Bolton Local Authority has overall responsibility for admissions to our school, in accordance with the requirements of the law. Currently, the admissions limit is 30 pupils, per class, for the school year commencing September 2017.


Parents and carers who wish to apply for a place in our school, must do via Bolton Local Authority.


Admissions Criteria


The criteria listed below will be applied in priority order:


Please note: The children admitted under Priorities 1, 2 and 4 are minimal and only make up a very small percentage of our pupils, nevertheless, the priority criteria still applies.


  • Children who have a statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) will be offered places first. The following criteria will then apply:-


Priority 1

Children in public care (Looked after Children) who are the subject of a full care order.


Priority 2

Other children considered ‘vulnerable’ and whose application is supported by the Assistant Director for Social Care.


Priority 3

Children who have older siblings in years Reception- Year 6. ‘Siblings’ includes full, step, half, foster and adopted brothers and sisters living permanently at the same address.


Priority 4

Children who have a medical condition or disability.


Priority 5


Shortest walking distance to school.


Full details of Bolton’s admission procedures are available on the Bolton council website.


Oversubscription and appeals

As required by the law, the Local Authority will not admit more than 30 pupils to anyone Reception or Key Stage 1 class. If there are more applicants than places, we will then refer to our admissions criteria, to prioritise places. Parents will be offered a place in the late Spring term, for the following September, via a letter from the Local Authority. Any appeals for a place must be submitted to Bolton Local Authority.


New Pupils

New pupils to Reception and Nursery, and their parents, enjoy a comprehensive induction process which helps them to settle quickly and become familiar with the school. Please refer to the EYFS admissions section for further details.

There is a short but effective, staggered intake in September to help the Foundation Stage children settle happily into their new class.

Children joining the school at stages other than Reception will start in a class appropriate to their age and will undergo a comprehensive induction process, which includes having a ‘Buddy’ to help them settle quickly and happily at Washacre.


Open Days

We hold an annual Open Day at Washacre to provide an opportunity for parents / carers to view the school and meet the staff and children. We also welcome pre-arranged visits by parents / carers who wish to come along to see our school and judge for themselves the high standard of attainment, behaviour, teaching and learning that we achieve at Washacre

Visitors will be able to see for themselves that Washacre is a happy school where children have a love of learning and a deep respect for their environment and each other.


High Schools

We work alongside several high schools to try and make the transition process as smooth as possible. Our previous pupils have gone to Westhoughton High, Canon Slade, St James Farnworth, Ladybridge High, Rivington and Blackrod, Hindley High, Kearsley Academy, Bedford High and St Josephs, Horwich.


Special Educational Needs or Free School Meals

Sometimes children need a little additional support. School has allocated funding to assist children overcome any difficulties.   Some children are entitled to Pupil Premium and / or SENDs funding. Their needs will be discussed with parents and the provision school offers recorded on both a Class Action Plan and a Provision Map. The impact of such provision will be measured closely to ensure value for money for those pupils.

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