Admissions Policy

Thank you for your interest in Bretherton Endowed CE Primary School.

Please have a look at our prospectus to find out more about our school and our proceedures. If you would like a paper copy, please contact the school office.

As a voluntary aided school, we determine our own admissions. Our arrangements can be found in the policy area for the current and next year. Please note that in June 2021, we added a change to our admission policy to ensure children who were previously in care outside England who may be now adopted will fall under category 1a.

Please note that Bretherton Endowed, in conjunction with the Diocese of Blackburn and the Church of England has submitted a request for variation of admission process due to Covid-19 lockdown limited access to Churches and collective worship. See attached letter. Once we have had this agreed, we will update this page.

If you are interested in applying for a school place 'in year' ( not Reception starting September), please contact the school office to enquire whether we have any places within the class/age group that you require.  As we have 15 places per year group, we are often full, however in KS2 you may be able to secure a place through the appeal process through Lancashire County Council. Again, contact the school and we will talk you through the process. If you would like to apply, we will forward you an application form to complete. 

At Bretherton Endowed, as a VA school, we manage our 'in year' admissions through our admissions committee and the Local Authority and can provide the application form for parents to complete (with a supplementary information form where necessary), and will notify you once the place has been allocated. Unfortunately we are unable to hold places for families. We can provide a hard copy of the information about in-year applications on request for those who do not have access to the internet.

Thank you for your interest in our school. Please feel free to call for a mutually convenient personal look around with the Head Teacher. 


Bretherton Endowed Church of England Primary School

ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS For September 2022 2023


Making an application
Applications for admission to the school for September 2022 should be made on-line at (search for School Admissions) between 1 st September 2021 and 15th January 2022. It is not normally possible to change the order of your preferences for schools after the closing date.
Parents must complete the Local Authority electronic form, stating three preferences.
Parents who wish their application to this Church school to be considered against the faith criteria must also complete the Supplementary Form. If the school is oversubscribed, a failure to complete the Supplementary Form will result in your application for a place in this school being considered against lower priority criteria as the Governing Body will have no information upon which to assess the worship attendance. The Supplementary Information Form is available from the school.
Emails informing parents of whether or not their child has been allocated a place will be sent out by the Local Authority on 16th April 2022. Parents of children not admitted will be informed of the reason and offered an alternative place by the Authority.

Admission procedures
Arrangements for admission have been agreed following consultation between the Governing Body, the Diocesan Board of Education, Local Authorities and other admissions authorities in the area.
The number of places available for admission to the Reception class in the year 2022 will be a maximum of 15
The Governing Body will not place any restrictions on admissions to the reception class unless the number of children for whom admission is sought exceeds their admission number. By law, no infant class may contain more than thirty children.
The Governing Body operates a system of equal preferences under which they consider all preferences equally and the Local Authority notifies parents of the result. In the event that there are more applicants than places, after admitting all children with a Statement of Educational Need or Health and Care Plan naming the school, the Governing Body will allocate places using the criteria below, which are listed in order of priority.

  1. (a) Children in public care and previously looked after children.
    This includes any "looked after child", “previously looked after children” and any child
    who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject
    to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order. . ‘Looked after’ means that the
    child was (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.
    (b) Children with special medical or social circumstances affecting the child where these
    needs can only be met at this school.Professional supporting evidence from a professional, e.g. a doctor, psychologist, social worker, is essential if admission is to be made under the criterion for special medical or
    social circumstances, and such evidence must set out the particular reasons why the school
    is question is the most suitable school and the difficulties which would be caused if the
    child had to attend another school.
  2. Children whose parents live within the civil parish of Bretherton.
    A map showing the boundaries is available in school.
  3. Children whose parents live outside the parish.
    (a) Children who have a sibling attending the school on the date of application and on
    the date of admission. Siblings include step, half, foster, adopted brothers and sisters living
    at the same address. (b) Children with a parent/guardian worshipping in a church in membership of
    Churches Together in England or the Evangelical Alliance. "Parental worshipping" is
    normally taken to mean a minimum of monthly attendance at church at public worship for
    over at least the six months leading up to the 1st September 2021. The governors will
    request confirmation of this from the relevant member of the clergy or church officer. The
    lists of Churches can be found on the Churches Together in England website at,
    and for the Evangelical Alliance at; lists are taken as on 1st September 2022.
    Churches in membership of the equivalent bodies to CTE in Northern Ireland, Scotland and
    Wales are equally accepted.
    (c) Other children.


Please contact the school office or our Admission Policy for more details

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Bretherton Endowed CE

Primary School

South Road, Bretherton, Lancs PR26 9AH

Main Contact: Alison Moxham

Main Contact for SEND: Alison Moxham

Headteacher: Alison Moxham

01772 600431

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