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Lowton Church of England High School is a secondary school jointly sponsored by the dioceses of Liverpool and Manchester. For new admissions, we are very keen to receive applications from parents of all faiths or no particular faith who wish to have their children educated in a Church of England context. We offer an education based on Christian values to all members of the local community, and will be sensitive and encouraging to all religious and philosophical standpoints.

This policy has been produced in accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 and the Special Educational Needs Disability Act 2001. It has been reviewed in accordance with the DDA in 2006 and updated in accordance to the schools Equality Schemes and all related Acts.

This policy will be presented to the Governing body and renewed on an annual basis.

Lowton Church of England High School’s admission number is: 170

Where the school receives more applications than the number of places available (after the admission of any pupils with an EHCP naming the school), the following admission oversubscription criteria will be applied in the order of priority shown, in order to determine the allocation of the remaining places.

1. Looked after children and previously looked after children.

2. Children with brothers or sisters who will be attending the school at the time of admission.

3. Any other children.


Where there are more applicants for the available places within a category, priority for admission will be given to children who live nearest to the school, as measured by Wigan Local Authority. Details of the Local Authority’s measuring system are on the Local Authority’s website. When considering your child's application, we will use the permanent home address we have for you at the closing date for applications.

If parents are separated and the child spends time at each parent's address, the address we use for admission to school is that of the main carer. We use the address of the parent who receives the Child Benefit for this.  

Late applications

Late applications (those received after the closing date) will only be considered after those received by the closing date. The only exception to this is applications for looked after children that are received by 30th November will be included with on time applications.

Waiting lists

  • Places may become available at a school after the offer date. We will:
  • Put all children who we refuse a place on the waiting list for the school;
  • Keep the list in priority order, decided by the oversubscription criteria for the school only;
  • Offer any place that become available to the next child on the waiting list; and
  • Maintain the waiting list until the end of the autumn term.

We cannot take into account the length of time a child’s name has been on the waiting list, only the admission criteria for the school. This means that your child’s position on the list may change if another parent asks to be put on the list and their child has higher priority in the over-subscription criteria.

For more information, visit the Wigan Council Secondary Schools Admissions page.