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Prospectus and Admissions

We are very proud of our school, our students and our community. Westhoughton High School students are a credit to themselves, their town and their families and our reputation for providing a caring environment, where learning is at the heart of everything we do, is deservedly high.

We know that this school provides an excellent educational experience and that students progress from us to the best universities in the country, including Oxford and Cambridge, or to other worthwhile futures at college, university or in employment.

We will continue to work tirelessly to provide academic challenge and opportunity for the young people of Westhoughton who deserve the best - because they are the best! We hope to welcome you to our school in the very near future.

View our Prospectus

Westhoughton High School is committed to Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of all of its students. Each student’s welfare is of paramount importance. We recognise that some children may be especially vulnerable to abuse. We recognise that children who are abused or neglected may find it difficult to develop a sense of self-worth and to view the world in a positive way. Whilst at school, their behaviour may be challenging. We recognise that some children who have experienced abuse may harm others. We will always take a considered and sensitive approach in order that we can support all of our students, making referral to outside agencies as necessary. Our safeguarding policy is in our Policies section.


Any pupil has the right to a place at any one of the schools for which Bolton Local Authority (LA) is the Admission Authority, provided that the demand for places at a school does not exceed the admission number for that school. Where demand for a school exceeds the number of places available the LA needs to allocate places based on a fair and objective method.

If a community school is oversubscribed, the criteria listed below will be applied in priority order. All applications will be considered without reference to the parents/carers preference ranking for a school (the order the school is expressed as a preference).

Children who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) will be offered places first. The following criteria will then apply:


1) Children in Public Care (Looked After Children) who are the subject of a full care order. Children in Public Care are either on care orders made by a court or accommodated by the LA at the parent's request. Children in care may live in foster homes, residential homes with relatives or continue to live at home. Also, previously looked after children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or subject to residence order or special guardianship order).

2) Other children who are considered as 'vulnerable' and whose application for the preferred school is supported by the Assistant Director for Social Care. This will include:

  • Children for whom there is a child protection plan or has been within a 12 month period
  • Children who have had a period in care within two years of the admission application and are still receiving social care services
  • Children who are considered to be at significant risk of becoming looked after by public care
  • Children who are living in temporary accommodation due to fleeing violence and rehousing has been identified.

3) Children who will have older siblings in Years 7 to 11 of the preferred school at the date of application and the date of admission. Siblings can include full, step, half, foster and adopted brothers and sisters living at the same address.

4) Children who suffer from a medical condition or disability which makes it better for them to attend that school rather than another. Places will only be offered under this criterion if the child has a certified medical condition with strong professional supporting evidence confirming that existing exceptional problems with the child's health would be seriously exacerbated if a place were not made at the preferred school. Parents applying under the criteria must provide a letter from the child's GP/Consultant setting out the reasons why the school is the most suitable school and details of the child's medical condition. Medical evidence must be submitted by 31st October. Evidence received after this date will not be taken into consideration.

5) Proximity (where you live) - shortest walking distance to the preferred school minus shortest walking line distance to the nearest/next nearest school. The nearest/next nearest school will include all community, free (free schools), voluntary-controlled, foundation and academy schools whether in the Bolton Borough or not.

In the event of a tie break situation, priority will be given to the child who has the longer journey to the nearest/next nearest school.
The shortest walking route will be that determined by the LA using only those public rights of way recognised within the measuring system. This will be measured using Routefinder a computerised mapping system which uses the ordnance survey integrated network to measure from the point on the highway nearest to the centre of the home property and the designated main entrance to the school. In the event of a tie break within a block of flats those living furthest from the communal entrance will be given priority.
Where a single place remains at a school and the application being considered is for twins for example the council will allocate above the admission number to accommodate each child.

Applications for Westhoughton High School should be made online via The closing date for all applications is 31st October. Places will be confirmed on National Offer Day 1st March.

In-Year Admissions

For parents looking to secure a place for their son/ daughter during the school year (any year group), you are kindly requested to contact Bolton Council's School Admissions team, they also co-ordinate this process for us.

Admissions Contact Details

Pupil and Student Services, Bolton Council, Paderborn House, 16 Howell Croft North, Bolton, BL1 1UA | 01204 332143 or

Admissions Appeals