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Admission Arrangements


Bickerstaffe CE School is a Voluntary Controlled school and as such, our admission arrangements are proposed and determined by Lancashire County Council as the admissions authority.


For any admission or appeal arrangements, please see Lancashire County Council.


Admissions for 2023/24 will open in September 2022

Children start school in the September following their fourth birthday. Parents must complete the online council admission application for a place in Reception class. (Please click the council logo at the bottom of the page to link directly to the application process).  Please note, if your child lives in another local authority, parents must apply through their local authority, for a place in our Lancashire school. 


During the summer term prior to a child starting school, the children will be invited into the Reception class for a series of induction activity sessions. 


The admission process for primary school places for September 2023 opens on the 1st September 2022 and closes on the Saturday 15th January 2023. Applicants will be informed of their allocation by email on 17th April 2023. 

If you are interested in a school place for your child in the future please click below for our In-School Admission Request Form, to allow us to keep you updated about upcoming school events.

In-Year Admissions


Children from other year groups can be admitted at different times throughout the year, if there are spaces available. Prospective parents may contact the school office to arrange to visit the Headtacher and our school at any time.


Parents of Reception age children up to Year 6, from the Spring term onwards, should apply directly to school for a place; those applying to join other year groups should do so any time from the Autumn term.


Children will be admitted where space allows and when a year group is over-subscribed parents have the right to appeal, but must do so through the Local Authority.


A waiting list will be created if a year group is over-subscribed.


The school has an official intake number of 15 children for each age group. If school is oversubscribed, then the following LCC admissions priorities apply in order:

1. Looked after children and those who have been previously looked after/adopted.
2. Children for whom the Local Authority accepts that there are exceptional medical social or welfare reasons which are directly relevant to the school concerned.
3. Children with older brothers and sisters attending the school when the younger child will start.
4. Remaining places are allocated according to where a child lives. Those living nearest to the preferred school by a straight line (radial) measure will have priority.