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admissions policy | allocating reception class places
accuracy of information | moving home | appeals


Admissions Policy (September Admission to Reception)

Admissions to a Church of England Aided school are the responsibility of the Governors, in agreement with the Diocesan Board of Education and the Local Authority. Within the school, responsibility for admissions is delegated to the Governing Body Admissions Committee.

The standard number agreed for admission to the Reception Class is 30.

Applications for Reception Year places at St Margaret’s C.E. School must be made on the Local Authority form for all schools. These are available

All other applications for a place at St Margaret’s C.E. School should be made on the school’s own form, which can be downloaded here

All Applications should also be accompanied by a Supplementary Information Form which should be sent directly to the school. These are available from the school or can be downloaded here

The school will admit all Statemented children in whose statement the school is named.

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Allocation of Places

When the number of applications received is greater than the number of places available, the decision on which children will be admitted will be based on the following criteria in the order listed:

  1. Children in public care
  2. Children whose medical or social circumstances mean that their needs are most suitably met at this school in the opinion of a relevant professional.
  3. Baptised children whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are in regular attendance at any of the churches within the Parish of Heywood Anglican Team Ministry
  4. Children who will have an older brother or sister attending the school at the time of their admission.
  5. Baptised or dedicated children whose parent(s)/carer(s) are in regular attendance at a Church which is a member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, or the local Churches Together organisation.
  6. Children whose parent(s)/carer(s) are members of another recognised religious faith and who desire a faith setting for their child’s education
  7. Any other children

If you wish to apply for a place at the school using either Criteria 1 or 2  of the above list, you will need to enclose the relevant evidence or information for this, as detailed in the notes below.
If you consider your child comes within any of Criteria 3, 5 or 6, please complete the lower section of the attached supplementary information form.
Criterion 4 is judged on the information you write on the forms.


  1. Where there are more applicants for the available places within a category,
    the distance to the child’s normal home front door from the main gate of the school in a straight line measured on a map will be used as the final determining factor, nearer addresses having priority over more distant ones. The ‘normal’ home of the child will be taken to be the home in which the child sleeps for the majority of the school week.

  2. Where admission is sought under special medical or social circumstances criteria, relevant professional supporting evidence, e.g. from a doctor, psychologist or social worker, is essential. Such evidence must set out the particular reasons why the school is the most suitable for the child and the difficulties that would be caused if the child had to attend another school.

  3. Brother’ or ‘sister’ includes step, half, foster and adopted brothers or sisters living at the same address and full brother or sister living apart.

  4. Regular attendance at worship is normally taken to mean a minimum of fortnightly attendance at church at public worship for the year prior to 1st September in the year before admission to the school. Evidence of infant baptism or dedication of the child and/or of regular attendance of parent(s)/guardian(s) must be provided by a member of the clergy or other designated church officer on the form provided.

  5. For the purposes of this application, membership of another recognised religious faith can only be accepted if this can be verified with a written reference from the faith leader of the group of which one or both parents/carers are members.

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Where the governors are unable to offer a place because the school is over subscribed, parents have the right to appeal to an independent admission appeal panel, set up under the School Standards and Framework Act, 1998, as amended by the Education Act, 2002.  Parents should notify the clerk to the governors at the school address within 14 days of receiving the letter refusing a place.  Parents will have the opportunity to submit their case to the panel in writing and also to attend in order to present their case.  You will normally receive 14 days’ notice of the place and time of the hearing.


  1. Children will be admitted to the Reception class at the beginning of the Autumn term before their fifth birthday.
  2. Please give details of the points you wish to be taken into consideration regarding your child’s qualifications for entry under the above criteria, either on the reverse of the application form or in a covering letter.

Maximum Class Size

Under recent government regulations, infant class sizes cannot go over 30 pupils, save in the most exceptional of circumstances. Under Section 1 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, no infant child (i.e. Reception Year, Year 1 or Year 2) can be in a class of more than 30 pupils from September 2001. This means that it is unlawful for any admission authority to allow infant class sizes of more than 30 from that date.

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Accuracy of Information

Failure to disclose a change of address, or the giving of any false information in order to procure a place at the school may result in the withdrawal of an offer of a place at the school, at the discretion of the school governors. You may not use any address on the application form other than the one at which your child mainly resides. Therefore a relative's address or a child-minder's address cannot be used on the form.


Moving Home

If your child's home address changes in the period between making an application for a place at the school and the closing date for applications or there are any other significant changes in the information given on your application form, you must inform the school in writing, to request that your application form be amended by the school on your behalf.

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