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School Admissions

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.

Online admissions for Primary Schools is available though the Citizens Portal.

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. 

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.

Please note, Pupil and Student Services will not provide any information via telephone with regard to school allocations in any circumstances.

Special Educational Needs – If your child is undergoing an Education Health and Care Assessment you will still need to complete an application for admission. For further advice contact the Inclusion and Statutory Assessment Service on 01204 338653.

If you wish to appeal the decision, please follow the link in your offer email.

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?

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.

Please download the ‘Admission to Primary School Booklet 2021’ for more information about: important dates and deadlines, admission criteria and the appeals process.

Admission to Primary School Booklet 2021
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