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Admission to reception class 2021
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 2016 and 31 August 2017, your child is due to start reception in September 2021.
Primary school place applications for September 2021 will be open on Monday 28th September 2020. Apply online through the Citizen Portal, for a primary school place in 2021.
Read through the booklet Admission to Primary School 2021, which gives information about the admission process.
Read the guidance notes to help you to apply.
The online application process closes on 15 January 2021.
School offer day is on 16 April 2021. Offers will be made by email only. Emails will be sent from 7am on Friday 16 April 2021.
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?
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.