Carter's Charity Primary School




Starting School at the start of the Reception Year
Your child can start in the Reception class from September if they will have their 5th birthday between 1st September that year and 31st August the following year. (So they turn 5 in their first year at school.)

Applying for a place for Reception in a Lancashire school is now completed online.  Carter's Charity School is bound by the admissions criteria set by Lancashire.  Any children who live in a neighbouring authority must apply through their own authority’s system.  The neighbouring authority will then liaise with Lancashire.  The Lancashire School Admissions website is: 


More information on this process can be found on the links below

Joining or school after the start of the Reception Year.
Lancashire County Council continue to deal with admissions to the Reception year until the end of December.

If your child wishes to join our school in any year group after this time, the procedure is as follows:

1. Telephone us at school, and if there is an available place we can admit your child.

2. If there is no available place, you may contact Lancashire who will advise you on the appeals process.

Please note that EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2 classes are usually restricted to 30 pupils, except in certain circumstances.


The Lancashire website containing advice about in-year school admissions is:


More information can be accessed by clicking here:

Admissions Timetable 2020 - 2021


The arrangements for the admission of pupils to primary schools in September 2021 will, as far as possible, conform to the following timetable.

Tuesday 1 September 2020 - Apply from this date

Friday 15 January 2021 - National closing date for primary applications (statutory).

During this period all applications are processed and all preferences are considered against the published admissions policy. Where there are more applications than places available, decisions are made as to which children should be offered the available places. We will liaise and exchange information with all other admission authorities including neighbouring local authorities. The allocation and offer of a primary school place is finalised.

Friday 16 April 2021 - Offers issued to parents*

Friday 30 April 2021 - Deadline for requesting:

Week commencing 3 May 2021 - Distribute appeal forms to parents

Friday 14 May 2021 - Appeal deadline for community and voluntary controlled schools**

1st round of hearings.

For voluntary aided, foundation, free and academy schools, please check with the school directly for their deadline date.

By Friday 9 July 2021
Appeals for community and voluntary controlled schools submitted by the deadline heard by an independent appeal panel

* If you are not happy with an initial offer, the appeals period starts from your receipt of the offer. Appeal information will be issued later as this allows some time for reserve lists to operate.

**Appeals which we receive after the deadline will be slotted into the schedule where possible. We cannot guarantee this however, and late appeals may have to be heard after the agreed date at a second round of hearings. The schedule is subject to change depending upon the availability of appeal panel members, clerks, venue, etc.