Schools' admissions policies are not decided at a national level. They are set at a local level so that they can take into account the specific needs of their communities.

Barrowford St Thomas is a voluntary aided school. In Voluntary Aided schools the Governing body is the admissions authority.  As such, it is the governing body that draws up the admissions policy in consultation with Blackburn Diocese, the Lancashire Local Authority and all other admissions authorities in the area.

Admissions policies must conform to the Government's Admissions Code and have regard to the school's Trust deed.

If you have any queries about a school's specific admissions policy please begin by contacting your diocesan education office.


Admissions Policy: For September 2021


Admissions Policy 2021 - 22: variation due to COVID 19

During the COVID19 pandemic, churches and other religious buildings have been closed by law for public worship and for other uses. Since the school’s oversubscription criteria include church attendance, (at a specified frequency and period of time) parents and their children are unable to meet this criterion under the terms of our current admissions arrangements.

Due to this, a variation has been added to our policy which states the following:

“In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church [or, in relation to those of other faiths, relevant place of worship] has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these admissions arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church [or in relation to those of other faiths, relevant place of worship] or alternative premises have been available for public worship”.


Admissions Policy: For September 2022

Reception children – due to start primary school in September 2022.

The statutory closing date is 15 January 2022.

The application to be made by the closing date using this direct link

Should you need any help, support or guidance, the Pupil Access Office Contacts are listed below

 Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale


County Team



Getting Ready for Starting School 

Starting school is a big moment for children (as well as their parents and/or carers) – and it can be both an exciting and nervous time.  There is so much information to be given and absorb and lots of things to remember.  In Lancashire we want to help encourage and support families so that our children are supported to have a better start in life, to support their futures.

To help raise the importance of children being ready for school by 5, information has been made available by Lancashire County Council Public Health Team for families living in or moving into Lancashire.  This information shares ways in which parents/carers can show, support and encourage involvement and responsibility for their children being school ready.  It follows families playing out the school day together in a school setting, highlighting short messages related to the messages of communication, encouraging independence and making friends and interacting with others in a new environment.  Signposting information for families where they will be able to find out more information is also provided.

Click here to view the video and top tips leaflet: Both of which are available to be used and shared with families to help everyone get ready for school.