School admission forms 2020/2021

This is the present position 2020:-

There has been understandably a lot of concern from parents regarding the arrangements for school admission forms this year.  Obviously church school admissions policies are the remit of each school and their Governors. However Chris Bracegirdle as chair of the Bishop Fraser Trust MAT has sent out this helpful information regarding applications for Canon Slade and St James.


"At a meeting of Canon Slade Governing Board held on 7 July, the Chair of Governors gave an update on recording of church attendance for the purposes of school admissions.  The Bishop Fraser Trust Schools (Canon Slade, St James's Farnworth and Bolton St Katherine's Academytake the view that places of worship were open during this academic year between 1 September 2019 and 8 March 2020 and that will be the only period during the current academic year for which attendance records will be required.   The decision has to be ratified by the Regional Schools Commissioner who needs to approve a variation in admission arrangements"

Update 2021

Advice for parents with children of school age.

There is new guidance in place and we are now asked to monitor attendance (or your ‘intention’ to attend church) for school admission purposes.  Sadly, we can't fit everyone into our churches at the moment, St Thomas' Church is still closed and we have less services than normal.  We also know some of you have concerns about coming back to church.  So, we are not monitoring attendance or ‘intention’ using the usual signing in methods.  Instead, if you come to church or would ‘intend’ to come if it wasn’t for COVID-19 restrictions or concerns, please email us each week on the following dedicated email address.

Please give both your name / your child or children’s names and the church you would usually attend.  Please do NOT use any other email address to register church attendance as these will not be included.

 If, when restrictions ease, we decide on another method of recording church attendance, we will publish details of the new process.      

Thank you, Carol & Angela