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Admission to reception class 2022

The offer date for a primary school place is 19th April 2022 (national offer day is 16th April, but where this falls on a weekend or bank holiday, offer day will be the next working day). 

If you have applied online your school place offer will be sent by email on the morning of the 19th April, you can also view your child's offer of a school place by logging onto the Citizen Portal. 

If you application was late, you may not receive the offer of a place until after the 19th April.

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

Applications for primary school September 2022 opened on 20th September 2021, and closed on the 15th January 2022 for children whose dates of birth falls between 1 September 2017 and 31st August 2018.

Our online process is now closed.  If you have not completed an application, you must now complete the paper application form.  Your application will be processed as late, and will not be considered until after those that were received prior to the closing date.

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.

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?

The application process is currently unavailable.  Our new application process will be available from 9th August.  Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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.