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Admission Arrangements 2017


Community and Voluntary

Controlled Infant and

Primary Schools

Admissions to community and voluntary controlled schools are the responsibility of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.

Admission policy for community and voluntary controlled infant and primary schools

Children with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Individual Pupil Resource Agreement (IPRA) naming the school will be admitted first.

If the demand for places at a school is greater than the number of places available, all applicants who have named this school as a 1st, 2nd or 3rd preference will be considered equally against the Council’s admission policy, in the priority order given below:


(a) ‘Looked after’ children and children who were previously ‘looked after’ but immediately after being looked after were adopted or became subject to a residence/child arrangement or special guardianship order. ‘Looked after’ means that the child was (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.


(b) Children with an older sibling (sibling means a brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer’s partner, and in every case, the child should be living in the same family unit at the same address) but not cousins, who will still be attending the preferred school when the younger child is admitted;


(c) Children with proven exceptional medical, social or welfare needs which are directly relevant to the school concerned. If you wish to be considered under this category you must provide appropriate supporting evidence with your application from a doctor, social worker or other professional. This evidence must explain why the preferred school is the most suitable and what difficulties would be caused if the child had to attend another school;


(d) Children who live nearest the school (geographical proximity). Under this category, the remaining places will be offered to children who live nearest to the preferred school. The distance will be measured in a straight line between the home front door and the main gate of the school using the local authority’s computerised mapping system.



If category (b), (c) or (d) is oversubscribed, geographical proximity (as set out in category (d)) will be used as the ‘tie-breaker’ to decide between the remaining cases. If after measuring distances it is still not possible to decide on the child(ren) to be offered admission (for example two children living in the same block of flats or in the same house) the Local Authority will then use random allocation to decide which of the children can be offered a place.


Twins/multiple births

Where there are twins, etc wanting admission and there is only a single place left within the admission number, then the Council will exercise as much flexibility as possible within the requirements of infant class sizes. In exceptional circumstances/cases we are now able to offer places for both twins and all triplets, even when this means breaching infant class size limits. This may also apply to siblings who are in the same year group.


If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below.