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Reception & Nursery school tours at Hoddlesden St Paul's CE Primary School

For those wanting to join our school family from September 2024, we are pleased to welcome prospective Nursery and Reception parents to visit the school as we return to face-to-face tours.

We are hosting a number of sessions during the Autumn and Spring term and invite prospective parents to book a place for one of the dates below. Bookings open on Monday 4th September 2023 and will need booking via Please indicate if you wish to take part in the 10am or 1.30pm tour times.

Open Days

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For in-year admissions, families are invited to visit us once a formal offer of a place has been made by the LA. Tours are not conducted at any other time of the Year.

If you're unable to visit us on one of the scheduled tour dates or would like to look at our Nursery and Reception, you can watch our welcome video and virtual tour on the school websites landing page.

Primary School Admission 

Do you have a child who will turn 5 between 1st September 2023 and 31st August 2024?


If so, s/he can start school in September 2024. Applications for next academic year open from 4th September 2023 and close on the 15th January 2024 for children starting school next year-September 2024/25..
The Local Authority would prefer families to make online applications. You can apply online at any time after the 5th September.
A limited number of paper copies of the admissions booklet are available from the school office.
The closing date is 15th January 2024. If you need any help or advice you can contact:
Admission Team
10 Duke Street
BB2 1DH  
You will receive an offer of a school place on the 16th April 2024.

2024 School Admission Round – Key Dates





Admission round opens:

4 September 2023

4 September 2023

Admission round closing date:
Including all supporting evidence (medical, social, welfare need / Baptism)

31 October 2023

15 January 2024

Data sharing with other LAs:



LA to provide AAs with details of children who have indicated their school as a preference (on-time applications):

28 November 2023

26 January 2024

Local Authority medical, social, welfare need Panel:

13 December 2023

7 February 2024

School cut-off date for criteria to be inputted on SAM (on-time applications).

15 December 2023

23 February 2024

LA will check and consider all preferences and allocate school offers:

2 January 2024 till 2 February 2024

26 February 2024 till 22 March 2024

Change of preference/late online applications cut-off date (exceptional circumstances accepted as on-time applications – to be confirmed by AA):

26 January 2024

11 March 2024

National offer day:

1 March 2024

16  April 2024

Parental acceptance deadline:

14 March 2024

29 April 2024

Closing date for appeals (to be heard on-time):

29 March 2024

17 May 2024



Joining from another local school or moving into the area 

We admit 30 children into each age group.


Some children join St. Paul's from other schools and this is known as an 'in-year' admissions. 


Current vacancies


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Vacancies 000102
Number on roll/PAN  30/30  30/30  30/30  29/30  32/30  30/30  30/30  

Last updated: 9th February 2024


In-year admissions are managed centrally by BWD Council and are based on the current admission criteria for community schools.  Steps to joining St Paul's:


  1. Contact the school admissions team.
  2. Once you have been notified by the Council of a place at St. Paul's for your child(ren), make arrangements to visit us.  Contact us at School by telephone to arrange a tour. 
  3. A member of the Senior Leadership Team or Head teacher will meet you and your child(ren) to tour the school and answer any questions that you may have.

Parish Boundary




1 September 2023

Online application system goes live and requests for paper forms / booklets accepted and considered

Sunday 15 January 2024

Closing date for applications (statutory)

20 January 2024

Primary schools / academies to forward any paper applications to Area Pupil Access Teams

27 January 2024

Preferences information exchange with other Local Authorities

3 February 2024

Information to be exchanged with Own Admission Authority Schools

10 February 2024

Admission authority to confirm intention to exceed PAN with the LA

28 February 2024

No further address changes can be accepted.

17 March 2024

Prioritised (ranked) lists back to the Local Authority

24 March 2024

Further exchange of lists with other admission authorities

31 March 2024

No changes at all can be made to offer letters after this date

16 April 2024

Issue finalised offer lists to primary schools / academies

16 April 2024

Issue offer letters/emails. (statutory date or next working day)

Wanting to leave Hoddlesden St. Paul's Form

Start children off on the way they should go and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
- Proverbs 22:6