Making the move from primary to secondary school

We host open days and opening evenings during September and October.

Parents and prospective students in Year 6 are invited to come and see the school and meet the staff. There’s also the chance to enjoy a range of activities and a presentation from our headteacher.

All parents and carers are welcome to visit the school at other times and you can do this by making an appointment by calling 01942 909009.

Admissions into Year 7 are decided and processed by Wigan Council Local Authority. This usually takes place during the final year at Primary school, forms are sent for parents to complete and state their preference for Secondary Education. Parents should contact the Local Authority to find out about the school’s admission arrangements by clicking here.

Parents who have applied for a Year 7 place can collect their offer. Once you have collected your offer, you will need to accept or decline the place. After accepting your school place you can apply for transport.

The Local Authority also manages the School’s appeal arrangements. Further details can be found by clicking here.

Our admission criteria is as follows:
Where the school receives more applications than places available, the following oversubscription criteria will be applied once places have first been allocated to pupils who have a statement of special educational needs or education health and care plan which names the school:

1. Looked after children and previously looked after children.

Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order). Applications for previously looked after children must be supported with appropriate evidence i.e. a copy of the adoption order, residence order or special guardianship order.

2. Children who appear to the Local Authority to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care because they were adopted.

A child is regarded as having been in state care in a place outside of England if they were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation or any other provider of care whose sole purpose is to benefit society. Applications must be supported with appropriate evidence that the child have been adopted from state care.

3. Children whose older brother or sister attends the school and will still be there at the time of admission.

4. Children living in Atherton, Leigh, Astley, Tyldesley and Mosley Common

5. Other children living nearest to the school

Mid Year or Late Applications

If you would like to apply for a place at Bedford High School mid-year please contact the Local Authority in the first instance. Telephone 01942 489013.

You will need to download, print and complete the application form available from the link below. There are two stages to the application process, you need to fully complete all sections of the form prior to returning it to prevent delay. Incomplete forms may be returned for completion. A printed copy of the form can also be posted to you by contacting Wigan Council on 01942 489013 or by submitting your details through this web form (you should include your name, child/children’s names, child/children’s dates of birth and the full postal address you would like us to send the form to).You must complete and submit a separate form for each child.

If you have missed the deadline for applications or would like to amend your first preference for Year 7, please complete the late applications form via Wigan council – available here.