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Admission Criteria

All applications will be considered without reference to the order in which the school is expressed as a preference.  Children who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) that names the preferred school will be offered places first. 

Admission Criteria (in order of priority)

1)  Children in Public Care and previously Looked After Children.           
All schools must have oversubscription criteria for each ‘relevant age group’ and the highest priority must be given, unless otherwise provided in this Code, to looked after children and all previously looked after children, including those children who appear (to the admission authority) to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted. Previously looked after children are children who were looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order). All references to previously looked after children mean such children who were adopted (or subject to child arrangements orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been looked after and those children who appear (to the admission authority) to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.

Oversubscription criteria must then be applied to all other applicants in the order set out in the arrangements.

2)  Children for whom there is a child protection plan or has been within a 12 month period.  A Child Protection Plan is one which is made under Section 47 of the Children Act 1989.

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

4)  Pupils who reside at and address which pays a “local parish precept” to Blackrod or Horwich Town Councils, unless at any time that number exceeds the published admission number in which case pupils will be offered places on the basis of distance from school as determined in priority 7.

5)  Children who suffer from a medical condition or disability which makes it better for them to attend the school rather than another.  Places will only be offered under this criterion if the child has a 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.  Medical evidence must be submitted by 31 October.  Evidence received after this date will not be taken into consideration.

6)  Any remaining places not distributed under priorities 1 to 5 the school will admit 20% on the basis of commitment to the Christian faith.  Parents must complete the schools supplementary form as evidence that the family and the child are active worshipping members at a Christian church.  Active worshipping members will be those persons who worship at least once a month sustained over a period of the year prior to the closing date for applications.  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 arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship.  The supplementary form can be downloaded from Bolton Council’s website.

7)  Proximity – The remaining places will be offered to children who live nearest to the school.  The distance will be measured in a straight line between the home address point to the designated main entrance to the school.  In the event of a tie break within a block of flats those living furthest from the communal entrance will be given priority.

Where a single place remains at the school and the application being considered is for twins etc, the school will allocate above the admission number to accommodate each child.

Why should I choose RBHS?

Situated in an environment of extensive natural beauty, the school has over 450 years of history, and in recent years, the school has undergone a significant transformation. We have considerably invested in renovating the buildings, corridors and classrooms; creating new spaces for students to learn and enjoy. More importantly, it has transformed what happens in the classroom, putting students’ learning and pastoral care at the heart of the school.

In addition to providing excellent exam results, there is a real focus on developing the whole child; ensuring that students leave with the skills needed to succeed in their careers and play an active role in their communities.

We offer an extensive extra-curricular provision to encourage students to excel in arts and sports and opportunities to develop students’ leadership skills.

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How to apply 

If you’d like to apply for a place at Rivington & Blackrod High School, you must indicate your preference on the Local Authority application form. To apply online, click here >

Alternatively, if you need free, independent, and impartial support to help you with the admissions process, please contact the Admissions Team on 01204 332 137.

Who to contact

If you have any questions or queries relating to admissions, please contact our Admissions Team via email at admissions@rbhs.co.uk.