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School Admissions

Our admission number is 135 and in 2015 we admitted 80 students into Year 7.  Our school roll in September 2015 was 500.

Parents are given the opportunity to express three preferences for a secondary school.  Published criteria are used to decide which children should be offered the available places.  In secondary schools an equal preference system operates, whereby the three parental preferences are given equal statues.  Each preference will be considered equally against the admissions criteria.

When a secondary school is oversubscribed the following priorities apply in order:

  • Children who are looked after by a Local Authority at the time when the preferences are expressed and who are still looked after at the time of their admission to school, and those who have been previously looked after.
  • Children for whom the Local Authority accepts that there are exceptional medical, social or welfare reasons which are directly relevant to the school concerned; then
  • Children living within the school’s geographical priority area with older brothers or sisters attending the school when the younger child will start; then
  • Children living within the school’s geographical priority area; then
  • Children living outside the school’s geographical priority area with older brothers and sisters still attending the school when the younger child will start; then
  • Children living outside the school’s geographical area


(i) The highest priority must be given to looked after children and children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a Child Arrangement Order or special guardianship order. Any references to previously looked after children means children who were adopted (or subject to Child Arrangement Orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been looked after.

(ii) The medical, social and welfare criterion will consider issues relevant to the child and/or the family. This category may include children without a statement who have special needs.

(iii) As required by law, all children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs naming a school will be admitted before the application of the over-subscription criteria. Children who have a statement of Special Educational Needs will have their applications considered separately.

(iv) Brothers and sisters includes step children, half brothers and sisters, fostered and adopted children living with the same family at the same address (consideration may be given to applying this criterion to full brothers and sisters who reside at different addresses). The priority does not apply to siblings whose brothers and sisters transferred into a sixth form at 16+.

(v) The distance criterion will be used as the tie breaker if there is oversubscription within any of the admission criteria. The distance measure is a straight line (radial) measure from home to school centre of building to centre of building. If the Local Authority is unable to distinguish between applicants using the published criteria (eg twins or same block of flats) places will be offered via a random draw.

(vi) A child's permanent address is the one where he/she normally lives and sleeps and goes to school from. Proof of residence may be requested at any time throughout the admission process, (including after a child has accessed a school place).

(vii) The Local Authority will keep waiting lists for all Lancashire primary schools until 31 August 2015. These are kept in priority order using the school's published admission
criteria. From 1 September 2015 for one school term only waiting lists will be retained by individual admission authorities (the Local authority for community and voluntary controlled schools and individual voluntary aided and foundation schools will each retain their own list).

(viii) Children will not normally be able to start school other than at the beginning of the term unless they have moved into the area or there are exceptional circumstances.

(ix) Applications for school places which are received late will not necessarily be dealt with at the same time as those received by the set deadline. The reasons for a late application may be requested and where these are not exceptional the relevant admission criteria will be initially applied to all others received on time. The late application will be dealt with after this process.

(x) Where a child lives with one parent for part of the week and another for the rest of the week only one address will be accepted for a school admission application. This will normally be the one where the child wakes up for the majority of school days (Monday to Friday). Proof of residence may be requested at any time throughout the admissions process.

Parents of pupils who wish to transfer their children to Norden High School after 1 September in Year 7 should contact the school requesting a place.  If there is no place available for your child appeal forms are available from the Area Education Office though this process may take many weeks and is often not successful unless there are strong grounds based on the above admissions criteria.

For admissions into Norden High School at any other time please contact the school directly on 01254 885378.