Admissions 2022/23

Introductory Statement

Edgar Wood Academy is an 11-16, non-denominational and co-educational school with 6 forms of entry to meet the local need for new school places and support the local authority to meet its statutory duty to provide a school place for every child. This policy reflects the aim of the Altus Education Partnership (AEP) to build a sense of pride in the academy, in the community and in Britain. This aim is reflected in the academy’s admissions policy which ensures that the academy is fully representative of the local community.

Admission Number(s)

The school has an admission number of 180 for entry in year 7.

Admissions for September 2022 is via Rochdale Borough Council at Apply for a secondary school place (

The closing date for all applications is Monday 1 November 2021 in the year prior to starting secondary school.

National offer day is Tuesday 1 March 2022.

For further information about our admissions arrangement for Yr. 7 entry in September 2022/23 please see the full Admissions Policy:

Admissions Policy

Oversubscription Criteria

When the school is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care plan naming the school, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:

  1. Looked after children and children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order.[1] 
  2. Priority will next be given to children based on their exceptional medical or social needs. Each application must include evidence, from a medical specialist or social worker of the child’s need and why they must attend this school rather than any other, based on those needs. If evidence is not submitted to the school with the application, a child’s medical or social needs cannot be considered.[2]
  3. Priority will next be given to the siblings of pupils attending the school at the time the application is received where an older sibling is in Year 11 siblings will not be prioritised under this criterion.[3] 
  4. Priority will next be given to children eligible for the service premium.[4]
  5. Priority will next be given to the children of staff who have been recruited to fill a skill- shortage area.
  6. Priority will then be given to other children living nearest the school. Distance will be measured using the shortest suitable walking route from the front door of the child’s home address (including flats) to the front gates of the permanent school, using GPS coordinates of the property from the Ordnance Survey AddressBase database.[5]


If in categories 2-6 above a tie-break is necessary to determine which child is admitted, the child living closest to the school will be given priority for admission. Distance is measured using the AddressBase system stated in the criteria section above.

Random allocation will be used as a tie-break to decide who has highest priority for admission if the distance between a child’s home and the academy is equidistant in any individual case. Random allocation will not be applied to multiple birth siblings (twins and triplets etc.) from the same family tied for the final place. We will admit them all and exceed our PAN.

Late Applications

All applications received by the school after the deadline will be considered to be late applications. Late applications will be considered after those received on time. If, following consideration of all applicants the school is oversubscribed, parents may request that their child is placed on the school’s waiting list.

Admission of Children Outside Their Normal Age Group

Parents may request that their child is admitted outside their normal age group. To do so parents should include a request with their application, specifying why admission out of normal year group is being requested.

When such a request is made, the academy trust will make a decision on the basis of the circumstances of the case and in the best interests of the child concerned, taking into account the views of the headteacher and any supporting evidence provided by the parent.

Waiting Lists

The school will operate a waiting list for each year group. Where the school receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate until the 31st December. This will be maintained by the Academy Trust and it will be open to any parent to ask for his or her child’s name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application.

Children’s position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. Where places become vacant, they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. The waiting list will be reordered in accordance with the oversubscription criteria whenever anyone is added to or leaves the waiting list.


All applicants refused a place have a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel constituted and operated in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code.

School Admissions Appeal Timetable 2022Appellants should contact RMBC School Admissions Team at the following address:

RMBC School Admissions Team
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
OL16 1XU

Tel: 0300 303 0340

RMBC Legal Services Team
School Admissions Appeals
Number One Riverside
Floor 2
Smith Street
OL16 1XU

Tel: (01706) 921356

This appeal must be made in writing to Rochdale Local Authority Legal Services Team within 20 school days of notification of refusal. The date of notification of the appeal date will be shared with you and a decision following the appeal should be advised within two working days after posting by first class post.

The decision of the appeals panel is binding on all parties.


1. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).

2. ‘Social need’ does not include a parent’s wish that a child attends the school because of a child’s aptitude or ability or because their friends attend the school. ‘Medical need’ does not include mild medical conditions.

3. ‘Sibling’ means a natural brother or sister, a half brother or sister, a legally adopted brother or sister or half-brother or sister, a stepbrother or sister or other child living in the same household as part of the same family who, in any of these cases, will be living at the same address at the date of their application for a place. No sibling priority is given to cousins, regardless of their address.

4. Children are eligible if:

• one of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces (including pupils with a parent who is on full commitment as part of the full-time reserve service)

• they have been registered as a ‘service child’ on the January school census at any point since 2016

• one of their parents died whilst serving in the armed forces and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pensions Scheme. Children have to be flagged as service children ahead of the January school census deadline. Service parents need to make the school aware of their status by talking to the Headteacher or school admin staff.

5.  Shortest suitable walking distances are calculated using the address supplied on your Local Authority admission form which must be the child’s permanent place of residence. No other address will be used in this calculation. From the provided address we obtain the GPS coordinates of the property from the Ordnance Survey AddressBase database. Using these coordinates, we obtain the distance of the shortest suitable walking route to the front gates of the Academy to 3 decimal places using Google Maps APL. If for any reason, there is a significant difference in the distance between your property’s GPS coordinates and the Google Maps start point, then the Academy will check the reason for this discrepancy and deal with it accordingly and fairly. The Academy does not recognise any cut-through or shortcut not mapped by Google Maps.

The home address is where a child normally lives. Where a child lives with parents with shared parental responsibility, each for part of a week, the address where the child lives is determined using a joint declaration from the parents stating the pattern of residence. If a child’s residence is split equally between both parents, then parents will be asked to determine which residential address should be used for the purpose of admission to school. If no joint declaration is received where the residence is split equally by the closing date for applications, the home address will be taken as the address where the child is registered with the doctor. If the residence is not split equally between both parents, then the address used will be the address where the child spends the majority of the school week.


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@EdgarWoodAc - September 18
What a fantastic last few weeks of term! Our first Rochdale District Athletics Championships with medals in shotput, 400m & high jump! Get Outdoors club exploring Hopwood Woods with a talk from Mike Cummings. A wonderful Year 6 transition day with our Junior Leaders supporting!
@EdgarWoodAc - July 15
Pupils participating in our 'Get Outdoors' enrichment. They have been busy planting radishes, sweet peas and doing cuttings to take home! In 2 weeks they’re going round Hopwood Woods, then they’re off to the animal farm at the college!
@EdgarWoodAc - June 7
Today our students were treated to a street dance workshop! Thank you to Kaireen from P.A.V.E Dance, who led our students in a street routine. We were super impressed with with all of the students' efforts and creativity!
@EdgarWoodAc - May 26
Our inaugural Junior Leadership Team! Congratulations to our successful candidates - it was a close race across all forms! A huge well done again to all our candidates, who demonstrated courage, bravery and confidence.
@EdgarWoodAc - May 18
Today our students go to the polls! 33 students have completed their campaign run; delivering speeches and declaring their manifestos. Today we vote for our Junior Leadership Team! Miss Pollard is incredibly proud of our students hard work!
@EdgarWoodAc - May 10
Edgar Wood Academy would like to wish all those celebrating, a Happy Eid Mubarak!
@EdgarWoodAc - May 3
To coincide with the end of Ramadan and in the spirit of supporting our local community - we are collecting for our local food bank! Tins, dried foods and new toiletries are welcome donations. If you would like to donate please bring your item in by Friday 29/4/22. Thank you!
@EdgarWoodAc - April 26
Our Junior Leadership Team launches today! Pupils will be delivering their manifestos to their peers next week. Election day is the 10th May!
@EdgarWoodAc - April 25
Thank you to all parents who attended our Personal Development Focus Group last week. It was great to talk to you about what you want for your child’s future and our role in that!
@EdgarWoodAc - April 8
Last week our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors attended a 3-hour training session provided by ‘The Diane Award’. They have shown a great eagerness to tackle any form of bullying within school. Mr Francis with just 3 of our many ambassadors!
@EdgarWoodAc - March 25
A big thank you to for two wonderful music sessions. Our students had the opportunity to play both brass and woodwind instruments! A fantastic morning exploring our musical creativity.
@EdgarWoodAc - March 21