Hathershaw College

Admission Arrangements

Admission Arrangements


Section 1 – General Principles

The Hathershaw College is a 11-16 mixed comprehensive school in the town of Oldham. The College is a member of The Pinnacle Learning Trust, with all phases of education represented within it, from primary school to post 16 study.

The Hathershaw College is also a member of West Oldham Trust, working with partner primaries Broadfield, Holy Rosary and St Martin’s.

The main principle of admission to The Hathershaw College is to maintain its character as a comprehensive school, providing for the needs of young people within the 11-16 age range who live in Oldham.

Admission to The Hathershaw College is not dependent on any ‘voluntary’ contribution.

Students will be admitted at the age of 11+ without reference to ability or aptitude using the criteria below. The pupil admission number for September 2021 will be 210.

The College participates in the Local Authority coordinated scheme, all deadlines within which should be adhered to by applicants. To apply for a place in Year 7, visit https://www.oldham.gov.uk/admissions.

Any in-year transfers (IYT) can apply by contacting dhu@hathershaw.org.uk for an application form.

As required by the regulations of the Admissions Code December 2014, the College will give top priority to applications on behalf of looked after children and previously looked after children. This has also been extended in the Admissions Code September 2021 to include children who appear to the Admissions Authority to have been in state care outside England and ceased to be in state care having been adopted.


Section 2 – Oversubscription

All schools are required by section 324 of the Education Act 1996 to admit to the school a child with a statement of special educational need that names the school. This is not an oversubscription criterion and all children with statements naming the school or those with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) that names the school will be admitted before other children are offered places.

For all other applications the following criteria will be applied to prioritise children for admission:

1.    Children who are looked after (LAC) by a Local Authority within the meaning of Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989 at the time of their application, and all ‘previously looked after’ children (PLAC) including those who appear to the Admissions Authority to have been in state care outside England (IApLAC) and ceased to be in state care having been adopted. Evidence of the previously looked after status and/or the adoption will be requested.

2. Children applying from one of our named partner primary schools in The Pinnacle Learning Trust and who have a sibling attending The Hathershaw College at the time of application, with a reasonable expectation that the sibling will be attending the College at the start of the new academic year. 

3. Children applying from our named partner primary schools in The Pinnacle Learning Trust

4. Children with a sibling attending The Hathershaw College at the time of application and with a reasonable expectation that they will be attending at the start of the new academic year

5. Children applying from one of our named partner primary schools in West Oldham Trust.

6. Children living in closest geographical proximity to the school.



In the event of oversubscription in any category above priority will be determined by a straight-line distance measurement of the child’s home to The Hathershaw College based on post codes. Apartments in the same block will be treated equally.

If there are more applications than places available from the block furthest away a further tie-breaker of Random Allocation will be used for the applications from this block, which would be supervised by someone independent of the College.


Section 3 - Definitions and Details


Looked after children

Looked after children (LAC) are children who, at the time of making an application to a school, are:

  • In the care of a local authority, or
  • Being provided with accommodation by a local authority in exercise of its social services functions

Previously looked after children (pLAC) are children who were looked after by a Local Authority in England, but ceased to be so because they:

  • Were adopted under the Adoption Act 1976 or the Adoption and Children Act 2002, or
  • Became subject to a child arrangement order, (the child arrangement order must address the residence of the child), or
  • Became subject to a special guardianship order

Children who appear to this Admission Authority to have been in state care outside England and ceased to be in state care after being adopted (internationally adopted previously looked after children (IAPLAC)

  • The new Admission Code 2021 regards a child as having been in state care outside England if they were in the care of or were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation, or any other provider of care whose sole or main purpose is to benefit society.

Pinnacle Learning Trust Primary Schools

Through our Multi-Academy Trust, we have strong links through a shared mission, vision and values. This supports a range of activities including the delivery of aspects of the curriculum and school improvement work with our partner school below:

  • Werneth Primary School


Partner Primary Schools

Through West Oldham Trust we have strong curriculum, sporting and community links with our partners as shown below:

  • Broadfield
  • Holy Rosary
  • St Martin’s



By ‘sibling’ we mean:

  • Children living at the same address who have one or both natural parents in common
  • Children living at the same address with common adoptive parent or parents
  • Children at the same address who are related by parent’s marriage
  • Children at the same address whose parents are living as partners at this address
  • Children of multiple birth who may or may not be residing at the same address


NB: we do not include ‘cousins’ within our definition of ‘sibling’


Home Address

Proof of residence will be required by the coordinating scheme. The offer of a place may be withdrawn if proof of residency is not met.

Where a child lives part of the week with one parent and part with another member of the family the ‘home address’ will be considered to be the residence where the child spends at least three nights of the school week.

Distance from home to school will be measured in a straight line between the home postcode and the school postcode by GIS software within the admission database, using Post Office and Ordnance Survey data.



Our mission is to improve the life chances of young people in Oldham and the local area. In order to achieve this, we are committed to continuing to raise aspirations and achievement across all our academies through the development of outstanding practice based upon partnership.


Waiting Lists

Under the co-ordinated scheme the LA will maintain a waiting list until the 31st December. The school will continue to maintain a waiting list for subsequent terms. Applications for inclusion on a waiting list must be made on the appropriate form, available from school, and will be ranked according to the oversubscription criteria as described above. We have to admit any student of a ‘direction’ by the LA or allocated to us according to the local Fair Access Protocol.


In-Year Admissions

You can apply for a place for your child at any time outside the normal admissions round. As is the case in the normal admissions round, all children whose statement of SEN or EHC Plan names the school will be admitted. 

Likewise, if there are spaces available in the year group you are applying for, your child will always be offered a place.

If there are no places available at the time of your application, your child’s name will be added to a waiting list for the relevant year group. When a space becomes available it will be filled by one of the pupils on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria listed in section 2 of this policy. Priority will not be given to children on the basis that they have been on the waiting list the longest.

 Applications for in-year admissions should be sent directly to the school.


Admission out of Normal Age Group

Places will normally be offered in the year group according to the child’s date of birth but a parent may submit an application for a year group other than the child’s chronological year group. A decision will be made on the basis of the circumstances of each case and in the best interests of the child concerned. This will include taking account of the parents’ views; information about the child’s academic, social and emotional development; where relevant, their medical history and the views of a medical professional; whether they have previously been educated out of their normal age group; and whether they may naturally have fallen into a lower age group if it were not for being born prematurely. The School will also take into account the views of the Principal. 

Parents wanting to make such a request should set this out in writing, along with any evidence to support the application, to the School. Parents are encouraged to do this ahead of the relevant closing date for applications, or for in-year admissions, in advance of any application for a place. This will then be considered by the School with the decision communicated.


Independent Appeal Panel Procedure

All parents have the right to appeal against the refusal of a school place by submitting an appeal to the Independent Appeal Panel. If parents wish to appeal they can do so by completing a School Admission Appeal Form, available from and returnable to Constitutional Services. A decision by an Admission Appeal Panel is binding on the council, school governors and parents.


This legislation applies to The Hathershaw College Academy Trust via its funding agreements


Applications from Overseas Children

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