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If you are applying for a Primary school place for Reception


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If you are applying for a Secondary School place for your child in the September following

Year 6


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If you need to appeal a decision related to admissions you will find more information by following this link:

Oldham School Appeals


These are the links to the Oldham Council application pages



Current Admissions Policy

ADMISSIONS POLICY September 2023/24 


St Thomas‟ Werneth C of E Primary School is a Voluntary Aided Primary School. We are part of the  Henshaw Trust. 

The responsibility for admissions to the school lies with the Governing Body. The admissions process is  co-ordinated by Oldham Local Authority, and the school liaises with the Manchester Diocesan Board of  Education and Oldham Local Authority on admissions issues. Applications must be made on the  Common Application Form available from the Local Authority. 

School Vision 

At St Thomas‟ School, we strive to unlock the hidden treasures within our children, their families and the  parish community through a culture of lifelong learning. Acknowledging everyone as unique, all God‟s  children are welcomed, valued and respected, achieving and thriving in an environment which is safe,  stimulating and enriching.  

Inspirational teaching which develops confident learners 

Children and adults who take ownership of their learning and are proud of their achievements Highest standards of progress and achievement 

Families and a community who support learning 

Everything underpinned by our clear Christian values 

2 Corinthians 4.7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness  of the power will be of God and not from ourselves. 

Admissions Arrangements 

The published admission number (PAN) for admissions to Reception is 60. The admission number for  Reception has been determined in relation to the net capacity of the school and the necessity to comply  with the Infant Class Size legislation. The school also has a 78 part time place nursery. A separate  application has to be made by parents seeking a place in the Reception class. Children attending the  nursery class will not receive automatic entry to or priority for admission to the reception class at school. 

If no more than 60 applications are received for admission to Reception, all applicants will be offered  places. 

The school will admit all children with a statement of special educational needs (or an Education,  Health and Care Plan – EHCP) where St Thomas‟ School Werneth is named in the statement or  EHCP 

If there are more children requesting admission than the number of remaining places available the  decision on which children will be admitted will be based on the following oversubscription criteria, which  will be applied in the order of priority set out below - 

1. 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 the local authority, 

or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social  services functions. This criteria also includes looked after children and all previously looked  after children who appear (to the admission authority) to have been state care outside of England  and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.

2. Children whose medical or social circumstances mean that they should attend St Thomas‟ in  preference to another school. 

Written evidence from a doctor, health visitor or other health professional will be required 

3. Children of Parents who *regularly attend a Church of England Church or other **Christian  place of Worship.  

*Governors will interpret regular attendance to mean at least monthly for 12 months prior to application.  Parents applying under this criterion must collect the Supplementary Form from the School (or download  it from the school website), complete it, and return it to the school. Verification may be sought from the  church. 

**Other Christian place of Worship refers to either  

 (a) a Church which is a part of a national infrastructure that is a member of Churches Together in  Britain and Ireland ( or the Evangelical Alliance; or 

 (b) any local church which does not have a national infrastructure, and whose name is held on a  list held by the school and publicised on the school website. This list will be kept under review. Local  Christian churches that are not on the list may request admission to the list by writing to The Chair of  Governors via the school office. 

In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for  public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these  admissions arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or  alternative premises have been available for public worship

4. Children who will have older brothers and sisters in attendance at St Thomas‟ School at the  time of their admission. 

The school accepts that in some family units (1 or 2 adults and children) the children may not be natural  brothers and / or sisters. Older children from the same family unit, attending a particular school, can be  considered to „qualify‟ a younger child under this criterion, provided proof is available to demonstrate that  the children are permanently resident at the same address and part of the same family unit.  

5. Any other children, with priority given to those who live closest to school (see below) When considering a request for admission to the school, the only address the school can consider is the  address of the adult with whom the child is permanently resident. If the child is cared for on a daily basis  at another address for example by a child-minder, grandparents or another member of the family, this  address cannot be considered by the school for the purpose of its admissions process. 

Over-subscription within the criteria 

If within any of the above criteria the school is over-subscribed with requests for admission, then the  criterion of geographical proximity to the school will be used to determine which pupils are admitted. 

The Local Authority, using the LA Geographical Information System, Post Office Code data and  Ordnance Survey mapping data, will calculate the distance between home and school for all children  who apply. All distances will be in a straight line between the two geographical data points of the home  and school with those living closer to the school receiving the higher priority

How is the distance measured? 

Distance is calculated by the straight line measurement from the applicant‟s home address location to  the center point („centroid‟) of the preferred school. 

(All measurements are subject to prepositional accuracy changes.) 

On entering the address into the admissions system, the address is PAF (Postal Address File) matched  against address-point data held in the system. 

When an address is PAF matched, the system looks up a six-figure grid reference (e.g. 123456, 123456)  for that property known as an Address-Point Location Co-ordinate (APLC). Each property has a unique  APLC. 

The straight line distance from this address point to the centroid (a six-figure grid reference) is then  calculated to the nearest 0.001 mile. The PAF file held by Oldham Council is supplied by Royal Mail and  is updated quarterly.

Flats and apartments 

Where applications are made from the same multiple dwelling sharing a single address point, such  applications in a single criterion will be considered initially by distance between the address point and the  school in the normal way. 

Final Tie-breaker 

Where there are insufficient places to admit all those applicants, the individual priority for each applicant  will be set by random allocation (lottery).The random allocation process will be supervised by someone  independent of the school. 

Admissions information: 

Last year the school was able to admit all pupils whose parents applied by the closing date. 

Late applications for admission 

Applications which are received after the last date will be considered after all the others, and placed on the waiting list in order according to the criteria. 

Waiting list 

When we have more applications than places, the oversubscription criteria will be used. Children who  are 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 oversubscription 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 into the order according to which of the oversubscription criteria they meet. 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 within 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 managed by The Admissions Team located at The Civic Centre, Oldham, and will be  kept at least until 31st December of each school year of admission.  


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. 

Non-routine admissions 

It sometimes happens that a child needs to change school other than at the “normal” time; such admissions are known as non-routine admissions. Parents wishing their child to attend this school may  arrange to visit the school. All applicants must use the Common Application Form and the Local  Authority will co-ordinate the application for a place. If the applicant has indicated more than one  preference the LA will make an offer of a place at the highest preferred school available. If there is no place available in this school then the admissions committee will inform the LA and information about how to appeal against the refusal will be provided. Appeals for children moving into the  area will not be considered until there is evidence of a permanent address, e.g. exchange of contracts or  tenancy agreement with rent book. 

Please note that you cannot re-apply for a place at a school within the same school year unless there has been relevant, significant and material change in the family circumstances 

Special Reasons for admission  

If there are any special reasons, such as identified medical needs, special educational needs, why  parents or other agencies feel a child would educationally benefit from admission to the school, this  information with any supporting documentation should be provided on/attached to the application form.  

Children applying under Priority Four (Parents regularly attending St Thomas‟ Church Werneth or other  Christian Church) must collect a supplementary form from school or download it from the school website  and submit it with the application form.

Fraudulent applications 

Where the governing body discovers that a child has been awarded a place as the result of an intentionally misleading application from a parent (for example a false claim to residence in the catchment area or of involvement in a place of worship) which effectively denies a place to a child with a  stronger claim, then the governing body is required to withdraw the offer of the place. The application will  be considered afresh and a right of appeal offered if a place is refused. 

Multiple births 

Where there are children of multiple births wishing to be admitted and the sibling is the 30th child the  governors may admit over the infant class requirement if it is possible to do so. 

Reception Class Admissions 

Children will be admitted to the Reception class at the beginning of the Autumn Term before their fifth  birthday. Parents may request that their school place be deferred or part-time until later in the school  year and if they do this the place will be held for the child. The child, however must be in school on a full  time basis at beginning of the term after the child‟s fifth birthday. 

Admission outside the child‟s normal age group 

Parents may seek a place for their child outside of their normal age group, for example, if the child is  gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health. In addition, the parents of a summer  born child may choose not to send that child to school until the September following their fifth birthday  and may request that they are admitted out of their normal age group – to reception rather than year 1.  

Parents requesting admission out of the normal age group must put their request in writing, addressed to  the Headteacher at the school, together with any supporting evidence that the parent wishes to be taken  into account. The governing body will make decisions on requests for admission outside the normal age  group on the basis of the circumstances of each case and in the best interests of the child concerned.  This will include taking account of the parent‟s views; any information provided about the child‟s  academic, social and emotional development; where relevant, their medical history and the views of a  medical professional; whether they have previously been educated out of their normal age group; and  whether they may naturally have fallen into a lower age group if it were not for being born prematurely.  The governing body will also take into account the views of the Headteacher. When informing a parent of  their decision on the year group the child should be admitted to, the governing body will set out clearly  the reasons for their decision. 

Where the governing body agrees to a parent‟s request for their child to be admitted out of their normal  age group and, as a consequence of that decision, the child will be admitted to a relevant age group (i.e.  the age group to which pupils are normally admitted to the school) the local authority and governing body  must process the application as part of the main admissions round, unless the parental request is made  too late for this to be possible, and on the basis of their determined admission arrangements only,  including the application of oversubscription criteria where applicable. The governing body must not give  the application lower priority on the basis that the child is being admitted out of their normal age group.  

Parents have a statutory right to appeal against the refusal of a place at a school for which they have  applied. This right does not apply if they are offered a place at the school but it is not in their preferred  age group.



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At this point no churches have requested to be added to our list.