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Admission to reception class 2022

You must be resident and pay Council Tax to Bolton. If you live outside Bolton you must apply through your home authority.

If your child was born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018, your child is due to start reception in September 2022. The application process for admission opens on 20th September 2021.  

Citizen Portal

Read through the Admission to Primary School 2022 booklet, which gives information about the admission process.

Read the guidance notes to help you to apply.

The online application process closes on 15 January 2022. 

National offer day is on 16 April 2022. 

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?

Parents or carers must complete the application form  after reading the notes of guidance.  There is also a second form that the current school, if it is in Bolton, must 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.