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Admission Details – New Starters from Primary to Secondary School

New Starters from Primary to Secondary School

If your child was born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009 (now in Year 6 2019/20) they will transfer to secondary school in September 2020. This is an important time for children and parents/carers.

Applying for a school place takes time and effort, and as a parent/carer you will want to get it right.

Harper Green offers you the opportunity to visit the school and take a tour of the site, providing you with the opportunity to visit all the departments, meet the staff and pupils, take part in activities and see for yourself our up to date facilities and resources. Whilst also allowing you the opportunity to gain a feel for the atmosphere and ethos of our school.

The date of our Open Evening this year is Thursday 19th September, 5pm – 8pm.


Applying to secondary school – 2019/2020

Bolton Local Authority manages and co-ordinates the school admission process for every secondary school in Bolton (apart from independent fee-paying schools) and schools in neighbouring areas.

If you live within the borough you will need to complete the online application form to express a preference for a school in Bolton or a school in another Local Authority. You can express a preference for up to three schools and we would advise you use all three preferences. You must be resident in Bolton. If you live outside Bolton, you must apply through your home authority.

You can apply quickly and easily online at www.bolton.gov.uk/admissions

Read through the Admission to Secondary School Booklet which gives information about the admission process.

Applications for secondary school 2020 will be open on Tuesday 27th August 2019.

The closing date for applications is 31st October 2019.

The offer date is 2nd March 2020 - emails will be sent out that morning.

Information regarding the school place offered will not be given out before 2nd March 2020. If you are on holiday when the offer emails are sent out, no special arrangements will be made to give information out to parent/carer before 2 March 2020.  You can also log onto the school admission portal to view the offer made.


Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan

If your child has an Education, Health & Care Plan, you child’s primary school will discuss secondary school placement at your child’s review in either Year 5 or Year 6. You will receive a preference form for secondary school. You should apply online or complete the paper form and return by 31 October 2019.

If you are considering a place at a secondary special school for your child, this will have been discussed at your child’s annual review. You can identify your preference of special school on the form, but also need to identify your preference for a mainstream school in case your child is not offered a special school place.

Visit www.bolton.gov.uk/admissions for more information.


Transferring your child between secondary schools

 If your child is already at secondary school in Bolton and you want to transfer to another Bolton secondary school you will need to complete the In Year Transfer Form, part of the form must be completed by your child’s current school.  When the form is fully completed please return it to Pupil and Student Services. Forms are available to download on the Bolton Council website or from the One Stop Shop, Town Hall.

Once your child has started Year 10, schools will not accept any child wanting to move from one school in Bolton to another school in Bolton. All such applications will be referred to The ‘In Year Fair Access’ Panel which comprises all Headteachers of Secondary Schools in Bolton.  Only in very exceptional circumstances will agreement be given for a child to change between Bolton Schools.  This is to make sure the child’s success at GCSE is not compromised.

Visit www.bolton.gov.uk/admissions for more information.