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Joining Our School

Apply now for a Reception place for September 2023


St John's CE Church of England School provides primary education, serving a number of communities across West Lancashire. Located in a beautiful village of Burscough, we are delighted to admit 30 children each year. 

We are a one-form entry school with seven single-aged classes of up to 30 pupils, organised as follows:


Foundation Stage / Key Stage 1:



Year 1

Year 2


Key Stage 2:


Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6


Visits to our school are warmly welcomed - please phone 01704 893323 to book an appointment.


When to apply for a school place


The age your child will start school depends when their birthday is. Children can start school from the September after their fourth birthday. 
These are the dates that children would usually start school and when to apply for a school place:


Child born betweenStarts primary school     Apply between
1 Sept 2018 - 31 Aug 2019       Sept 2023Sept 2022 - Jan 2023
1 Sept 2019 - 31 Aug 2020Sept 2024Sept 2023 - Jan 2024
1 Sept 2020 - 31 Aug 2021Sept 2025Sept 2024 - Jan 2025
1 Sept 2021 - 31 Aug 2022Sept 2026Sept 2025 - Jan 2026


How to apply for a school place


If you are applying for a school place for your child who is due to start in Reception you are required to apply online using the Lancashire County Council website.


The deadline for applications for a primary school place in September 2023 is 15th January 2023.


In Year Admissions


The school's in year admissions will be administered by the governing body of the school.


If you are new to the area, or want to request a transfer to St Johns, you may contact us directly to find out if a place is available for your child. 


If we do not have any places available, you can request that your child is put on the waiting list. 


The start date for children moving during the school year will be agreed with parents. Children will continue to attend their existing school until that date.


Appeals (In Year Admissions)


If an in year admissions application is rejected, parents may appeal this decision.


When a decision is given, a copy of the appeals form will be given to parents (along with information about how they can make an appeal).


Admissions Arrangements


If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admissions arrangements by following the link below.