Secondary September Admission Arrangements

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For admission arrangements, please read below, they are managed and processed by Bolton Council.

How to apply for a Year 7 Place

In common with other local secondary schools, Bolton St Catherine’s Academy will work within Bolton local authority’s admission arrangements: .

There will be a total of 165 places for boys and girls moving from primary to secondary school. All applications for 165 Year 7 places will be considered. Where less than 165 applications have been received, places will be offered to all those who applied.

Timetable for admissions:


The Academy will provide opportunities for parents to visit. During COVID this has not been possible but you can still find out everything you need to know by clicking here and viewing our Secondary Open Evening pages.


Application forms need to be completed online by the end of October. Click here to find out how to apply.


Offer letters are sent to parents

End of March

Deadline for appeals


For our full Admissions Policy, please see our Admissions Policies for further information Admission Arrangements and Open Events.


Secondary phase oversubscription criteria

Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the published admission number, applications will be considered against the criteria set out below. After the admission of pupils who completed Year 6 at Bolton St Catherine's Academy and who transfer automatically to Year 7 and those with Education and Health Care Plans or statements of Special Educational Needs where Bolton St Catherine's Academy is named on the statement or plan, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in order:

1. Looked After Children (Children who are in the care of a Local Authority or being provided with accommodation by a Local Authority at the time of making an application to the Academy) and previously Looked after Children (Children who were looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became the subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).

2. Vulnerable children will be considered next for admission. (Children whose application for the Academy is supported by the Assistant Director for Social Care). This will include;

  • Children for whom there is a child protection plan or has been within a 12 month period
  • Children who have had a period in care within 2 years of the admission application and are still receiving social care services
  • Children who are considered to be at significant risk of becoming looked after by public care
  • Children who are living in temporary accommodation due to fleeing violence and rehousing has been identified

3. Children who will have older siblings in Year 7 to 11 of the Academy at the date of application. Older children from the same family unit, attending the Academy, can be considered to 'qualify' a younger child under sibling link criteria, provided proof is available to demonstrate that the children are permanently resident at the same address and part of the same family unit. (The Academy accepts that in some family units (1 or 2 adults and children) the children may not be natural brothers and sisters).

4. Children who suffer from some medical condition or disability, which makes it better for them to attend the Academy rather than another school. Places will only be offered under this criterion if the child has a certified medical condition with strong professional supporting evidence (Letter from the child's doctor) confirming that existing exceptional problems with the child's health would be seriously exacerbated if a place were not made at the Academy.

5. Children of staff at the Academy where the parent has been employed at the Academy for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the Academy is made. 'Parent' being defined as from the same family unit permanently resident at the same address as the child.

6. All applicants will initially be ranked on the basis of the distance from the Academy measured by the shortest walking route between home and the Academy with those living nearest to the Academy being given priority for a place.

  • In the event of oversubscription, priority will be given to children who would have a longer journey to the nearest alternative school measured by the shortest walking route. The nearest/ next nearest alternative school will include all community, free schools, voluntary controlled, foundation and Academy schools whether in the Bolton Borough or not.
  • The shortest walking route will be that determined by the Academy using public rights of way recognised within the measuring system only. This will be measured using Routefinder, a computerised mapping system which uses the ordnance survey integrated network to measure from the point on the highway nearest to the centre of the home property and the main front entrance to the Academy. In the event of a tiebreak within a block of flats, those living furthest from the communal entrance will be given preference.
  • Where parents have shared responsibility for a child following the breakdown of their relationship, the distance will be measured from the home of the parent the child spends most time with during the week. If the child spends an equal length of time during the week with both parents, the distance will be measured from the home of the parent living nearest the Academy.
  • Where a single place remains at the school and the application being considered is for twins (etc) the Academy will allocate above the admission number to accommodate each child.

There will be a right of appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel for internal pupils refused transfer and external applicants refused admission.


BSCA is part of the local authority appeals process which can found here -