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

For those wanting to join our school family from September 2025, we are pleased to welcome prospective 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 Wednesday 4th September 2024 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 2024 and 31st August 2025?


If so, s/he can start school in September 2025. Applications for next academic year open from 2nd September 2024 and close on the 15th January 2025 for children starting school next year-September 2025/26..
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 2025. 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 2025.

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 000101
Number on roll/PAN  30/30  30/30  30/30  29/30  32/30  30/30  29/30  

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

Summer Born Deferral Process

Parents / carers of Blackburn with Darwen (BwD) children must complete the Council’s In-Year Admission Form (IYAF) in order to apply for admission to any state-funded school within the boundary of BwD (apart from the school named above). The form is also available from:


The completed In-Year Application form should then be submitted to the ‘Fair Access’ team.


The In-Year Admission form allows parents / carers to express up to three preferences in order of preference and to state reasons for the preferences.


The Local Authority may seek further information from your child’s current school and/or from agencies involved with your child.


If you are applying for a place at an aided (faith) school, please contact the school as you may also need to complete an additional form available from the school.


If you have any queries please contact us by email at You can send your applications to us by post or email. The postal address and email address are on the forms. If you send us your application by post please make sure you pay the correct amount of postage.

In Year Admission- Application Form

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