Admission arrangements

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust

Admission arrangements

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust

Admission arrangements

Kearsley Academy is an 11 – 16 Northern Education Trust academy. As an academy within the Bolton Authority we admit students under the general criteria for admission as published by Bolton Council. The admission number (PAN) for Kearsley Academy in September 2021 is 180.

The academy is a comprehensive school and will accept children of all abilities. This means no child is offered a place or refused a place on the basis of his or her general ability.

The academy recognises that all children, including those resident outside the Borough, have an equal right to apply for a place. The academy will admit a pupil into any year group throughout the academic year if parents request a transfer which is agreed to by the Local Education Authority after consultation with the academy. NB If the transfer is from another secondary school within the Local Authority then consultation will take place with that school before transfer is finally agreed.

Click here for more information visit Bolton Council’s Secondary School Places

2022 Admissions

Online secondary school place applications for September 2022 opened on Tuesday 31st August 2021. The closing date for secondary school applications is 31st October 2021. To apply for a secondary school 2022 place for a child in year 6, you need to apply online through the Bolton Council Citizen Portal.

Admissions 2022 – 2023

The Academy will consider all applications for places without reference to the order in which the school is expressed as a preference. Where the Academy receives fewer applications/preferences than the admission number, it will offer places to all those applicants. Where more applications are received than the admission number, the Academy will use the same admission criteria below to rank applications.

Children who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) will be offered places first. The following criteria will then apply:


  1. Children in Public Care (Looked After Children) including adopted children who were previously in care and children who leave care under a special guardianship or residence order. A ‘Looked after Child’ has the same meaning as in section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989, and means any 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 (e.g. children with foster parents) at the time of making the application to the school. “A previously Looked after Child” is a child who was looked after, but ceased to be so because he or she was adopted, or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order. Previously looked after child also includes those children who appear (to Bolton Council) to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.  Children adopted overseas will be treated as if they were previously looked after children in this country.
  2. Children for whom there is a child protection plan or has been within a 12-month A Child Protection Plan is one, which is made under Section 47 of the Children Act 1989.
  3. Children who will have older siblings in Years 7 to 11 of the preferred school at the date of application and the date of admission. Siblings can include full, step, half, foster and adopted brothers and sisters living at the same
  4. Children who suffer from a medical condition or disability which makes it better for them to attend the school rather than another. Places will only be offered under this criterion if the child has 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. Medical evidence must be provided at the time of application. Parents applying under the criteria 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 31 October 2021. Evidence received after this date will not be taken into
  5. 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 preferred school. The distance will be measured in a straight line using Routefinder, a computerised mapping system which measures from the home address point to the designated main entrance to the school.

Where a single place remains at the school and the application being considered is for twins etc. the school will allocate above the admission number to accommodate each child.

Monitoring Arrangements

This policy will be reviewed and approved by the Trust every year.

Whenever changes to admissions arrangements are proposed (except where the change is an increase to the agreed admission number), the governing board will publicly consult on these changes for a minimum of 6 weeks between 1st October and 31st January before the following February publication date.


Bolton Admissions Appeals

Usually your child will be offered a place at a preferred school, but if you are not offered a place in one of your preferred schools or you are unhappy with the school place allocated for whatever reason, you have the right to appeal to an independent panel. Bolton Council’s Democratic Services unit will set up appeals on behalf of all the schools in Bolton. Further details on the Appeals process will be included in your offer letter.

For more information please contact Mr R Baxter – Assistant Principal.

Kearsley Academy is a member of the Northern Education Trust.
We constantly focus on standards as we understand outcomes are paramount. Our decision making is driven entirely by what is best for children. By doing this we enhance the life chances of the children and young people in our care.