Secondary school admission appeals: September 2020

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 filled from the waiting list in priority order. Waiting lists remain open until the end of the Autumn Term in December 2020.

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 2020. In order for your appeal to be heard in the first round, you should submit your appeal paperwork no later than March 31, 2020.

For Secondary School Admission 2020, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council received more applications than school places offered across all schools. To ensure that every child received an offer of a school place, the Council requested schools to offer places above their Published Admissions Number (PAN). The number of places that have been offered above a schools’ Published Admissions Number (PAN) is detailed below.

Blackburn Central High School, Darwen Aldridge Community Academy, Darwen Vale High School, Pleckgate High School, and Witton Park Academy

If your child has been refused a place at either of the schools listed above and you wish to appeal, please email admissions@blackburn.gov.uk and request the appropriate appeal(s) form.

Our Lady & St John Catholic College

For information why your child was refused a place, or to obtain an appeal form, please email CTaylor2@olsj.blackburn.sch.uk or call (01254) 588388 and ask for Casandra Taylor.

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School

For information why your child was refused a place, or to obtain an appeal form, please email admissions@qegsblackburn.com

St Bede's RC High School

For information why your child was refused a place, or to obtain an appeal form, please email admissions@blackburn.gov.uk or call (01254) 666605.

St Wilfrid’s Church of England Academy

For information why your child was refused a place, or to obtain an appeal form, please email knightingale@saintwilfrids.com or call (01254) 604001 and ask for Mrs Nightingale.

Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School

For information why your child was refused a place, or to obtain an appeal form for Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School, please email admissions@tibhs.staracademies.org or call (01254) 918670 and ask for Aysha Elahi.

Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School

For information why your child was refused a place, or to obtain an appeal form for Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School, please email TIGHS_Admissions@tighs.staracademies.org or call (01254) 676553 and ask for Muneera Umerji.

Schools located in the area administered by Bolton Council

For information why your child was refused a place at a Bolton school, please visit their website at www.bolton.gov.uk/admissions or email admissions@bolton.gov.uk or call (01204) 333333

Schools located in the area administered by Lancashire County Council

For information why your child was refused a place at a Lancashire school, please visit their website at www.lancashire.gov.uk/schools for full details, appeals forms and information.

Advice is also available from Coram Children’s Legal Centre

www.childrenslegalcentre.com

Coram Children’s Legal Centre
Wellington House
4th Floor, 90-92 Butt Road
Colchester
CO3 3DA

Tel: 01206 714 650 (for general queries only, we cannot give legal advice or a referral through this number)
Fax: 01206 714 660
E-mail: info@coramclc.org.uk

St Wilfrid’s CE Academy

Published admission number – 246 (offered an extra 10 places above PAN)

By the closing date for receipt of applications 824 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 Children offered places
Pupils with either an education, health and care plan, or a statement of special educational needs 2
Children in public care or adopted children who were previously in public care

1 with sibling
4 with no sibling

Children with special medical or social circumstances 0 with sibling
0 with no sibling
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. 14 with siblings
22 with no sibling
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. 5 with siblings
10 without siblings
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. 7 with siblings
11 without siblings
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. 0 with sibling
1 with no sibling
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
4 with no sibling
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
2 with no sibling
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. 2 with siblings
11 with no sibling
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. 5 with siblings
15 with no sibling
Children of staff 0 with siblings
0 with no siblings
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. 17 with siblings
62 with no siblings
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. 36 with siblings
*23 with no siblings
Other children on the basis of distance 0 with siblings
0 with no siblings

*These places were offered using the distance tiebreak; the address of the last child to be offered a place was 0.627 miles from the school.

Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School

Published admission number – 124

By the closing date for receipt of applications 403 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 Children offered places
Boys with either an education, health and care plan or a statement of special educational needs 2
Tauheedul Islam Boys' High School offered places
Category Group A Children offered places
Looked after Muslim boys or boys previously looked after 0
Muslim boys who appear to the school to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted 0
Boys whose parent(s) are members of, or women who receive membership benefits of Tauheedul Islam Mosque 36
Boys whose parent(s) are members of, or women who receive membership benefits of either Al Hidayah, Anisul Islam or Irfan Mosques 22
Sons of Muslim Staff employed at the school 0
Muslim boys with a sibling 0
Muslim boys – Social/ Medical 0
Muslim boys attending The Olive School, Blackburn *3
Distance (All other Muslim boys who live nearest to the school) 0
*The distance from home to school of the last child offered a place under Criteria 9 was 1.949 miles.
Category Group B Children offered places
Looked after boys or boys previously looked after 0
Boys who appear to the school to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted 0
Sons of staff employed at the school 3
Boys with a sibling 37
Social / Medical 3
Boys attending The Olive School, Blackburn 16
Distance (All other boys who live nearest to the school) *2

*The distance from home to school of the last child offered a place under Criteria 7 was 0.057 miles.

Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School

Published admission number – 124

By the closing date for receipt of applications 405 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 Children offered places
Girls with either an education, health and care plan or a statement of special educational needs 2
Looked after Girls 0
Girls whose parent(s) are members of, or women who receive the Membership benefits of, Masjid-e-Tauheedul 39
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 45
Daughters of Staff employed at TIGHS or TIGHS Sixth form 3
Sibling 4
Girls for whom the governing body accepts that they have proven, exceptionally strong special, medical or social circumstances 6
Girls attending The Olive School, Blackburn at the time of application 8
Distance *17

*The distance from home to school of the last child offered a place under Criteria 8 was 0.362 miles.

St Bede's RC High School

Published admission number – 210

By the closing date for receipt of applications 534 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 Children offered places
Girls with either an education, health and care plan or a statement of special educational needs 5
Baptised Catholic looked after Children and previously looked after children 7
Baptised Catholic children who have a sibling in the school at the time of admission 43
Baptised Catholic children from Partner Primary Schools: - St Paul’s & St Peter’s (Blackburn), St Edward’s & St Joseph’s (Darwen) and Feniscowles Primary School 89
Other Baptised Catholic children 40
Non Catholic Children who have a sibling in the school at the time of admission 24
A child with a parent or carer employed at St Bede’s 0
Non Catholic children from the Partner Primary Schools *2
Other children 0

*These places were offered using the distance tiebreak; the address of the last child to be offered a place was 0.158 miles from the school.

Blackburn Central High School

Published Admission Number (PAN) – 180

By the closing date for receipt of applications 341 preferences were received.

The Governors applied the admission policy and offered places in the following order of criteria;

Blackburn Central High School offered places
Category Children offered places
Children with either an education, health and care plan or a statement of special educational needs 13
Looked after Children 1
Children with a sibling 54
Children with proven and exceptional, medical or social needs 0
Distance *112

*These places were offered using the distance tiebreak; the address of the last child to be offered a place was 2.972 miles from the school.

Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

Published Admission Number (PAN) – 240 (offered an extra 10 places above PAN)

By the closing date for receipt of applications 295 preferences were received.

The Governors applied the admission policy and offered places in the following order of criteria;

Darwen Aldridge Community Academy offered places
Category Children offered places
Children with either an education, health and care plan or a statement of special educational needs 5
Looked after Children 3
Children with a sibling 55
Children with proven and exceptional, medical or social needs 0
Distance *185

*These places were offered using the distance tiebreak; the address of the last child to be offered a place was 5.265 miles from the school.

Darwen Vale High School

Published Admission Number (PAN) – 240 (offered an extra 10 places above PAN)

By the closing date for receipt of applications 453 preferences were received.

The Governors applied the admission policy and offered places in the following order of criteria;

Darwen Vale High School offered places
Category Children offered places
Children with either an education, health and care plan or a statement of special educational needs 2
Looked after Children 4
Children with a sibling 53
Children with proven and exceptional, medical or social needs 0
Distance *191

*These places were offered using the distance tiebreak; the address of the last child to be offered a place was 5.513 miles from the school.

Our Lady & St John Catholic College

Published admission number – 150 (offered an extra 50 places above PAN)

By the closing date for receipt of applications 230 preferences were received.

The Governors applied the admission policy and offered places in the following order of criteria;

Our Lady & St John Catholic College offered places
Category Children offered places
Children with either an education, health and care plan or a statement of special educational needs 3
Baptised Roman Catholic pupils who are “looked after children” or “previously looked after children 0
Baptised Roman Catholic pupils attending an associated Roman Catholic Primary School 19
Baptised Roman Catholic pupils who are resident in a designated parish and would have a sibling attending the school at the time the admission would take effect 2
Baptised Roman Catholic pupils who are resident in a designated parish 7
Baptised Roman Catholic pupils who would have a sibling attending the school at the time the admission would take effect 0
Other Baptised Roman Catholic children 1
Non Roman Catholic pupils who are “looked after children” or “previously looked after children” 0
Non Roman Catholic pupils attending an associated Roman Catholic Primary School 31
Non Roman Catholic pupils who would have a sibling attending the school at the time the admission would take effect 21
Children with proven and exceptional medical/social needs where these needs can only be met at this school 0
Other children *116

*These places were offered using the distance tiebreak; the address of the last child to be offered a place was 2.644 miles from the school.

Pleckgate High School

Published admission number – 270 (offered an extra 10 places above PAN)

By the closing date for receipt of applications 567 preferences were received.

The Governors applied the admission policy and offered places in the following order of criteria;

Pleckgate High School offered places
Category Children offered places
Children with either an education, health and care plan or a statement of special educational needs 5
Looked after Children 0
Children with a sibling 83
Children with proven and exceptional, medical or social needs 0
Distance *192

*These places were offered using the distance tiebreak; the address of the last child to be offered a place was 5.742 miles from the school.

Witton Park Academy

Published admission number – 240 (offered an extra 30 places above PAN)

By the closing date for receipt of applications 466 preferences were received.

The Governors applied the admission policy and offered places in the following order of criteria;

Witton Park Academy
Category Children offered places
Children with either an education, health and care plan or a statement of special educational needs 5
Looked after Children 4
Children with a sibling 72
Children with proven and exceptional, medical or social needs 0
Distance *189

*These places were offered using the distance tiebreak; the address of the last child to be offered a place was 2.147 miles from the school.

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School

Published admission number – 140

By the closing date for receipt of applications 551 preferences were received

The Governors applied the admission policy and offered places to pupils resident within Blackburn Borough Council in the following order of criteria

Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School Blackburn with Darwen offered places
BWD Band 1 Band 2 Band 3 Band 4 Band 5
Year 6 transfers offered = 32 4 8 5 7 4
SEN/IPRA/EHCP 1
CIOC
Staff Member 1
Other Children 13 14 14 11 11
Total 17 22 19 19 16

Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School out of borough offered places
Out of Borough Band 1 Band 2 Band 3 Band 4 Band 5
Year 6 transfers offered 1 1 0 2 0
SEN/IPRA/EHCP
CIOC
Staff Member
Other Children 14 8 11 9 6
Total 15 9 11 11 6