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  1. The Deanery C.E. High School is a Church of England High School, therefore:
  • the Governors decide the school’s Admissions Policy, and
  • the Governors decide who is offered a place at the school.

The Local Authority coordinates Admissions across Wigan.

  1. Normally, children start at The Deanery in the September of Year 7 and the September of Year 12.  Children can start in other year-groups or at other times of the year; these are called ‘in-year’ admissions (see below).
  1. For September 2024, there are 250 places for Year 7 children.


  • If 250 children (or fewer) apply to The Deanery, all will be offered a place.
  • If more than 250 children apply, places will be offered in the following order.


  1. a) Children with a Statement of Special Education Needs or Education Health and Care Plan, as long as the Statement or EHC Plan names The Deanery as the pupil’s school.


  1. b) Children in Public Care and previously looked after children.  This includes any ‘looked after child’, ‘previously looked after child’ or 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 a 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 in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.


  1. c) Children with a medical or social need, where those needs can only be met at The Deanery Church of England High School, as long as evidence from a suitably qualified professional (i.e. a doctor, psychologist or social worker) is given to the school.  This evidence must set out the nature of the child’s circumstances, the reasons why The Deanery is the only school able to meet the child’s needs and outline the difficulties that would be caused if the child had to attend another school.


  1. d) Children of staff at the school who are employed on a permanent contract and have a) been employed for two or more years or b) been recruited to fill a vacant post for which there was a demonstrable skill shortage, at the time of application.


  1. e) Children who will have an older brother or sister at The Deanery Church of England High School at the time of application, including the Sixth Form.


  1. f) Children who are regular worshippers at a Christian church, as long as this is confirmed by the church leader (such as the vicar, priest, minister, faith leader) using the Supplementary Information Form.


  1. g) Children who express a preference for a place at the school on their Local Authority form.


  1. Distance Tie-Break

            Within each group above, children who live nearer the school will be offered a place first.  The distance will be measured in a straight line from the child’s home address to the school’s Pupil Entrance, using a Geographical Information System.  Occasionally the distance from home to school is the same for more than one child (e.g. if two children live in the same block of flats).  In these cases, the Local Authority will prioritise these children on a random basis.

When parents apply for a place, they must give the correct permanent address.  This is where the child and parent, or person with care of the child, or the person with parental responsibility, normally live.  If the child’s parents are separated and the child spends time at each parent’s address, the address we use for admission to school is that of the main carer.  We use the address of the parent who gets the Child Benefit to determine this.  We may carry out checks to confirm that addresses are genuine.  We may ask to see two forms of evidence of a child’s permanent address at the closing date for applications such as:

  • where the registration for council tax is held, and/or
  • a utility bill which can be gas, electricity or water

Any evidence provided must establish that the parent or main carer lived at this address at the closing date for applications.  If there is a temporary change of address, for example, if someone has gone to live with a relative etc., this address cannot be used.  When considering a child’s application, we use the permanent home address we have on file at the closing date for applications.


  1. Brothers and Sisters

In this category, we mention ‘an older brother or sister’.  In line with the Local Authority definition, we will count:

  • brothers and sisters
  • half-brothers and half-sisters
  • stepbrothers and stepsisters
  • foster brothers and foster sisters

who live at the same address as part of the same family unit as ‘an older brother or sister.’


  1. Christian Churches

In this category, we mention ‘regular worshippers at a Christian Church.’  ‘Regular worshippers’ means any child who has attended a church service or a new worshipping community (i.e. public worship, which is defined as a recurrent act of worship by a Christian church, open to the public and free to attend) once a month, on average, in the preceding 12 months before the application is made.  A Christian Church is any church in membership of, or sharing the statement of belief (‘the Basis’), of Churches Together in England.  Children will only be offered a place as a ‘regular worshipper’ if the church leader (i.e., the priest, minister, vicar or faith leader) signs the Supplementary Information Form to confirm the child’s Church attendance.

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.

The following are not considered in this category:

  1. attendance at church as part of normal school activity
  2. whether a child is confirmed or being prepared for confirmation
  3. whether a child is baptised


  1.      Applications from twins, triplets etc.

If a twin or triplet etc. is offered a place, then the other twin, triplet(s) etc. will also be offered a place.  Very occasionally this may result in more than 250 places being offered.


  1. Children of UK service personnel and crown servants

For families of service personnel with a confirmed posting, or crown servants returning from overseas, we will:

  1. a) allocate a place in advance of the family arriving in the area (as long as one is available), provided the application is accompanied by an official letter that declares a relocation date.
  2. b) use the address at which the child will live when applying our oversubscription criteria, as long as the parents provide some evidence of their intended address. We will use a Unit or quartering address as the child’s home address when considering the application against our oversubscription criteria, where a parent requests this.


  1. Late Applications

Late applications, received after the closing date of 31st October 2023, will only be considered after those received by the closing date.  The only exception to this is applications for Looked After Children that are received by 30th November 2023 will be included with on time applications.


  1. In-year Admissions

            Children can apply for a place at the school outside the normal round of Admissions.  If there are more applicants than places, the Governors will apply the categories listed above to establish which child(ren) will be admitted


Admissions & Appeals Timeline

By 12 September 2023 Admissions information circulated

Online application service opens

31 October 2023 Closing date for applications On-line application service closes
November 2023 – February 2024 Applications processed
1 March 2024 National offer day
15 April 2024 Closing date for appeals
May – June 2024 Appeals heard
September 2024 Admission to school
  1. Unsuccessful Applications

All unsuccessful applicants will be offered a chance to appeal.  The Appeal is heard by a panel independent of the school.

Unsuccessful applications for the normal round of admissions into Year 7 will be held in a waiting list.  The waiting list is kept in categories using the same criteria described above.  In the event of a place becoming available, the Admissions process will be run again to determine which applicant is offered a place.  The waiting list for the normal round of admissions will be maintained until the Christmas of Year 7.  No waiting list will be kept for any other year-group.


12. Sixth Form Admissions

Each year up to a maximum of 250 students are admitted into the Sixth Form, up to 80 of whom may be external applicants.  Any Looked-After Child who meets the admissions criteria for the courses they have chosen will automatically be offered a place.  The remaining places will be awarded on the basis of academic suitability for the courses that will run, using criteria that will be published in the Sixth Form Prospectus.  GCSE results will be used as an over-subscription criterion should this prove necessary.


  1. Admission of children outside their normal age group

Parents may seek a place for their child outside of their normal age group, for example, to a higher year group if the child is particularly able academically or to a lower year group if the child has experienced problems such as ill health.  A decision is made on the basis of the circumstances of each case.

The process is as follows:

Stage 1 – request

Parents make a formal request to the Local Authority School Organisation Team in writing with any supporting evidence they wish to be considered.

  • A request for early entry into Year 7 should be made before 31 October in the previous academic year in order to give sufficient time for the case to be considered prior to the offer of school places on 1 March.
  • A request for in year admission outside of the normal age group should be made on the normal in year transfer form.


Stage 2 – decision

As a Voluntary Aided school, requests will be referred to the school by the Local Authority School Organisation Team to be considered.

We will look at the following factors but these are not exhaustive:

  • Parent’s views.
  • The needs of the child and the possible impact on them of being educated out of year group.
  • The child’s medical history and views of medical professionals if appropriate.
  • In the case of children born prematurely the fact that they may have naturally fallen into the lower age group if they had been born on their expected date of birth.
  • Whether delayed academic, social, emotional or physical development is adversely affecting their readiness for school.
  • Any other information which the parent requests the local authority to consider.


Stage 3 – outcome

Parents are notified of the decision in writing by the School Organisation Team.


Request agreed:

If the request is agreed the application will be considered for the year group requested and ranked alongside any other applications.  There is no guarantee that a place will be offered at the school. 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.

Where a child has been educated out of their normal age group, the parent may again request admission out of the normal age group when they transfer to secondary school. It will be for the admission authority of that school to decide whether to admit the child out of their normal age group.


Request refused:

There is no statutory right of appeal against the refusal of a request for admission outside the normal age group. However, if the parents are dissatisfied they have the right to complain through the school’s complaints procedure where the decision has been made by the school.


  1. 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.


  1. For the avoidance of doubt, matters which the Governors do not take into account in the allocation of places include the following:


  1. Attendance at church as part of normal school activity
  2. Whether a child is confirmed or being prepared for confirmation
  3. Whether a child is baptised
  4. Academic abilities


To apply for a place at the school:

  1. Complete the Local Authority’s online application (
  2. List the 3 schools, in order of preference
  3. If you wish to declare church attendance, please return a completed Supplementary Information Form (available from downloads) and signed by your church leader direct to Mrs Wogan, Admissions Officer, at The Deanery
  4. If you wish to be considered under a Medical/Social category, please return a completed Supplementary Information Form (available from downloads) and signed by a qualified medical or social professional direct to Mrs Wogan, Admissions Officer, at The Deanery


To contact Wigan Local Authority:

Telephone 01942 489013 (Monday – Friday, 8.00am – 6.00pm)

Email using the on-line form

By letter to:

School Organisation Team
People Directorate Children Adults and Families
Wigan Life Centre South,
College Avenue,


Click here to view the 2024/25 admissions policy.

“They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God”

Psalm 92:13

“Pupils, staff and families welcome the many generous ways in which they are valued, nurtured and cared for.”

SIAMS, December 2021
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