Admissions Criteria  2016/17


The Governing body is the admissions authority for Holy Trinity C.E. Primary school. The admissions policy has been agreed with the Local authority and the Diocese. The current number of places for admission into our Reception Class is 30 for the academic year 2016.


The Governing Body will admit all children having a Statement of Special Educational Needs whose statement names the school as first preference.

In the event of the school being oversubscribed the places available will be allocated using the following criteria in order.


  • Looked-after children (children in public care).
  • Children whose medical or social circumstances mean that their needs can only be met at this school.
  • Children with siblings* who will still be on roll at the school at the time of admission and who live at the same address.
  • Children from families who are members of the worshipping body of Holy Trinity C.E. Church, Littleborough through baptism and attendance.
  • Children from families who are members of the worshipping body of some other Parish Church
  • Parental commitment to a Christian Church Other than the Church of England

(g)The remaining places will be allocated by walking distance of the family home from school. We will use the Local Authorities measurements based on the child’s normal place of residence.This will be from the front door of the property to the school gates.(Geographical proximity).

(h) All other children



a.Membership of the appropriate worshipping body by one parent or guardian will be measured by regular attendance (of at least 50% or 26 weeks in a calendar year) at public worship on Sundays and/or other days of the week as verified by a member of the clergy or a church officer.]


       b.Should there be Oversubscription in any category where distance is not the admitting criteria  distance from home to school measured by walking distance will be used as a ‘tie-breaker’. Any child not admitted may be placed on our waiting list. The child’s home is deemed to be the location where the child sleeps for the majority of the week.

  1. Where admission is sought under exceptional medical or social circumstances  criteria, professional supporting evidence, eg from a doctor, psychologist or social worker, is essential. Such evidence must set out the particular reasons why the school is the most suitable for the child and the difficulties that would be caused if  the child had to attend another school.
  1. Brother or sister includes step, half, foster and adopted brothers or sisters living at the same address and full brother or sister living apart.


Where twins, triplets etc. or other children born within the same school year might be split when allocation takes place, and there are too few places available at the school to accommodate them all, the governors will inform the Local Authority which may consult with the parent to consider whether all the siblings can be offered a place at the same alternative school (which may not be a preference school named on the CAF) or whether the parents can be offered places at two or more schools with a view to the parent deciding which child will take up which offered place.  If this consultation fails to resolve the issue then the Admissions Committee will use random allocation to decide which of the children can be offered a place.


Waiting List

Where we have more applications than places, the admissions criteria will be used.  Children who re not admitted will have their name placed on a waiting list.  The names on this waiting list will be in the order resulting from the application of the admissions criteria.  Since the date of application cannot be a criterion for the order of names on the waiting list, late applicants for the school will be slotted in the order according to the extent to which they meet the criteria.  Thus it is possible that a child who moves into the area later to have a higher priority than one who has been on the waiting list for some time.  If a place becomes available with the admission number, the child whose name is at the top of the list will be offered a place.  This is not dependent on whether an appeal has been submitted.  This waiting list will operate until the end of the autumn term only.



Where the governors are unable to offer a place because the school is oversubscribed, parents have the right to appeal to an independent admission appeal panel set up under the School Standards and Framework act. 1998 as amended by the education act 2002.  Parents should notify the clerk to the governors at the school within 14 days of receiving the letter refusing a place. Parents will have the opportunity to submit their case to the panel in writing and also to attend in order to present their case. You will normally receive 14 days notice of the place and time of the hearing.


Deferred Admission 

Children will be admitted to the Reception class at the beginning of the Autumn term before their fifth birthday, and to the Nursery class at the beginning of the Autumn term before their fourth birthday.  Parents may request that their school place be deferred until later in the school year and if they do this the place will be held for the child.  They cannot, however, defer entry beyond the beginning of the term after the child’ fifth birthday, nor beyond the school year for which the original application was accepted.  Parents can also request that their child attends on a part time basis until the child reaches compulsory school age.

Please give details of the points you wish to be taken into consideration regarding your child’s qualifications for entry under the above criteria, either on the school’s supplementary information form or in a covering letter.


 Holy Trinity School Admissions Policy

School admissions application please click here

Rochdale Council school admissions arrangements

Applications for a school place September 2016