Admissions and Transition

The Olive Tree Primary School is a popular and over-subscribed school!

Current Admissions Policy >

Admission Policy Consultation.

In order to fulfil our legal requirements, we are required to consult widely on our admission policy every 7 years, even if there are no changes. Although we have not proposed any specific changes to our existing admissions criteria, the policy has been updated to include a section on 'Summer-born' children. Our proposed admission policy can be found here. In line with the Schools Admissions Code, we will fulfil the minimum six-week period of consultation by enabling the consultation to run from 14th December 2020 to 31st January 2021.

Any comments, queries or suggestions about the policy should be addressed to the 'Chair of the Board of Trustees, Mr Abdul Chohan', via 'The clerk to the Trustees' using the following email address:

Making an Application for Admission.

Bolton residents who have registered their child’s details with Bolton Council will be sent an admissions information pack at the end of September. You must wait for this pack before applying as it contains your child’s unique reference number which will enable an on line application to be made.

If you have a child with a date of birth between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 (inclusive) and you have not registered their details you must contact Pupil and Student Services on 01204 332143 / 332137 immediately.

The closing date for all applications is 15 January 2021.  If you apply after 15 January 2021 your application will be late and this may affect your outcome.

If you applied online you will receive your offer by email on 16 April 2021.  You will also receive an offer letter by post.  If Bolton Council has not been able to offer you your preferred school you will also receive an appeal form. If you have completed a paper preference form your offer letter will be posted on 16 April 2020.  If Bolton Council has not been able to offer you your preferred school you will also receive an appeal form.

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Admission Criteria 2020.

The ‘Admission to Primary School’ booklet provides information to parents/carers regarding the admission criteria for each primary school. The booklet is available for you to view/download by clicking the relevant link below. As the school is an islamic ethos school, up to 30 places will be awarded as a priority to those children who meet the schools published faith criteria. Parents seeking admission under the faith criteria must also complete the schools supplementary form and return it to the school.

Supplementary Information Form >

Special Educational Needs.

If your child is undergoing a Statutory Assessment you will still need to complete an application for admission. For further advice contact the Inclusion and Statutory Assessment Service on 01204 332207.


If you are not happy with the place you are offered by the Local Authority you can appeal. If you wish to appeal please follow the link in your offer email. Changes cannot now be made to your application for a school place, however, you may apply again in August as an in year application. Any new application forms received will cancel any application received previously.

Bolton Council Appeals >

Applying Online.

It is recommended that you read the admissions guidance notes document to help with the online process. You may access Bolton Council’s on-line admissions system.

Secondary School Admissions.

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Admissions are co-ordinated by Bolton Council, Pupil and Student Service. Please contact Bolton Council to find out about our admission arrangements. You can contact them on 01204 332143.

Bolton Council >

Please feel free to contact us here at The Olive Tree Primary  School if you have any further specific questions relating to our school.

During the Autumn term of each academic year, secondary schools hold open days for families to visit in preparation for their child's high school application choices.

Secondary School Booklet >