Admission Arrangements

We are delighted you are considering applying for a place at Essa Academy for your child.

Admissions to Year 7

The Essa Foundation Academies Trust is the admissions authority for Essa Academy: Bolton MBC coordinates admission applications on behalf of the Trust.

Full details of the application process and online application forms are available for downloading from Bolton MBC. at

A copy of EFAT’s admissions policy for Essa Academy and full details of our oversubscription criteria can be downloaded here.

In brief EFAT’s admissions policy for Essa Academy and over-subscription criteria are:

  • All children will be admitted if there are sufficient places available.

  • Children with a statement of special educational need or an Educational Health Care plan, naming Essa Academy will be admitted.

  • If there are insufficient places available, priority will be given to:

    • Looked after children (children in public care), or those who have been

    • Other children deemed vulnerable

    • Children with a sibling attending Essa Primary Academy or Essa Academy

    • Children with a proven medical or social need

    • Children who live nearest to Essa Academy

    • Tie breaker - geographical proximity to Essa Academy

The number of places available in each year group at Essa Academy is currently 180.

Arrangements, and the timetable, for normal time admission to Essa Academy i.e. admissions to Year 7 in September 2021 are:


By September 2020

Bolton MBC publishes a composite prospectus of all state funded school places in Bolton.

By 31st October 2020                  

Closing date for return of paper and online applications.


By 1st January 2021                      

Bolton MBC publishes arrangements for coordinating all admissions in Bolton.


On 1st March 2021 (or next working day)                          

Offers of places will by email or post sent out to parents/carers.

End of March 2021                      

Last date for appeals to be lodged, which will be held in the first round of appeals. Appeals lodged after this date may be heard later in June/July.


March - Autumn 2021                 

Children who have not been offered a place at their chosen school will automatically be added to the schools waiting list.

End of April/May/June 2021    

School appeals heard.



Published Admission Number


September 2020 - 210

September 2021 - 210



If you are refused a place at Essa Academy, you can submit an appeal to an independent appeals panel. Parents usually have 14 days of receipt of the letter/email to make an appeal. You will be sent an appeal form with the letter which informs you that you have not been given a place for your child. A full explanation of the appeal process will be included in the letter. You should complete and return the appeal form to Bolton Council. The Council arranges appeals for places at Essa Academy on behalf of the Trust. An appeal date will be arranged within 40 days of your appeal being lodged and you will be able to attend in person to make your case.

You can also complete the appeal form online at (
Admissions at other times

If you are new to the area or for some other reason you are seeking a place at Essa Academy at a time other than the normal application time for admission you should obtain and complete and return an In-Year Admission form to Bolton Council.

Full details and online application forms are available for downloading from Bolton MBC

Admissions outside of the normal age range

Parents may seek a place for their child outside of their normal age group, for example, if the child is gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health. Full details of the Trust’s arrangements for considering such requests are included in the admissions policy. There is no right of appeal if this is refused.