Primary admission to Reception Class 2015

Bolton residents who have registered their child's details with a school or Bolton Local Authority will be sent an admissions information pack at the end of September 2014. You must wait for this pack before applying as it contains your child's unique reference which will enable an on line application to be made from 23 September 2014.

If you have a child with a date of birth between  1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 and you have not registered their details you must contact Pupil and Student Services on 01204 332143 / 332137 immediately.

Paper preference forms will be sent out on 1 December 2014 to those Bolton residents who have not completed an on line application.

The closing date for all applications is 15 January 2015. 

If you apply on line you will receive your offer by email on 16 April 2015.  You will also receive an offer letter by post.  If Bolton Local Authority has not been able to offer you your preferred school you will also receive an appeal form.

If you have completed a paper preference form your offer letter will be posted on 16 April 2015.  If Bolton Local Authority has not been able to offer you your preferred school you will also receive an appeal form.

Admission criteria 2015

The 'Admission to Primary School' booklet provides information to parents/carers regarding the admission criteria for each primary school. You may view/download the booklet from the downloads tab or by contacting Pupil and Student Services.


Please note that Essa Primary school is a Free School and not an Academy as shown on page 8 of the booklet.

St Saviour Ringley - the agreed admission limit is 30 and not 20 as shown in the booklet on page 48.

St Matthew's (Little Lever) - the admission policy published on page 43 in the booklet is incorrect.  Please find the correct policy in the downloads tab above.

Not all open days are listed in the booklet.  Please contact the relevant school for further information.

Special educational needs

If your child is undergoing a Statutory Assessment you will still need to complete an application for admission. For further advice contact the Inclusion and Statutory Assessment Service on 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 on 16 April 2015.

Applying online

It is recommended that you read these notes of guidance to help with the online process.

Access the online school admission system here

Transferring between Primary Schools

 Bolton Council is 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?

The application form that the parents/carers will be required to complete when requesting admission to a new school can be found under the downloads tab of this page together with the notes of guidance.

You must ensure your child’s continued attendance at 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.

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