Admissions and Appeals for Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy

Bishop Rawstorne is the school of choice for families who live within our foundation and named parishes, but we also take students from a broad geographical area. Students are awarded places either through faith commitment or geographical location. Once places are allocated at the start of March each year, some families choose to go on our waiting list in order to get a place or choose to go down an appeal route. We do not give priority to applications from students enrolled at particular primary schools.

Our published admission number (PAN) for 2024/2025 is 190. At the start of the academic year 2023/2024 we had 194 students on roll in Year 7.

Year 7 Admissions for 2025/2026 Intake

The national closing date for secondary applications is Tuesday 31 October 2024. Parents were notified of their allocated secondary school place on 1 March 2025. 

Please visit Lancashire County Council's admissions page for further information:


Changing Schools During the School Year

An in-year admission is the process of applying for a school place during the school year. Any applications made after the start of the autumn term will be treated as an in-year application. The in-year admission process is managed by Bishop Rawstorne and parents are required to complete the in-year application form, available below:

In-Year Application Form

In-Year Appeal Admissions Supplementary Form 2024 - 2025

School will inform parents within 15 school days if the year group that they are applying for is full or oversubscribed and school are unable to offer their child a place.  If this is the case then school will contact parents/guardians with details of the appeals process.

Where a place cannot be secured, parents will be offered a legal right of appeal to an independent appeal panel. Lancashire County Council administers the appeals process on behalf of the school. 

For further information please follow the link below:

Advice for parents and guardians on school admission appeals


Admissions Policies

For further information please follow the links below:

Admissions Policy for Year 7 Intake for the 2023/2024 Academic Year

Admissions Policy for Year 7 Intake for the 2024/2025 Academic Year

Admissions Policy for Year 7 Intake for the 2025/2026 Academic Year

2025 Intake Supplementary Form

Our Foundation and Named Parishes


Admissions Contact:

For any queries regarding admissions and appeals please contact the Mrs Prior, Admissions and Attendance Officer, via email at or via the main telephone number 01772 600349.

For further information on the transition process from primary school to Bishop Rawstorne please see our transition page.