Admission arrangements.

If you have a child who is due to start Year 7 at secondary school in September 2017 and would like to apply for their place, please follow the application process as outlined on the the Wigan Local Authority web site.
If you would like to move your child from their current secondary school to Atherton Community School you will need to complete an in-year admission form which can be obtained via  Wigan Local Authority .  If you are considering moving your child to Atherton Community School and would like a tour of the school please contact the school directly on 01942 885500.
ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS 2016/17 Atherton Community School Hamilton Street Atherton M46 0AY   Principal: Lynn Burton Admission Number 2016: 90 Age Range: 11-18 DFE number: 4005 Telephone number : 01942 885500 Website: Email:   Oversubscription Criteria If there are more applicants than places available, after students with a statement of special need naming the Atherton Community School, places will be offered in the following order:
  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).

  1. Children with a sibling (the term “sibling” means a full, half, adopted or fostered brother or sister, or other child living permanently within the same household) on roll at Atherton Community School in Years 7 to 11 at the time of the proposed admission.

  1. Children whose acute medical or social need justifies a place at the Atherton Community School. Parents must send evidence with their application such as a letter from a relevant professional such as a doctor or social worker.

  1. Children living closest to the Free School, measured in a straight line from the home address to the front gates of the Free School.

  Tie-breaker 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 the front gates of the school using a Geographical Information System (GIS) which is based on ordnance survey. If the last place available is for one of twins or triplets, 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, a system to randomly pick who will be offered a place will be used. Atherton Community School will use the same system used by the Local Authority for community and controlled schools. A copy of the policy is available on request from the local authority.   Home Address When considering your child’s application, we will use the permanent home address we have for you at the closing date of applications. If parents are separated and the child spends time at each parent’s address, the address we use for admission to the school is that of the main carer. We use the address of the parent who receives the Child Benefit for this. There will be a right of appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel for applicants refused admission. Atherton Community School will participate in the LA’s Fair Access policy.   Notes Note 1: The Local Authority computerised GIS system will be used to measure distances. Atherton Community School is unable to undertake measurements for individual parents by request. Note 2: Applicants with special educational needs but without a statement will receive equal consideration with other applicants.   Waiting Lists If the Free School is oversubscribed, unsuccessful applicants will be placed on a waiting list. The waiting list is maintained until the end of the first term of the school year. The waiting list will be kept in priority order in accordance with the oversubscription criteria and if a place becomes available, it will be offered to the next child on the waiting list.   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.   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 gifted and talented or to a lower year group if the child has experienced problems such as ill health. The parents of a summer born child (born between 1 April and 30 August) may choose not to send their child to school until the September following their fifth birthday and may request that they are admitted out of their normal age group – to Reception rather than Year 1. 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 delayed entry to reception class should be made at the same time as applying for a place for normal entry (i.e. by the closing date of 15 January) in order to give sufficient time for the case to be considered prior to the offer of school places on 16 April.
  • A request for in year admission outside of the normal age group should be made on the normal in year transfer form.
We do not accept requests for early entry to reception class for children who will not be of statutory school age. Stage 2 – decision Requests for voluntary-aided, foundation and academy schools will be referred to the school to be considered. Requests for community and voluntary controlled schools will be considered by the local authority. 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 preferred 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 Council’s complaints procedure for decisions made by the local authority or under the school’s complaints procedure where the decision has been made by the school.   Sixth Form Enrolment Sixth Form entry requirements will be based upon a GCSE points scoring system. Enrolment for Sixth Form is unlike admissions for secondary. ACS will use the Common Application Process as well as accepting applications directly to the School. ACS will admit 100 students on an annual basis. Information regarding courses is available on the School website as well as directly from the Sixth Form at the above address. Applications are welcomed from pupils regardless of address or previous secondary school.     References: School Admissions Code, December 2014: DfE Advice on the admission of summer born children, December 2014: