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Government Guidance in relation to the safe usage of places of worship was updated on Friday 26th March.

In accordance with our 2022 - 2023 admissions policy, as places of worship are not fully open without restrictions as of 1st April 2021, Option 1 will be applicable to admissions for September 2022.

Bolton Deanery for Admission in September 2022

If you wish to check whether you live within the Bolton Deanery  - please follow the link below.  This will take you to the Manchester Diocese Church Near You Website - please enter your postcode and it will tell you which parish you live in.  It is important that you understand, Parish Areas are not the same as Geographical areas. The Parish Areas that are within the Bolton Deanery are:

ASTLEY BRIDGE: ST PAUL
BELMONT: ST PETER
BLACKROD: ST KATHARINE
BOLTON ST PETER
BOLTON: ST BEDE
BOLTON: ST PHILIP
BRADSHAW: ST MAXENTIUS
BREIGHTMET ST JAMES BOLTON
DEANE: ST MARY THE VIRGIN
FARNWORTH AND KEARSLEY ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST
HALLIWELL ST MARGARET
HALLIWELL: ST PETER
HARWOOD CHRISTS CHURCH
HEATON CHRIST CHURCH
HORWICH: HOLY TRINITY
HORWICH: ST CATHERINE
HORWICH: ST ELIZABETH
KEARSLEY MOOR ST STEPHEN
LEVER BRIDGE ST STEPHEN AND ALL MARTYRS
LITTLE LEVER: ST MATTHEW
LOSTOCK: ST THOMAS AND ST JOHN
RIVINGTON: PARISH CHURCH
SEVEN  SAINTS, NEW BURY WITH GREAT LEVER
STONECLOUGH
TONGE FOLD ST CHAD
TONGE MOOR  ST AUGUSTINE
TURTON: ST ANNE
WALMSLEY : CHRIST CHURCH
WEST BOLTON
WESTHOUGHTON ST BARTHOLOMEW
WESTHOUGHTON, DAISY HILL: ST JAMES
WINGATES ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST

Check your postcode here

Admissions Details for September 2022

Please see full policy on the link above for full details.

Age range : 11 - 16

Admission number for September 2022 for Admission to Year 7 is 210

St James’s is a Church of England Academy School judged “Outstanding” by Ofsted. We are currently judged to be in the top 3% of schools nationally for our teaching and learning. Our motto of “Caring For Others † Achieving Excellence” is central to everything we do. When young people join our school, they become part of the family and through this we develop their potential through academic success, personal and social development and self-discipline, based on the beliefs and values of Christian faith.

If you are applying for a place at St James’s you are strongly advised to complete the school’s supplementary form.  This form is available from and is returned to the school.  Your preference for St James’s must also be indicated on the Local Authority form/online application.

In Year Admissions

If a child is already at secondary school and the parent/carer wishes to transfer to St. James’s Church of England High School they must first contact Pupil and Student Services at the Local Authority and follow the advice given by them. The Local Authority will then contact St. James’s to ascertain if there are any places available in the appropriate year group.

If a place is available, in accordance with the Bolton Local Authority Co-ordinated School Admission procedures, the school will consider the application. If there are more applications than places available then the school will follow its admission procedures, request completion of the school’s Supplementary Form for the relevant intake year and apply the published oversubscription admissions criteria to award the place.

Pupil and Student Services at the Local Authority can be contacted via email admissions@bolton.gov.uk

This is applicable to all applications made from 1st November 2021 - 31st August 2022

Right of Appeal

Any applicant refused a place at a school of their choice has a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel for a place at their preferred school.

Appeal forms will be made available on the Local Authority Bolton Council website (https://www.bolton.gov.uk/admissions/school-admission-appeals) if a preferred place is refused. Alternatively, a request for an appeal application form can be made by contacting the Clerk to the School Admission Appeals Panel at the Local Authority via admissions@bolton.gov.uk. An appeal date will be arranged within 40 school days of the appeal being lodged and a request will be sent to the applicant to attend an appeal hearing.

An Appeals Panel, comprising three independent members, will consider reasons for the appeal and will decide whether the child can attend the school of choice. The panel members have a background in education and are independent of the Local Authority and the school. The hearing will also be attended by representatives from Democratic Services and the Local Authority and/or the school.

A full explanation of the appeal process will be included within the appeal notification letter. 

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