Admissions Authority

  • As an Academy, the Academy Trust is the Admissions Authority and is responsible for taking decisions on applications for admissions.
  • The co-ordination of admissions arrangements is undertaken by the Local Authority as in any Admission Appeal.

Published Admissions Number (PAN)

The Governing Body has set its admissions number at 240.

Transition to Secondary School from Primary Schools

The closing date for all applications for the September 2018 admission is Tuesday 31st October 2017.
  • A ‘Transferring to Secondary School’ booklet is published by the Local Authority, giving details of the Local Authority’s co-ordinated admissions arrangements. This is available from Local Authority Offices, on the Rochdale Council website and on request from the Local Authority directly.
  • In the Autumn term 2017, parent/carers of children in Year 6 in the Borough’s primary schools should have received a letter reminding them that it was time to apply for a secondary place.
  • All initial correspondence and any reminders of the deadline for applications will have been sent via the child’s primary school. Parent/carers should, therefore, ensure that the contact details held by the primary school are up-to-date.
  • Parent/carers must complete a common application form, expressing three preferences for secondary school admission, and return this to the School Admissions Team at the Local Authority.
  • Parent/carers can request an application form by contacting the Local Authority directly. Alternatively, applications can be made online or by downloading an application form from the Rochdale Council website.
  • Parent/carers should ensure that all relevant information is included on the application form.
  • Late applications or applications which are missing key information, such as a child having a sibling already attending our school, will affect the child’s position on the admissions list and may result in him/her missing out on a place.
  • All applicants will be considered at the same time after the closing date for admissions and in a fair way based on the PAN (Published Admission Number), the published admissions criteria and the information that is returned on the application form.
  • Parents/carers will be informed of the Governors’ decision to offer a place by Rochdale Local Authority on National offer day: 1st March 2018.

Within-Year Transfers between Secondary Schools

  • Parent/Carers who would like their child to transfer to Wardle Academy from another secondary school must complete a Within-Year Transfer Application Form and return this to the School Admissions Team at Rochdale Local Authority.
  • If places are available, children qualifying under the published admissions criteria will be admitted.
  • If there are more applicants than places available, then the published oversubscription criteria will be applied.

Admissions Criteria

The admissions policy for 2018/19 is as follows:-

Children with statements of special educational needs or educational health and care plans

Where pupils have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) the Wardle Trust has a statutory duty to admit those pupils. This means that children with such as statement or EHCP will be allocated a place before any other places are allocated.

Criteria for the allocation of places

The Wardle Academy Trust will admit pupils, on demand, up to the school’s Published Admissions Number of 240 (2018/19). Where there are more applications than there are places available, places will be allocated giving priority to pupils in the following order:

i.  Children in care to a Local Authority (Looked After Children):

Children who are in public care ( “looked after” children as defined by Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989), or children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they became adopted or became subject to a residence or special guardianship order.

ii. Children with exceptional medical needs or exceptional welfare considerations which are directly relevant to Wardle Academy:

Exceptional medical needs must be supported at the same time of application by a letter from a GP, hospital consultant or other medical professional indicating how a pupil’s medical condition relates to the preference for Wardle Academy.

Exceptional welfare considerations (such as children at risk) must be supported at the same time of the application by a letter from a supporting agency (e.g. Social Worker, Family Support Worker) indicating how the circumstances relate to Wardle Academy.

This criteria will consider issues relevant to the child and/or the family in line with the Equalities Act 2010. If exceptional medical or exceptional welfare grounds are claimed after the allocation procedure has been completed, it might not be possible to allocate a place under this priority.

iii. Children with an older sibling attending Wardle Academy at the time of admission:

A sibling is defined as a brother or sister, or step-brother or step-sister living at the same address as the child for whom the application is being made and who are in attendance at the school at the start of the academic year for which admission is being sought. Sibling priority will not be given where the brother/sister or step-brother or step-sister lives at a different address to the child for whom the application is being made. No sibling priority is given to cousins, regardless of their address.

You may only claim this priority if your child has an older sibling who will be in attendance at the school in September 2018.

iv. Children eligible for the service premium

Children eligible for admission under this priority are those where:

  • one of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces;
  • one of their parents served in the regular armed forces in the last 3 years;
  • one of their parents died while serving in the armed forces and the pupil is in receipt of a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and the War Pensions Scheme (WPS).
v. Children of staff at the school
  • Where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time which the application for admission to the school is made, and/or
  • the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
vi. Proximity and ease of access – where you live
  • Once places have been allocated using the above criteria any remaining places are allocated on the basis of relative proximity and ease of access to the school.

If the governors reach their admissions number in mid category, places will be allocated according to relative proximity measured by the shortest safe walking route.

The governors will consider second (or fresh) applications if there is a change in circumstances.

Under the Schools Admissions Code of Practice all admissions authorities are required to complete an ‘equal ranking’ preference system.

Appeals Against Admissions Decisions

If you are unsuccessful in gaining a place at school, you can appeal to an independent committee. Please see the section below the Right to Appeal.

Please note that the 2018/19 policy reflects no change in Wardle Academy’s Admissions Policy. This policy was reviewed in July 2017.

  • If applications for the school are in excess of the number of places available the Governors will apply the above criteria, to decide which children should be admitted/offered places. In the event of over-subscription in any of the above categories, applicants living nearest to the school will be given priority. Distance will be measured from the front door of the child’s home address (including flats) to the main entrance of the school, using a recognised computerised measuring system, with those living closer to the school receiving higher priority.
  • It is the responsibility of all applicants to state clearly any specific details which relate to any of the above admission criteria. The information should be included on the application form which should be fully completed before submission.
  • Children living in other authorities must apply to their own Council and name Wardle Academy, Rochdale.


  • If in any category there are more applications than places available, priority will be given on the basis of distance from home to school with those living nearer to the school having priority.
  • Distance will be measured using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system.
  • If the distance is the same for two or more applicants for the last place/s to be allocated, a random lottery will be carried out in a public place.

Year 7 Admissions Waiting List

If there are more applications than places available, a waiting list will be maintained. Waiting lists will be ranked according to the relevant admissions/over-subscription criteria. Parents/carers will be notified if a vacancy arises. The Year 7 admissions waiting list will not be maintained beyond the autumn term of the admission year.

The Right of Appeal

If an application for admission or a within-year transfer request has been turned down by the Governing Body, parents/carers can appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel. This appeal must be made in writing to Rochdale Local Authority Legal Services Team within 20 school days of notification of refusal. The date of notification of the appeal date will be shared with you and a decision following the appeal should be advised within two working days after posting by first class post.

The decision of the appeals panel is binding on all parties.

Admissions and Appeals Information

The following forms and documents are available from the School Admissions Team at Rochdale Local Authority:

  • Secondary School Application Form
  • Within-Year Transfer Form
  • Secondary School Appeal Form
  • Secondary Allocation and Appeal Procedure
  • School Admission Appeal Timetable

Further Information Contact Details




  1. Early Help & School Admissions, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU. Tel: 0300 303 0340
  2. RMBC Legal Services Team, School Admissions Appeals, Floor 2, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU. Tel: 01706 924811