St James


There are 30 Reception Class places available in September 2021. If the number of applications does not exceed this number, then all applicants will be admitted. Please see our policy for over subscription criteria.

If you have selected St James’ CofE Primary School for your child because you expect to move into the locality in the near future, the Governors will not take this into consideration unless you quote your agreed date of removal and provide written confirmation of this from your Solicitor or Estate Agent.

The school operates a waiting list for each class. When a place becomes available the lists are consulted and the oversubscription criteria applied to them to find the next child to be offered a place. The school is part of the RMBC co-ordinated admissions scheme so an application should be made to the local authority in the first instance. Parents will be notified by the local authority as to whether their application has been successful. If you are dissatisfied with the decision of the Governing Body, there is a right of appeal to an Independent Appeals Committee as laid down in the school’s Statutory Instrument and Articles of Government. Details of how to appeal are available on the local authority website.

If you require any help with making an application for a Reception Class place for your child, please contact the school office who will be pleased to assist. Please note that the speed in which an application is returned has no bearing on the allocation of places.

In order to apply to St James’ CofE primary School you must apply online by filling in a Rochdale Education Authority application form.

Application forms for admission to primary school are available from Rochdale Education Authority.

For forms, more information on the admissions process or to make a complaint, please use: Rochdale Borough Council website.

Timetable for applying for a primary school place:

Monday 7 September 2020 The online admissions system opens for primary school places.

Friday 15th January 2021
Closing Date for applications. Ensure your primary school application is submitted before this date. Otherwise you will need to apply for a late application.

Friday 19th February 2021 Last date for any changes to address in your application.

Friday 16th April 2021 National Offer Day

Waiting List Protocol

Thank you for considering St. James’ CofE Primary School as your preferred school.

My child has not been allocated a place in reception.
If your child has not been allocated a reception place, parents should fill out a waiting list application.  This will then be kept on file to be considered should a place become available.  At any point, you can contact the school to have the request withdrawn.

I would like my child to attend St. James’ but there are no places available:
If you wish to be considered for available places in the future, parents must fill out a waiting list application.  The school will contact parents if a place can be offered.  At the start of each academic year the school will contact parents to confirm that you wish to stay on the waiting list.

How are places allocated from the waiting list:
When a place becomes available, the school will apply its oversubscription criteria as set out in the admission policy.  Parents will then be contacted to confirm the acceptance of the place.  If your child is currently in another school, you will need to complete an ‘in year transfer form’ and have it signed by the current school’s headteacher.  Once we receive this we will begin the process of admitting your child.

If you have any further questions please contact the school office.

PLEASE NOTE: Your child’s details will be held on the waiting list until the end of the school year. An email or text will be sent during July each year asking if you wish to remain on the waiting list. If we do not get a response, your child’s details will be removed from the waiting list.
It is important that your contact details are kept up to date so that we can contact you should a place become available. Please contact school if your circumstances or contact details change.

Admissions Waiting List Protocol

Schools Admission Appeals

If your child hasn’t been allocated a place at your preferred school, it’s because the school received more applications than there are places available at the school.

Where a school is oversubscribed, the admission authority for the school has to apply their published admission criteria to decide in which order the available places should be offered.

You’ll only be refused a place at your preferred school where the school is oversubscribed and it was not possible to allocate your child a place when the admission criteria were applied.

When allocating places, the school must take into account what the law says about the sizes of classes in Key Stage One. In most schools in the borough, if any additional child was admitted above the schools published admission number, the school would not be able to comply with the law regarding infant class sizes without making accommodating measures, such as employing an additional teacher.

Appeals for September 2021 Entry
Appeals resulting from year of entry (Reception) or transfer applications (Year 7 entry) for admission in September 2021 will be heard according to the following timetable:


Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard as soon as is practicable in accordance with the Guidance Late appeals guidance

Appellants will be sent notification of their appeal hearing along with a copy of the school’s case at least 14 days in advance of the hearing.

Further Information about School Admission Appeals can be found here:

Advice for parents and guardians on school admission appeals.



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