Thornton Primary School

Thornton Primary School

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Admissions to the School

To apply for a place at Thornton Primary School for Reception 2023, for in year admissions or to find out more about school admissions go to:


Many primary schools in Lancashire can accept all who wish to attend, but if the school is oversubscribed, the following criteria is used:


1. Children looked after by the local authority at the time when preferences are expressed and who are still looked after by the local authority at the time of their admission to school

2. Children for whom the Local Authority accepts that there are exceptional medical social or welfare reasons which are directly relevant to the school concerned

3. Children with older brothers and sisters attending the school when the younger child will start

4. Remaining places are allocated according to where a child lives. Those living nearest to the preferred school by a walking route recognised by the Local Authority will have priority.


Our admission number for the the academic year 2023-2024 is 20 children from Reception to Year 6.


Our admission number for Pre-School is up to 10 children per session each day. When allocating places, we follow the same criteria as set out above for children in Reception to Year 6, however, school handles all enquiries and the allocating of places.


Often, we will organise a taster session for your child first so that we can assess whether or not a place in our Pre-School is best for them and the children we already attend. Places are then offered at the discretion of the Headteacher and may be withdrawn if we feel as though a place in our Pre-School is not appropriate for your child.


Education Offices:


Area Education Office
P.O. Box 607
White Cross Education Centre
Quarry Road


Tel: 01524 581148