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 online application service is now open. You may have registered an interest previously at a Wigan primary school but this is not an application for a school place. To be considered for your preferred primary schools, you must apply online or fill in the Wigan Council primary school application form.
It is important that you read the ‘Applying for a place at primary school 2020/21’ booklet below before making your application.
If you need any help using the online service please contact the School Organisation Team on 01942 489013. Application forms are also available from Wigan primary schools.
The closing date for applications is 15th January 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 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 2019
If your child will turn 11 between 1st September 2018 and 31st August 2019, he or she will transfer to secondary school at the start of the new school year in September 2019.
The online service is now open for parent/cares of Y6 pupils to apply for secondary school. Below is the web link for the secondary school page.
The closing date is Wednesday 31st October.