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If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below. 

Method of Allocating Places at Ashleigh Primary School


There are thirty-five Reception Class places available in September 2021.  If the number of applicants does not exceed this number, then all applicants will be admitted.


However, parents/guardians should be aware that in previous years, the thirty-five places were insufficient to meet demand.


Children with a statement for special educational needs or an individual pupil resource agreement (IPRA) for whom the preferred school is named in the statement will be admitted first.


The remaining applicants who have named this school as a 1st or 2nd preference will then be considered equally against the Council’s admission policy, in the priority order given below:


(a) Children in care (looked after children);


(b) Children with older brothers or sisters (which means full, half, adopted and step children and the children of the parent/carer’s partner living with the same family at the same address) who will still be attending the preferred school when the younger child is admitted; 


(c) Children with proven exceptional medical, social or welfare needs where these needs can only be met at this school. Professional supporting evidence from a doctor, psychologist, social worker, etc is essential if admission is to be made under this criterion. Such evidence must set out the particular reasons why this school is the most suitable school and the difficulties which would be caused if the child had to attend another school.


(d) Geographical proximity. Under this category, the remaining places will be offered to children who live nearest to the preferred school. The distance will be measured in a straight line between the home front door and the main gate of the school using a computer.


If category (b), (c) or (d) is oversubscribed, geographical proximity (as set out in category (d)) will be used as the ‘tie-breaker’. If after measuring distances it is still not possible to decide on the child/ren to be offered admission (e.g. 2 children living in the same block of flats or in the same house) random allocation will be used to decide which of the children can be offered a place.


The full Admissions Policy is available from the school office as a paper copy, or click the link above.


To make an application for a place at Ashleigh, please contact the Blackburn with Darwen Admissions team on: 01254 666613

Or click here to go straight to the Blackburn with Darwen Admissions website.