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Werneth Primary School

Admissions Consultation 2025/26



The Pinnacle Learning Trust Board is currently determining proposed admission arrangements for Werneth Primary School for admission in September 2025.

The School Admissions Code requires us to consult on our academy admission arrangements where there have been any proposed changes or where there has been no consultation for seven years.

Werneth Primary School’s admissions policy has been amended to reflect that priority for admission will be given to children who attend their nursery provision.

In addition, although Werneth Primary School’s policy already prioritises the admission of children of members of staff, the wording of this criterion has been amended slightly.

The proposed over subscription criteria are detailed below.

Criterion 1  

Children who are looked after, i.e. in public care, giving priority, if necessary, to the youngest child(ren) and  children who were previously looked after, including those who appear to the Admissions Authority to have been in state care outside England and ceased to be in state care having been adopted will be given the highest priority for admission.  Evidence of the previously looked after status and/or the adoption will be requested. 

Criterion 2  

Those children who are considered to have exceptional medical or social reasons as to why they should attend  a particular school. Parents will be required to submit evidence to support their application under this criterion.

Criterion 3 

Children who attend Werneth’s nursery provision, who already have a sibling attending the school and who will be attending when the younger child starts in Reception. 

Criterion 4  

Children who attend Werneth’s nursery provision who do not already have a sibling attending the school at the time of admission.

Criterion 5 

Children who already have a sibling at the school and who will still be attending when the younger child starts in Reception. 

Criterion 6

Children of staff employed at Werneth Primary School who permanently reside with that member of staff. That member of staff must have been employed for a minimum of two years at the time of application or have been recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skills shortage.

Criterion 7

Children living in closest geographical proximity to school, with those families living next nearest to the school having higher priority. 

Distance Tie-breaker  

Within each criterion, if there is oversubscription, remaining places will be allocated according to distance. 

The Pinnacle Learning Trust Board has agreed to the draft criteria, subject to formal consultation.

The period of formal consultation opens on Monday 30th October 2023 and ends on Monday 11th December 2023. After this period, the Trust Board will consider any consultation responses and determine the final admission arrangements which will then be published on the academy website by 28th February 2024.

The Trust Board would welcome responses to the proposed policies from local parents, local community members, relevant bodies and admission authorities.

A copy of the proposed admissions policy is available here:

Alternatively, a hard copy of the policy can be requested from the school via email; info@wernethprimary.org.uk

If you wish to comment on any of the proposed admission arrangements, please send your response in writing for the attention of Danielle Hunt to danielle.hunt@pinnacle.lt.ac.uk

or alternatively to our registered office address:

The Pinnacle Learning Trust

C/O The Oldham Sixth Form College

Union Street West



Comments should be received no later than 3pm on Monday 11th December 2023.

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.