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Admissions Policy 2022

The Governors of St James's Church of England High School are currently updating the admissions arrangements for September 2022.

The School Admissions Code requires us to consult on changes to proposed arrangements. This consultation period has taken place and is now closed. All comments and feedback will be collated and shared with our Foundation Governing board for consideration. 

Confirmed admission arrangements will be published on this area of the School website by 15th March 2021.

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

Documents for consultation;

Admission Policies

Admissions Policy for 2020 - 2021

Admissions Policy for 2021 - 2022 - Approved Variation 

Parish Area

If you wish to check whether you live in one of our named parish areas  - 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 are:

  • Seven Saints, Newbury and Great Lever
  • St Matthew, Little Lever
  • Farnworth and Kearsley
  • St Stephen, Kearsley Moor
  • Stoneclough
  • St Paul, Walkden Moor
  • St Paul Peel
  • St John the Baptist, Little Hulton

Check your postcode here

Admissions Details for September 2021

Please see full policy on the link above for full details. Please note requests have been made for a variation to this policy due to Covid-19 and closure of places of Worship.

Age range : 11 - 16

Admission number for September 2021 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.

An appeal form should be automatically sent to out by the Local Authority if a preferred place is refused. However, a request for an appeal application form can be made by contacting the Clerk to the School Admission Appeals Panel at the Local Authority. 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 in the appeal notification letter sent to you.