We are currently consulting parents and the community in regards to our admissions criteria for September 2021. Please click on the image below to read our proposed changes: 


For admissions for September 2021 please continue to read below: 

The following information is taken from Bolton Council's website.

Primary admissions to Reception Class 2021

If you have a child with a date of birth between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017 please contact Pupil and Student Services on 01204 332143/ 332137 to register your child's details. 

The closing date for Primary admissions is January 2021. If you have applied you will receive an offer letter in April 2020, along with this you will receive an appeal form if Bolton Local Authority has not been able to offer you your school of preferred choice. 

Admissions Criteria 2021


St James CE Primary School, Farnworth is an Academy. The Academy Trust is the admission authority for the school, and the school is required to act in accordance with the School Admissions Code.

The following arrangements for admission to the Reception Year in September 2021 are similar to those that were in place prior to the school becoming an Academy in 2016.

The admissions process is co-ordinated by Bolton Council (the local authority). Applications for admission to the Reception Year in the normal admissions round must be made on the local authority’s common application form. Details of all the applications made will be forwarded to the school by the local authority.

Admission arrangements for admission to the Reception Year in September 2021

The school’s published admission number (PAN) for admission to the Reception Year in September 2021 is 45. If no more than 45 applications are received for admission to the Reception Year, all applicants will be offered places.

The school will admit all children with an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) which names the school in part 4 of the EHCP.

Oversubscription criteria

Where demand for admission to the Reception Year exceeds the number of places available the following oversubscription criteria will then apply:

Oversubscription Criteria:

1) Children in Public Care (Looked After Children) and previously Looked After Children, including adopted children who were previously in care and children who leave care under a special guardianship or child arrangements order. A 'Looked after Child' is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989) at the time of making an application to a school.

2) Vulnerable Children for whom there is a child protection plan or has been within a 12 month period (see definition under section 47 of the Children Act 1989).

3) Children who will have older siblings in years Reception to Year 6 of the school at the time of application and date of admission. Sibling includes full, step, half, foster and adopted brothers and sisters living at the same address.

4) Children who have strong Church connections. Parents must complete the supplementary form as evidence that the family and the child are active worshipping members at the church to which the school is affiliated. Active worshipping members of the church will be those persons who worship at least once a month sustained over a period of a year prior to the closing date for applications. The supplementary form can be downloaded from the Bolton Council website.

5) Children who suffer from some medical condition or disability, which makes it, better for them to attend St James CE Primary School rather than another. Places will only be offered under this criterion if the child has a certified medical condition with strong professional supporting evidence confirming that existing exceptional problems with the child’s health would be seriously exacerbated if a place were not made at the preferred school. Parents applying under this criterion must provide a letter from the child’s GP/Consultant setting out the reasons why the school is the most suitable school and details of the child’s medical condition. Medical evidence must be submitted by the date specified by the local authority. Evidence received after this date will not be taken into consideration.

6) Proximity (Where you live) – Children who live nearest the school (geographical proximity). Under this category the remaining places will be offered to children who live nearest the school. The distance will be measured in a straight line using route finder a computerized mapping system which measures from the point on the highway nearest to the centre of the home property and designated main entrance to the school.


If any categories are oversubscribed then geographical proximity (as set out in category 6 above) will be used as a tie-breaker. If the proximity value is equal then random allocation will be used as a tie-breaker. This random allocation will be supervised by someone independent of the school.

Children from multiple births

Where a single place remains at the school and the application being considered is for twins etc., the Academy Trust will allocate above the admission number to accommodate each child if it is possible to do so.

Further information

Further information including closing dates for applications can be obtained from Bolton Council.

Special Educational Needs

If your child is undergoing Statutory Assessment you will need to complete an application for admission. For further advice contact the Inclusion and Statutory Assessment Service 01204 332207


If you are not happy with the place you are offered by the Local Authority, you can appeal. You will receive an appeal form in the post with your offer which will be posted out in April 2021.

Transferring between Primary Schools

Bolton Council is responsible for co-ordinating admissions into all schools for those families resident within Bolton Metropolitan Borough.

This includes:-

  • Children wishing to change from one school to another within the borough
  • Children who have arrived into the borough requiring a school place
  • Children wishing to move from an independant school to a school maintained by the Council
  • Children resident in the borough but requiring admission to a school in another borough

If you live outside Bolton borough you must make an application through the school admission process for that authority.

Do I need to complete an application form?

The application form that parents/ carers will be requested to complete when requesting admssion to a new school can be found by clicking here or you can contact Pupil and Student Services. It is important that your child continues to attend their current school whilst your application is being considered, however it is recognised that for families who have moved into the borough this may not always be possible. You must, is such circumstances, inform the Headteacher at their previous school of the arrangements you are making.

Please click here to find out how to apply for a place at a Bolton Secondary school.