Head Teacher: Mr C Bramwell

Admission Number 2016: 210

Age Range: 11-16

DFE number: 4020

Specialism: Technology College

Telephone number: 01942 202580


Oversubscription Criteria

Where the school receives more applications than places available, the following admission criteria will be applied once places have first been allocated to pupils who have a statement of special educational needs or education health and care plan which names the school:

1.  Looked after children and previously looked after children.

Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order). Applications for previously looked after children must be supported with appropriate evidence i.e. a copy of the adoption order, residence order or special guardianship order.

2.  Children whose older brother or sister attends the school and will still be there at the time of admission

3.  Children living in WN7 5 and Atherton

4.  Other children living in Leigh

5.  Children living nearest to the school


Where there are more children in one particular criterion than the number of places available, places will be allocated to the children who live nearest to the school. The distance will be measured in a straight line from the child's home address to a central point at the school using a Geographical Information System (GIS) which is based on ordnance survey.

If we offer the last place available at the school to one of twins (or triplets, and so on), our policy is to admit the other twin or triplets too.

Occasionally, the distance from home to school is the same for more than one child (for example, if more than one child lives in the same block of flats).

In these cases, we will use a system to randomly pick who will be offered a place.

When considering your child's application, we will use the permanent home address we have for you at the closing date for applications. If 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 receives the Child Benefit for this.

Brothers and Sisters

We will include:

  • Half-brothers and half-sisters;
  • Stepbrothers and step sisters; and
  • Foster brothers and foster sisters;

who live at the same address as part of the same family unit.

Late applications

Late applications (those received after the closing date) 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 30 November will be included with on time applications.

Waiting lists

Places may become available at a school after the offer date. We will:

  • Put all children who we refuse a place at one of their preferences on the waiting list for the school;
  • Keep the list in priority order, decided by the oversubscription criteria for the school only;
  • Offer any place that becomes available to the next child on the waiting list; and
  • Maintain the waiting list until the end of the autumn term.

We cannot take into account the length of time a child's name has been on the waiting list, only the admission criteria for the school. This means that your child's position on the list may change if another parent asks to be put on the list and their child has higher priority in the oversubscription criteria.

Number 2015

No. of preferences
received by the closing date
Details of how places wer
allocated in each criteria as listed above
Final number admitted
following any appeals or withdrawals (information correct at time of print)


1st preference:  165
2nd preference:  121
3rd preference:   100

Total:                 386

Children with a statement of Special EducationalNeeds who names the school:   6

Criterion 1: 4
Criterion 2: 38
Criterion 3: 75
Criterion 4: 33
Criterion 5: 0

The last place was allocated to a pupil living
1.741 miles from the


Applying for a place at Secondary School 2016/17

Applications are dealt with by the Admissions Team at Wigan Council and the booklet entitled Applying for a place at Secondary School 2016/17 can be accessed via the website: 

If you need any help with your application please contact: 

School Organisation Team 
People Directorate 
3rd Floor, 
Waterside House 
Waterside Drive 
Wigan   WN3 5AZ 
Phone: 01942 486040/ 486037/ 486039 / 486107


Page updated: 16/12/2015