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Admissions Policy 2022

The Governors of St James's Church of England High School have determined the Admission arrangements for September 2022.

The finalised policy can be viewed below.

If you have any queries relating to this admission year, please contact the School Admissions Manager, Rachel McEvans on 01204 333000 or mcevansr@st-james.bolton.sch.uk 

Admission Policies

Admissions Policy for 2021 - 2022  

Admissions Policy for 2022 - 2023 

Information relating to Admissions for 2022- 2023

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.

Government Guidance Webpage

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic-from-4-july/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-from-2-december#covid-19-response---spring-2021

Church of England Guidance Document

https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2021-03/COVID%2019%20advice%20on%20conducting%20public%20worship%20v3.0_1.pdf

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:

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

Right of Appeal

Any applicant refused a place at a school of their choice has a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel, established by the admission authority for that school, for a place at their preferred school.

Appeal forms will be made available on the Local Authority Bolton Council website 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. 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.