Admissions 2023/24

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 2023 is via Rochdale Borough Council at Apply for a secondary school place (

The closing date for all applications is Monday 31 October 2022 in the year prior to starting secondary school.

National offer day is Wednesday 1 March 2023.

For further information about our admissions arrangement for Yr. 7 entry in September 2023/24 please see the full Admissions Policy:

Admissions Policy 2023-24

The admissions policy for the previous year (2022/23 can be found here)

Admissions Policy 2022-23

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.


To celebrate Interfaith Week pupils had interesting assemblies delivered from three different religious perspectives. They also had a scavenger hunt in the library (with a few tasty treats) and foods related to religions on the menu at lunch time!
@EdgarWoodAc - November 24
U13 Basketball Team competed in the U14 Rochdale Schools District Tournament last week. They finished the night with 1 W, 1D and 2 L. A very good set of results given the fact they are playing up an age group. Next tournament for them is on the 30/11/2022, good luck!
@EdgarWoodAc - November 23
Lovely wreath made in todays Arts & Crafts enrichment
@EdgarWoodAc - November 22
First week of practical at has gone incredibly well. Every student has reached exceeded my expectations. I am very proud of what they have achieved so far. 👍👍👍 On to the final day!
@EdgarWoodAc - November 11
Subject specific books are now available at the library! Our first Technology based book on the shelf is the classic "Cradle to cradle" by the chemist Michael Braungart and the architect William McDonough. Hard hitting stuff. A must read for future designers.
@EdgarWoodAc - November 11
**GEOGRAPHY COMPETITION** - Deadline is Monday 5th December To enter students should take a photograph/draw/paint an image of human, physical and/or environmental geography. Entries should be posted on either teams or deliver to room 02.09
@EdgarWoodAc - November 10
Congratulations to the Year 7 boys indoor football team, coming 4th in Rochdale at last night finals held at our very own Edgar Wood Academy!
@EdgarWoodAc - November 10
Last week our Year 7s were treated to an exceptional performance from Rochdale Music Service! This was to enthuse and inspire our students to learn a musical instrument. All the information needed is in letters that were given out after the performances and presentations.
@EdgarWoodAc - November 8
Hollin Children’s Centre has a new 5-week course with the Money Advice Service. It highlights ways of helping you save money and how to support your child to develop positive money habits.
@EdgarWoodAc - November 7
Great turn out for extra-curricular basketball last night. Take a look at our extra-curricular timetable for other sporting opportunities!
@EdgarWoodAc - November 4
What an amazing start to Food Technology practicals it has been for Year 7 students at . Moroccan deli-style couscous, focussing on knife skills. Well done all! 1/3
@EdgarWoodAc - November 4
Year 8 have created some excellent pieces of homework in English! Students were invited to read articles from the Bristish Library centered upon: the origins of the gothic, feminism & sci-fi plus influences behind the novel Frankenstein! What amazing work!
@EdgarWoodAc - October 21
Last week, Edgar Wood Library commenced a series of spooky readings - this will continue this week with special guest appearances from Frankenstein & The Witches from Macbeth! Last Thursday, Mrs. Gaughan-Pollard read a terrifying extract from Dracula.
@EdgarWoodAc - October 17
Lunch time here at Edgar Wood! Delicious & nutritious hot meals and sandwiches, as well as a huge choice of desserts. Our student's wellbeing is at the heart of all we do, and lunchtime is a time to refuel and replenish with friends!
@EdgarWoodAc - October 13
We are proud to offer our students a broad and balanced curriculum and this year our curriculum has expanded with our facilities! Technology is one of our new subjects and here are some amazing examples of student work!
@EdgarWoodAc - October 12
The end of our first year in temporary accommodation and the start of our second year in our new building! Having brand new facilities is wonderful - but it is the people, staff and students, that makes our school community a happy and successful place!
@EdgarWoodAc - October 7