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Admission to reception class 2020

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 2015 and 31 August 2016, your child is due to start reception in September 2020.

Read through the booklet Admission to Primary School 2020, which gives information about the admission process.

Read the guidance notes to help you to apply.

If you have not applied for a reception class place for September 2020 you must now contact School Admissions. Your application will now be classed as late.

An application form can be downloaded, completed and returned to School Admissions. The address is on the form or can be emailed to

 School Admissions Portal

The online application process closed on 15 January 2020.

School offer day was 16 April 2020. Offers were made by email only. Emails were sent from 7am on Thursday 16 April 2020. If you have not received your email, please check in your junk and spam folders before telephoning the school admissions. You can also view your school offer by logging into your account through the Citizens Portal. We will not provide any information via telephone with regard to school allocations in any circumstances.

If you wish to appeal please follow the link in your offer email. Changes cannot now be made to your application for a school place, however, you may apply again in August as an in year application. Any new application forms received will cancel any application received previously.

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.