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 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

2021 Admissions

Online secondary school place applications for September 2021 opened on Tuesday 1st September 2020. The closing date for secondary school applications was 31st October 2020. To apply for secondary school 2021 place for a child in year 6, you need to complete the paper application form.

Bolton Admissions Appeals

The following link will take you to the Local Authority School Admission Appeals web page. You have a statutory right to submit an appeal for a place at your preferred school when your application for a place has been unsuccessful.

School Admission Appeals

Bolton Admission to Secondary School 2021 Document

Kearsley Academy follows the admissions information as outlined in the Bolton Authority Admissions Booklet. For admissions relating to SEND students, Kearsley Academy also follows the guidance set out in the Bolton Admissions Booklet found below.


Admissions 2021 – 2022

Northern Education Trust Kearsley Academy offers a high performing, successful and vibrant learning community within a respectful praise culture of high expectations. We pride ourselves on being ‘outcomes focused and child centred,’ which is at the heart of everything we do when working with our young people.

Admission criteria:
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 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. Children for whom there is a child protection plan or has been within a 12 month period. 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 address.
  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 2020. Evidence received after this date will not be taken into consideration.
  5. Proximity (where you live) Proximity – where you live – shortest walking distance to the preferred school minus shortest walking distance to the nearest/next nearest school plus 100 to create a ranking value. The lower the ranking value the higher the priority for a place. The nearest/next nearest school will include all community, free schools, voluntary-controlled, foundation and academy schools whether in the Bolton Borough or not. If any categories are oversubscribed then geographical proximity (as set out above) will be used as a tie 33 breaker. If the proximity value is equal then random allocation will be used as a tie-breaker. This will be carried out by an officer of Bolton Council independent to the School Admission Team. The shortest walking route will be that determined by the Local Authority mapping system using only those public rights of way recognised within the measuring system. This will measure using Routefinder, a computerised mapping system which uses the ordnance survey integrated network to measure from the point on the highway nearest to the centre of the home property and the designated main entrance to the school. In the event of a tie break within a block of flats those living furthest from the communal entrance will be given priority. 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.


Number of preferences expressed for the school September 2020 – 172.

Admissions 2022-2023

Following the public consultation of the proposed admission arrangement for 2022-2023, between 2nd November 2020 to 13th December 2020.  This has been confirmed and will be Kearsley Academy's new admission criteria for the academic year starting 1st September 2022.


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.