The Local Authority (Bolton Council) is responsible for offering places on behalf of the school. The council coordinates both admissions to Reception class (for a child, due to turn five years of age in an academic year which runs from 1st September to 31st August, who lives in Bolton), and in year admissions for a child transferring from another school within Bolton or who is a new Bolton resident (previously schooled outside of the Local Authority). 

The contact details for the Local Authority are: 

Pupil and Student Services, Bolton Council, Town Hall, Bolton BL1 1RU

Telephone: 01204 332143 / 332137 


Alternatively you can access information from Bolton Council's website. Please feel free to contact us here at Ladybridge Community Primary School if you have any further specific questions relating to our school. 


Applying for a School Place

To apply for a school place, please click here for information.

All children who reach the age of five during the school year (1st September - 31st August) are eligible for admission to Reception at the start of the Autumn term. 

The Local Authority is responsible for offering places on behalf of the school which is a 'Community Controlled Primary School'. The current policy (subject to change) for admission to community and controlled secondary schools for is as follows:

The Council will admit all children with a statement of special educational needs, in whose statement the school is named.

All parents will be provided with an online application form on which they will be asked to express 3 preferences in order of priority for a primary school. Places will be allocated up the published admission number for each school.

Further information is also available from Pupil and Student Services at the Local Authority (contact details above).

The school has an admission limit of 60 pupils for each year group. If more than the agreed number of applicants is received, then places will be offered according to the Local Authority Criteria, detailed below.

In the Autumn term, prior to a child starting in Reception class, we hold an open day for prospective parents to visit school. Once a child has been offered a place, all children have the opportunity to visit school in the Summer Term before they start school. Parents of pupils who have not been allocated a place, have the right to appeal.

Local Authority Over-subscription Criteria

If the school is over-subscribed the following criteria will be applied by the Local Authority to all applications in priority order:

1. Children in Public Care (Looked After Children) who are the subject of a full care order including adopted children who were previously in care and children who leave care under a special guardianship or residence 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).

2. Other children who are considered as “vulnerable” whose application for the preferred school is supported by the Assistant Director for Social Care.

This will include;

a. Children for whom there is a child protection plan or has been within a 12 month period.

b. Children who have had a period in care within 2 years of the admission application and are still receiving social care services

c. Children who are considered to be at significant risk of becoming looked after

d. Children who are living in temporary accommodation due to fleeing violence and the area for rehousing has been identified

3. Children who suffer from some medical condition or disability, which makes it, better for them to attend that school rather than another. Places will only be offered under this criterion if the child has a 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 this 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 31st October 2015. Evidence received after this date will not be taken into consideration

4. 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, voluntary-controlled, foundation, free and academy schools whether in the Bolton Borough or not.

• If any categories are oversubscribed then geographical proximity (as set out in category 4 above) will be used as a tie breaker. If the proximity value is equal then random allocation will be used as a tie-breaker.

  • The shortest walking route will be that determined by the Local Authority using only those public rights of way recognised within the measuring system. This will be measured using Routefinder, a computerised mapping system which uses the ordnance survey integrated network which measures 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 a school and the application being considered is for twins (etc.) the Council will allocate above the admission number to accommodate each child.