Statutory InformationAdmission Arrangements
When children can start primary school
Children can start reception year at a primary school from the September after their fourth birthday. However, by law children don’t have to start school until the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday.
Earlier starts will be considered in very exceptional cases or circumstances. Parents must provide evidence of an exceptional or substantial need for this to happen.
Blackpool Primary School Appeals 2023
|By Friday 12 May 2023||Appeals forms to be received by Democratic Services, in order to be heard in the first round of hearings. Appeal forms can be submitted after this deadline but the hearing will not be held until later in the year.|
|By Friday 19 May 2023||Any additional documents that parents/carers wish to provide, ie. medical evidence, should be sent to Democratic Services.|
|By Friday 2 June 2023||Notification of appeal hearings will be sent to parents/carers.|
|By Friday 30 June 2023||Appeals that have been submitted by 12 May 2023 will be heard by Independent Appeals Panels.|
Blackpool Secondary School Appeals 2023
|By Friday 7 April 2023||Appeals forms to be received by Democratic Services, in order to be heard in the first round of hearings. Appeal forms can be submitted after this deadline but the hearing will not be held until later in the year.|
|By Friday 12 May 2023||Any additional documents that parents/carers wish to provide, ie. medical evidence, should be sent to Democratic Services.|
|By Friday 19 May 2023||Notification of appeal hearings will be sent to parents/carers.|
|By Friday 23 June 2023||Appeals that have been submitted by 7 April 2023 will be heard by Independent Appeals Panels.|
Applying for a place
You must apply using the link below if you live in Blackpool ( if you pay your council tax to Blackpool or receive housing benefit from Blackpool Council ).
Application will close 15 January 2023.
Further information can be found on their Admissions Information document
For further information on the whole admission process, visit the Blackpool Council School Admissions website.
Lancashire County Council / Wyre Council
You must apply using the link below if you live in Wyre and Fylde ( if you pay your council tax to Wyre or receive housing benefit from Wyre ).
Application will close 15 January 2023.
On-line is now the main means of applying for school and academy places (95%+for September 2021 intakes). Where there are reasons for a paper application being required parents may contact the Area Pupil Access Team or the Central Team direct.
Pupil Access (North) Lancaster, Morecambe, Wyre and Fylde – James, Stacey-Jane or Phil telephone 01524 581148 (Primary /Secondary).
For further information on the whole admission process, visit the Lancashire County Council School Admissions website.
Usual starting dates
|Child born between||Starts primary school||Apply between|
|1 September 2018 – 31 August 2019||September 2023||September 2022 – January 2023|
|1 September 2019 – 31 August 2020||September 2024||September 2023 – January 2024|
|1 September 2020 – 31 August 2021||September 2025||September 2024 – January 2025|
|1 September 2021 – 31 August 2022||September 2026||September 2025 – January 2026|
Children who attend a nursery that is attached to a school or academy do not automatically move into reception.
Attendance at a nursery is not taken into consideration when places in the reception classes are being allocating.
You can find the criteria that is used for allocating places in reception classes in the Admissions Policy below.
If you require a paper copy of the Admission Policy; please contact the school office on 01253 855215 and we shall provide this free of charge.
What Parents are Saying
“Anchorsholme strives to bring out the best in every child and always ensures whatever support a child may require is provided. Communication between school and parents is excellent and staff are extremely focused in everything they do. Nothing is ever too much trouble and staff are always available to listen and help with understanding and compassion whatever the issue.”
“Anchorsholme creates a ‘family’ environment where everyone feels like they’re included and valued.”
“Anchorsholme prepares children to be independent learners, high achieving learners at high school.”
“Creates that safe welcoming environment that children love to be a part of.”