Primary school admissions

Applying for a reception class place for September 2021

If your child was born between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017, they will start reception class at the start of the new school year in September 2021.

National Allocation Day

On 16th April 2021 offers will be sent to applicants by email and post.

If you have applied online, on 16th April 2021 you will receive an email from 9am and you will be able to view your result on the School Admissions Portal. If you have applied using a paper application form, you will be notified of the result by letter.

Visit the online School Admission Portal (external link).

If you have applied online and your email shows that you have not got a place at one of your preferred schools, you will receive a letter with details of which criterion your application fell under. Information on how places were allocated can be found further down this page. We will also provide information on how to appeal and waiting lists.

Please wait for your letter to arrive. If your letter has not arrived by 23rd April 2021, please contact The School Organisation Team on 01942 489013.

How places were allocated

The documents below give details of how places were allocated at each oversubscribed Wigan primary school. If you have been refused a place at any of these schools, you will be sent a letter with the reason your child was refused a place.

Appeals and waiting lists

If you have been refused a place at a Wigan primary school you have the right to appeal that decision. Children refused a place at a Wigan primary school will be added to the school's waiting list which will be kept until the end of the autumn term 2021.

Before submitting your appeal:

Read our waiting list and appeals information sheet.

Appeals for a place at Wigan community, foundation, academy, Church of England and Catholic schools in the Salford diocese

To appeal for a place at Wigan community, foundation, academy and Church of England, you will need to:

Complete our online appeals form

◾Contact the School Admission Team to request a form be posted to you by calling 01942 489013.

Appeals for a place at an Archdiocese of Liverpool primary school

To appeal for a place at Wigan Catholic primary school in the Archdiocese of Liverpool, you will need to:

Visit the Ardiocese of Liverpool website to request an appeal form (external link)

◾Contact the Archdiocese of Liverpool Schools Department by calling 0151 522 1071.

Late applications

If you have not yet applied for a primary school place, or you wish to change your mind about the preferences or the order of preferences after the closing date, you must complete a late application form. 

We will only look at late applications and late changes of preference after we have dealt with the applications we received on time. This means that you are less likely to get a place at the school you want.

It is important that you read the ‘Applying for a place at primary school 2021/22’ booklet below before making your application.

If you need any help using the online service please contact the School Organisation Team on 01942 489013.

Application forms are also available from Wigan primary schools.

Any applications received after 15 January 2021 will be classed as late. We will only look at late applications after we have dealt with the applications we receive on time. This means that you are less likely to get a place at the school you want.

Supplementary Forms

If any of the schools you want your child to go to is a Wigan voluntary aided (church) primary school the governors will need extra information so that they can consider your application against their faith criteria. If you do not give this information your child may be refused a place. You are strongly advised to complete a supplementary information form for each voluntary aided school you name as a preference. Forms are available on our church school forms page or by requesting a copy from the school.

Parents are responsible for checking that supplementary forms sent by post have been received by the school.

Delayed entry to primary school

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