Applying for a reception class place for September 2020
If your child was born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016, they will start reception class at the start of the new school year in September 2020.
The closing date for on time applications was 15 January 2020.
The online application service is now closed. Applicants can still access the service to change their personal details if necessary. Offers will be sent out by email and available online on 16 April 2020.
Any applications received after this date will be classed as late. We will only look at late applications after we have dealt with the applications we receive on time.
This means that you are less likely to get a place at the school you want.
If any of the schools you want your child to go to is a Wigan voluntary aided primary school the governors will need extra information so that they can consider your application against their faith criteria.
If you do not give this information your child may be refused a place. You are strongly advised to complete a supplementary information form for each voluntary aided school you name as a preference.
Parents are responsible for checking that supplementary forms sent by post have been received by the school.
Delayed entry to primary school
- Delayed entry to primary school - Advice for parents and carers.
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When parents have chosen Bickershaw Church of England Primary School as their preferred school, applications are considered by the School Governors and places allocated according to the Admissions Policy. If an application is unsuccessful the appeals procedure is followed.
For Foundation Class pupils and parents a comprehensive and enjoyable induction package is arranged for the Summer Term prior to admission to school. Practitioners visit each child’s pre-school setting and arrange a visit to their home to ensure a smooth transfer.
A meeting is held for the parents and carers of prospective reception class children in May of each year. The children then spend time with us on play visits, followed by Inspire sessions for them and their families. These workshops take place during June and July, prior to the children starting school in September. This gives them the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the surroundings and also helps them to settle quickly on entry to school. Parents receive further information concerning the details of this at the Induction Meeting
Transition between key stages in the school and between our school and local high schools is carefully planned to ensure continuity for our children.
Admissions for Pupils Transferring From Other Schools
Parents and children are invited to look around the school and pupils are encouraged to attend sessions in their new classes prior to school transfer, to ease the change over between schools.
The school receives information regarding prior progress and attainment from the previous school, which is incorporated into each pupil’s work programme.
Staff are always willing to provide extra support and advice during the settling in period and should be contacted quickly should any worries or problems occur.
Admission Arrangements 2021-22
Admission Arrangements 2020-21
Admission Arrangements 2019-20
Admission Arrangements 2018-19
Please use the menu above to find the admission arrangements and information about appeals.
Admission Arrangements 2017-18
Details of how parents can find out about our school's admission arrangements through the local authority can be found by clicking the link below:
Applying for secondary schools in 2020
If your child will turn 11 between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020, he or she will transfer to secondary school at the start of the new school year in September 2020.
The closing date was 31st October 2019 and the online application service is now closed.
Applicants can still access the service to change their personal details if necessary.
If you have applied online, you will be able to view your result on the School Admissions Portal from 1st March 2020 and you will receive an email on 2nd March 2020. If you have applied using an application form, you will be notified of the result by letter.
If you have applied online and your email shows that you have not got a place at your first preference school, you will receive a letter with details of why you have been refused a place and how to appeal the decision. We will also provide information on waiting lists.
Please wait for your letter to arrive. If your letter has not arrived by 6th March 2020, please contact The School Organisation Team on 01942 489013.
If you have not yet applied for a secondary school place, or you wish to change your mind about the preferences or the order of preferences after the closing date, you must complete a late application form.
We will only look at late applications and late changes of preference after we have dealt with the applications we received on time. This means that you are less likely to get a place at the school you want.
Please DO NOT use this form to apply for a school transfer. You must apply via the moving schools page to apply for a school transfer.
It is very important that you read the 'Applying for a place at secondary school 2020/21' booklet before making your application.
If any of the schools you want your child to go to is a Wigan voluntary aided high school the governors will need extra information so that they can consider your application against their faith criteria. If you do not give this information your child may be refused a place.
You are strongly advised to complete a supplementary information form for each voluntary aided school you name as a preference. This must be returned to the relevant school before the closing date of 31st October 2019. It is your responsibility to check that any information sent by post has been received by the school.
- Find your schools' Supplementary Forms.
The Council has a legal responsibility to protect the data it collects. A copy of the School Admissions and Appeals Service Privacy Notice can be downloaded.