date will normally be at the beginning of the next school term (September, January, April). Children will continue to attend their existing school until that date.

If you are new to the area and your child does not already have a school place, this does not apply.

Additional Needs

The Staff and Governors are committed to all children, regardless of Special Needs or challenges. We work with a variety of agencies to support children with short and long term additional needs. The school welcomes applications from everyone regardless of any disability or special need. Please contact the Headteacher if you have any concerns.

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