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How to Enrol at Smithills School



Year 6 Parents


Ensure you put Smithills School as your first choice on your Local Authority Preference Form.

You will then be contacted by the LEA.



Parents with children in Years 7-11


Please contact the LEA 01204 332144 to apply for a place at Smithlls School. You will be then sent a transfer form to complete which you then hand in to your child's current school, they will then return the form to the LEA on your behalf.


Parents will then be contacted by letter.


All pupils of transfer age who live in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton may apply to Smithills School.

Parents who are considering sending their child to the school are most welcome to visit at a time suitable to them.


Please telephone 01204 842382 to arrange an appointment.


Admissions Criteria


Children who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) will be offered places first. The following criteria will then apply: 


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' and 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 two 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 by public care

d) Children who are living in temporary accommodation due to fleeing violence and rehousing has been identified 


3) Children who will have older siblings in Years 7 to 11 or the preferred school at the date of application and the date of admission. Siblings can include full, step, half, foster and adopted brothers and sisters living at the same address. 


4) Children who suffer from a medical condition or disability which makes it better to them to attend that school rather than another. Places will only be offered under this criterion if the child has 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. Parents applying under the 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.

5) Proximity - This is measured by taking a straight line from the child’s permanent home address to the Academy. A straight line will be determined by the Local Authority.  If any categories are oversubscribed then geographical proximity (as set out in category 5 above) will be used as a tie breaker.  The process of random allocation will be undertaken by the drawing of lots. The process will be independently verified. 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.