Admissions to our School
For each new September intake there are 30 places at school for Reception Year children, if 30 children or less apply for a place ALL children who apply will be offered a place, however if more than 30 children apply, places will be allocated with reference to the school's Admissions policy which can be read by
Please see the table below how places were allocated previously.
During the last four intake years approximately 44% of our pupils were non-catholic
Should you have any questions regarding the eligibility of your child's application for a place at our school, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01942 832299.
We have put together a number of interesting videos that will give you an insight into our school and the kind of things children new to school can expect, these are available on the Parents/New Starters page or CLICK HERE to be taken there.
September 2023 Starters
If your child was born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019, they will start reception class at the start of the new school year in September 2023.
CLICK HERE for a copy of the 2023/24 School Prospectus.
How to Apply
Each year we receive applications from the areas of ASPULL, BLACKROD, HAIGH, HORWICH, NEW-SPRINGS, STANDISH & WHELLEY as we handle applications from both Bolton and Wigan Metropolitian areas the school uses the services of Wigan LA, and Bolton LA to process all applications for school places.
If you live in the Wigan LA, please CLICK HERE to be directed to the online application service provided by Wigan Local Authority
available from September 2022
If you live in the Bolton LA, please CLICK HERE to be directed to the online application service provided by Bolton Local Authority
available from September 2022
ALL APPLICANTS SHOULD COMPLETE A SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION FORM THIS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE SCHOOL OFFICE OR TO DOWNLOAD A COPY AND PRINT AT HOME PLEASE CLICK HERE. ALL COMPLETED PAPER FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO SCHOOL
THE SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION FORM CAN ALSO BE COMPLETED ONLINE PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DO SO
Appealing an Admission Decision
Once places have been allocated to all applicants, if you disagree with Wigan Council’s decision about a school place for your child, you have the right to appeal. Please click on the following links for more information and appeal timetable:
School admission appeals timetable (wigan.gov.uk)
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can I apply for a school place and view my child's allocated school online?
A. Yes. After you have registered your child at Our Lady’s by speaking to the school office, you will then be sent details of how to apply online with your child's application form from Wigan Local Authority. You'll need to register your details on the School Admissions Portal and then you will be able to access the website and view your child's allocated school on the day the notification letters are sent.
Q. What happens if I don't apply for a school place for my child?
A. You are strongly advised to apply. If you don't apply for a place then your child will be offered a place at the nearest appropriate school which has places left after all other applications have been dealt with.
Q. Does my child need to be Catholic to attend Our Lady’s
A. No, your child does not have to be Catholic to attend Our Lady’s, approximately 43% of the children on roll at our school are of a different religion or have no faith background at all.
Q. My child has a brother or sister already at Our Lady’s, will I automatically be offered a place?
A. No, everyone must complete a school preference form. All preferences are then considered against Our Lady’s oversubscription criteria, if the school is oversubscribed.
Q. How do I know when my child will start school?
A. Applying for a reception class place for September 2023.
If your child was born between 1st September 2018 and 31st August 2019, they will start reception class at the start of the new school year in September 2023.
Q. I'm not Catholic but really want my child to come to Our Lady's, is it best to hedge my bets and put Our Lady's as 2nd or 3rd choice?
A. No, Wigan LA will only offer ONE school place to each child, and will endeavour to offer you your first choice. Please ensure you select Our Lady's as your first choice in order to secure the best chance of being offered a place at our school.
Q. Will I be offered a place at my 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, choice schools if places are available?
A. No, you will only be offered ONE place
Q. Do the schools know what are my 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, choice schools?
A. No, this data is withheld from schools so that they can only use their admissions criteria, your choice is confidential and only known by you and the Local Authority.
Q. I live in the Bolton MBC area and have applied using the Bolton Online or Paper Form, indicating that my child is Catholic on the form. Do I still need to complete the supplementary Information form?
A. Not all the information you supply on the paper and on-line form is passed through to school, therefore you are strongly advised to complete the Supplementary Information Form and send it to school as this is the ONLY way school can rank your application accurately.
The online application service will be open soon. You may have registered an interest previously at Our Lady’s R.C. Primary School, but this is not an application for a school place. To be considered for your preferred primary schools, you must apply online or fill in the Wigan Council primary school application form.
If you need any help using the online service please contact Our Lady’s on 01942 832299 or the Wigan’s School Organisation Team on 01942 489013.
Paper application forms are also available from Our Lady’s School Office.
The closing date for applications is around 15th January 2023.
18th, 19th & 2Oth October 2022
Bookable 15 min slots between 4pm & 6:30pm each day
We continue to deliver our Open Day for prospective pupils. Much has changed in our school over the years, we have completely refurbished KS1 & KS2 Classrooms, built a new Learning Resource Centre (LRC), and Library and we did not want to lose the opportunity to share these with you and your child to help you decide which primary school to choose.
With this in mind we are offering prospective parents/grandparents and children, due to start school in September 2023, the opportunity to book a place on a personal tour of the school with one of our senior leadership team.
In order to book a date and time please TELEPHONE THE SCHOOL OFFICE. This is an opportunity for prospective parents to have a look around the school, meet some staff, ask questions and get a general feel for Our Lady’s.
IF YOU MISS OUR OPEN DAY, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL MRS WARD IN SCHOOL TO ARRANGE A TOUR
FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILD.
TEL: 01942 832299
The closing date for applications is 15th January 2023.
"Parents and carers who shared their views could not praise the school highly enough. One parent summed up the views of many, ‘All the staff go above and beyond to provide an outstanding education for our children’s futures.’" - Ofsted 2023
Lessons are undisturbed because all pupils are engrossed in their learning. Classrooms are a hive of activity. Pupils behave impeccably well. They are wonderful ambassadors for their school. They enjoy warm and caring relationships with their classmates and staff. - Ofsted 2023
Reception Class Statistics
* information correct at time of publication