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Admission to Reception 2021 - 2022



Registering An Interest

All parents who may be interested in a place for their child at Leigh St. John's are encouraged to contact the school office on

01942 672825 and register an interest, however, it is important to note that this does not guarantee a place.  This ensures we will contact you with our school tour details, as well as send you a school prospectus in the November before your child is due to start school.



The Application Process

The applications process is coordinated by Wigan Council's School Places Team. Applications for a Reception place must be made through the Local Authority.  Applications can be made online at​ or by completing a Wigan Council primary school application form which can be completed online or in paper format.


It is essential that parents applying for a place at Leigh St John's under criteria 3, 4, 5 or 6 also complete the SUPPLEMENTARY FORM in addition to the Wigan Council Application Form.   This helps us to determine under which criteria we must consider each applicant. All supplementary forms must be returned to us and NOT handed in at another school!


Those families who wish to be considered under Criteria 3 - children who, with their immediate families, are regular worshippers at St. Mary's the Virgin Church, Leigh Parish - should be advised that they need a written statement from Father Kevin Crinks along with their record of church attendance.  Father Kevin has set aside Saturday 9th January 2021 for families that satisfy Criteria 3 to visit the church (or church porch if lockdown restrictions are still in place) and collect their signed declaration and record of attendance sheet.


Amended Admissions Criteria and Supplementary Form 2021-2022 in light of COVID-19 restrictions

Returning Application Forms

Applications can be handed in to any Wigan Primary school and receipts will be issued by the school. These should be kept safe until letters of allocation are sent out.  However, the SUPPLEMENTARY FORM needs to be returned to Leigh St John's. 


Parents and carers are advised to ensure that application forms and supplementary forms are submitted by the specified deadline to avoid disappointment.  Any application received after the deadline will be dealt with as a late application after all other applicants have been considered.


If supplementary forms are posted to the school, it is the responsibility of the applicant to check to ensure they have been received by our office team.  





A Place is Offered!

When pupils are admitted to Leigh St. John's C.E. Primary School parents and carers will receive a 'Welcome Pack' which will contain an invitation to our 'Welcome Meeting', as well as other documents and information to be returned.  In the Summer Term prior to their child starting school, parents and carers will be invited to attend a series of fun taster sessions with their child.  Parents and carers will be notified in advance of the dates and times of these.  The taster sessions which are ​ known as BIG SCHOOL TIME are a fabulous opportunity for children to make new friends and to get to know their teachers, as well as have a jolly good time playing in their new classroom.  These visits are also a valuable opportunity for parents and carers to meet up and to establish new friendships.




Primary Mid Year Applications


The Primary Mid Year Applications process is also coordinated by Wigan Council's School Organisation Team and parents and carers wishing to apply for a school transfer for their child should complete the form below: 

Admission arrangements 2022-2023

We have proposed changes to our admission arrangements for 2022-2023.  You can have your say on our proposed changes.  Be sure to visit the Wigan Council website at –


The changes that we are proposing can be found here:


The closing date for responses is 12th January 2021.


The webpage contains the consultation documents for our school.



Contact Details:

The Wigan School Places Team 

Address: Wigan Council

               People's Diractorate: Children, Adults and Families

               School Organisation Team

               Progress House

               Westwood Park Drive


               WN3 4HH


              Phone: 01942 489013



For information regarding COVID-19 guidance, please see our new section in KEY INFORMATION. Here you will find our risk assessment for whole school opening as well as other important information. This section will be updated as new guidance becomes available. Please check back frequently to stay up to date.