St Columba's RC Primary School

We are Companions on a Journey

Ripley Street, Bolton, Lancashire BL2 3AR

0120 4333421

Admission to school

We have an admission policy at St Columba's which is below. When applying for a place for your child in school in either Nursery, Reception or further up the school the Admission Criteria will be followed to see if your child is eligible for a place. We do follow the priorities set out in our Admission Policy for children on any waiting list , should a place become available.

The Admission Criteria is as follows but a more detailed explanation is in the Policy below


Applying to Reception Class

When applying for a place in the Reception class for the following September please visit the link below. This application form needs to be completed and returned to Bolton Local Authority by 15th January 2022


Applying to Nursery

We have a 52 place Nursery at St Columba's, when applying for a Nursery place please fill in the form below and return to school.

Applying for a place in school in classes Year 1 to Year 6 or to Reception class after the start of term

Our school admission number is 30. This means we have 30 children in each class; we are not allowed by law to go over this number in Early Years or KS1. We also stick to this number in KS2 . You will need to contact Pupil and Student Services at Bolton Council to go on a waiting list if there are more than 30 children already in the class. If a place does become available Bolton Council will let school know who is on the waiting list and we will send out a letter offering places inline with our Admission Criteria.  

(See our Admission Criteria above)

If you wish to apply please follow the link below and fill in the form also reading the guidance document. If you are already resident in Bolton you also need to fill in part 2. This then needs to be sent back to Pupil and Student Services at Bolton Council.

 To help us with our records could you also fill in the form below (Year 1-6) and return to school.

For admission forms to Nursery, please click on the links below.

Nursery admission form

When applying for a school place you should initially apply to Pupil and Student Services above but we would also like you to fill in this application for as well and return it to school for our records

School admission form (Years 1-6)

For additional information :

If you follow this link it gives details on how to apply for a place at any school within Bolton Local Authority.



Each October we hold an open evening, usually held at the end of the school day so that we can show prospective new parents around school. We are also available to discuss anything else that you need to ask after you have been to school to look around.

If you look at the home page there is a tour of the school by Miss McCann our Reception teacher and a message from Fr Alf our parish priest.

Once again if you wish to ask any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

International New Arrivals 

If you are new to our country and you wish to apply for a school place, you need to contact Bolton Council - Pupil and Student services for a place.

A group called ACIS or Achievement Cohesion and Integration Service can help. They can be contacted below

ACIS International
Family Centre
Shepherd Cross Street

01204 338055

More information can be found by clicking on the link below.