Secondary school admission appeals: September 2021

If your child has been refused a place at Blackburn with Darwen school(s), their name will be placed on the waiting list for the school(s). If places become available, they will be offered from the waiting list in priority order. Waiting lists remain open until the end of the Autumn Term in December 2021.

You also have a right of appeal against the decision to an independent appeal panel. You can appeal for more than one school.

It is expected that the first round of appeals for Blackburn with Darwen secondary schools will be held in May/June 2021. In order for your appeal to be heard in the first round, you should submit your appeal paperwork no later than 31 March 2021.

For information why your child was refused a place and to obtain an appeal form please contact:

Advice is also available from Coram Children’s Legal Centre
Coram Children’s Legal Centre
Wellington House
4th Floor, 90-92 Butt Road
Colchester
CO3 3DA
Tel: 01206 714 650 (for general queries only, legal advice or referrals cannot be given through this number)
E-mail: info@coramclc.org.uk
website: www.childrenslegalcentre.com

Oversubscription criteria

Please find details below of the number of places offered at schools in Blackburn with Darwen that were ‘oversubscribed’. A school is defined as being oversubscribed if at least one on-time applicant was refused a place and the applicant did not receive an offer from any higher preference school.

St Bede's RC High School

Published admission number – 210

By the closing date for receipt of applications 491 preferences were received. The Governors applied the admission policy and offered places in the following order of criteria:

St Bede's RC High School offered places
Category Places offered
SEN Children who have an Education Health and Care Plan/Statement for Special Educational Need naming St Bede’s. 8
1 Looked after Children and previously looked after children. 2
2 Baptised Catholic children who have a sibling in the school at the time of application and admission. 58
3 Baptised Catholic children from Partner Primary Schools - St. Paul’s Feniscowles, St. Peter’s Mill Hill, St. Edward’s Darwen, St. Joseph’s Darwen and Feniscowles Primary School. 88
4 Other Baptised Catholic children. 46
5 Non Catholic Children who have a sibling in the school at the time of application and admission. 8*
6 Children with a parent or carer who has been employed at St Bede’s for a minimum of two years prior to the closing date for applications. 0
7 Non Catholic children from the Partner Primary Schools - St. Paul’s Feniscowles, St. Peter’s Mill Hill, St. Edward’s Darwen, St. Joseph’s Darwen and Feniscowles Primary School. 0
8 Other children. 0

*These places were offered using the distance tiebreak; the address of the last child to be offered a place was 0.479 miles from the school.

St Wilfrid’s CE Academy

Published admission number – 246

By the closing date for receipt of applications 683 preferences were received. The Governors applied the admission policy and offered places in the following order of criteria:

St Wilfrid's CE Academy offered places
Category Places offered
SEN Pupils with either an education, health and care plan, or a statement of special educational needs. 3
1 Children in public care or adopted children who were previously in public care 1 with sibling
2 with no sibling
2 Children with special medical or social circumstances 1 with sibling
2 with no sibling
3 Parents with not less than weekly worship attendance over a period of two years leading up to 1 September in the year of application, in the Church of England or at churches in membership of Churches Together in England, the Free Churches Group or the Evangelical Alliance, with first priority given to siblings of pupils who are on the school roll both at the closing date for applications and at the time of transfer, including sixth form. 11 with siblings
17 with no sibling
4 Parents with not less than fortnightly worship attendance over two years leading up to 1 September in the year of application, in the Church of England or at churches in membership of Churches Together in England, the Free Churches Group or the Evangelical Alliance, with first priority given to siblings of pupils who are on the school roll both at the closing date for applications and at the time of transfer, including sixth form. 3 with siblings
11 with no sibling
5 Parents with not less than monthly worship attendance over two years leading up to 1 September in the year of application, in the Church of England or at churches in membership of Churches Together in England, the Free Churches Group or the Evangelical Alliance, with first priority given to siblings of pupils who are on the school roll both at the closing date for applications and at the time of transfer, including sixth form. 9 with siblings
5 with no sibling
6 Parents with not less than weekly worship attendance over a period of one year leading up to 1 September in the year of application, in the Church of England or at churches in membership of Churches Together in England, the Free Churches Group or the Evangelical Alliance, with first priority given to siblings of pupils who are on the school roll both at the closing date for applications and at the time of transfer, including sixth form. 1 with sibling
0 with no sibling
7 Parents with not less than fortnightly worship attendance over one year leading up to 1 September in the year of application, in the Church of England or at churches in membership of Churches Together in England, the Free Churches Group or the Evangelical Alliance, with first priority given to siblings of pupils who are on the school roll both at the closing date for applications and at the time of transfer, including sixth form. 0 with siblings
0 with no sibling
8 Parents with not less than monthly worship attendance over one year leading up to 1 September in the year of application, in the Church of England or at churches in membership of Churches Together in England, the Free Churches Group or the Evangelical Alliance, with first priority given to siblings of pupils who are on the school roll both at the closing date for applications and at the time of transfer, including sixth form. 1 with sibling
5 with no sibling
9 Children with a parent who is an occasional worshipper at the Church of England or at churches in membership of in membership of Churches Together in England, the Free Churches Group or the Evangelical Alliance. Occasional worshipping is defined as a minimum of six times for a period of at least one year leading up to 1 September in the year of application. 3 with siblings
15 with no sibling
10 Children who are occasional worshippers at the Church of England or at churches in membership of in membership of Churches Together in England, the Free Churches Group or the Evangelical Alliance. Occasional worshipping is defined as a minimum of six times for a period of at least one year leading up to 1 September in the year of application. 7 with siblings
6 with no sibling
11 Children of staff. 0 with siblings
0 with no sibling
12 Children who have attended The Redeemer CE Primary School, Blackburn, Mellor St Mary’s CE Primary School, St Aidan’s CE Academy, St Francis CE Primary School, St Gabriel’s CE Primary School, St Paul’s CE Primary School, Hoddlesden, St Oswald’s CE Primary School, Knuzden or Belthorn Academy, for the whole of year 5 there in the school year before the closing date for applications. 15 with siblings
40 with no sibling
13 Children with parent(s) or legal guardian(s) who show evidence of being an active member of the major world faiths who are in membership of the UK Interfaith Network; in addition to Christians, it includes Buddhists, Baha’is, Hindus, Jains, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Zorastrianeeps. The governors will request confirmation of this from the relevant member of the clergy or worship leader. 26 with siblings
50 with no sibling
14 Other children on the basis of distance. 10 with siblings
2 with no sibling*

*These places were offered using the distance tiebreak; the address of the last child to be offered a place was 0.187 miles from the school.

Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School

Published admission number – 124

By the closing date for receipt of applications 390 preferences were received. The Governors applied the admission policy and offered places in the following order of criteria:

Tauheedul Islam Boys' High School offered places
Category Places offered
SEN Boys with either an education, health and care plan or a statement of special educational needs. 4
Priority group A
1 Looked after Muslim boys. 0
2 Muslim boys in state care outside of England. 0
3 Boys whose parent(s) are members of, or women who receive
Membership benefits of Tauheedul Islam Mosque.
25
4 Boys whose parent(s) are members of, or women who receive
Membership benefits of either Al Hidayah, Anisul Islam or Irfan Mosques.
34
5 Sons of Muslim Staff employed at the school. 0
6 Muslim boys with a sibling 0
7 Muslim boys – Social/ Medical 0
8 Muslim boys attending The Olive School, Blackburn 1*
9 Distance (All other Muslim boys who live nearest to the school) 0
Priority group B
1 Looked after boys. 2
2 Boys in state care outside of England. 0
3 Sons of staff employed at the school. 4
4 Boys with a sibling. 43
5 Social / Medical reasons. 4
6 Boys attending The Olive School, Blackburn. 7**
7 Distance (All other boys who live nearest to the school) 0

*The distance from home to school of the last child offered a place under criteria 8 in Priority Group A was 1.356 miles.

** The distance from home to school of the last child offered a place under criteria 6 in Priority Group B was 0.975 miles.

Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School

Published admission number – 124

By the closing date for receipt of applications 372 preferences were received. The Governors applied the admission policy and offered places in the following order of criteria:

Tauheedul Islam Girls' High School offered places
Category Places offered
SEN Girls with either an education, health and care plan or a statement of special educational needs. 3
1 Looked after girls. 1
2 Girls in state care outside England. 0
3 Girls whose parent(s) are members of, or women who receive the Membership benefits of, Masjid-e-Tauheedul. 28
4 Girls whose parent(s) are members of, or women who receive Membership benefits of Masjid Al Hidayah, Masjid-e-Irfan, or Masjid-e-Anisul Islam. 30
5 Girls of Staff employed at the school. 1
6 Girls with social/medical reasons. 3
7 Girls with a sister who is attending TIGHS at time of both application and admission. 13
8 Girls attending The Olive School, Blackburn at the time of application and admission. 12
9 Distance. 33*

*The distance from home to school of the last child offered a place under Criteria 9 was 0.594 miles.

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School

Published admission number (PAN) – 140 (plus 1 additional place over PAN - 141)

By the closing date for receipt of applications 546 preferences were received. The Governors applied the admission policy and offered places in the following order of criteria:

Children residing in the borough of Blackburn with Darwen

Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School Blackburn with Darwen offered places
Band 1 Band 2 Band 3 Band 4 Band 5
Year 6 transfers. 3 7 6 9 13
Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) naming this school. 1
‘Looked after’ children and children who were previously ‘looked after’. 1
Children of a member of staff.
Other Children 17 11 10 11 6
Total 20 18 16 21 20

Children residing out of the borough of Blackburn with Darwen

Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School out of borough offered places
Band 1 Band 2 Band 3 Band 4 Band 5
Year 6 transfers. 0 2 2 2 4
Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) naming this school 1
‘Looked after’ children and children who were previously ‘looked after’.
Children of a member of staff.
Other Children 8 7 10 5 5
Total 8 10 12 7 9