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Bickershaw Church of England Primary School

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Bickershaw Church of England Primary School

Valuing the past, inspiring the present and ambitious for the future



Applying for a reception class place for 2019

If your child was born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015, they will start reception class at the start of the new school year in September 2019.

The closing date for on time applications was 15th January 2019.

The online application service (external link) 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 16th April 2019.  

Late applications

If you have not yet applied for a primary 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.

Please note - If you change your preferences and we are able to offer a place based on your new form, we will automatically withdraw the original offer if one was made.  

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.

It is important that you read the ‘Applying for a place at primary school 2019/20’ 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.

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

Privacy Notice

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. 


Further Information

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.


Pre-School Admissions

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


Further transition

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 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:

Wigan Council Admission Arrangements

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.