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 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. 

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 2020/2021


Making an application Applications for admission to the school for September 2020 should be made on the common application form enclosed with the Local Authority’s brochure and also on the Diocesan Supplementary form between 1 st September 2019 and 15th January 2020.

The website address for online applications is

It is not normally possible to change the order of your preferences for schools after the closing date. Parents must complete the Local Authority application form, stating three preferences. Parents who wish their application to this Church school to be considered against the faith criteria should also complete the supplementary form. If the school is oversubscribed, a failure to complete the supplementary form may 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.  Applications may also be made on-line on the common application form; the Diocesan Supplementary Form appears when you click "Submit". It should be printed off and handed in to the appropriate school or schools.

Letters informing parents of whether or not their child has been allocated a place will be sent out by the Local Authority on 16th April, 2020. 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 2020 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 / Educational, 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 2016. 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 2016. 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

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Headteacher: Alison Moxham

01772 600431

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