-Admission Arrangements

New Reception Intake
Chaucer School offers 45 Reception places within a bespoke Early Years setting offering Nursery and Reception places.
Applications for new Reception places are via School Admissions with Lancashire County Council (please see link at the bottom of the page). Places are offered by Lancashire County Council. We cannot offer places directly to parents even if there is a sibling in school.

In Year Applications
For in-year applications (i.e. if a child is moving school) parents can contact School Admissions on 01524 581129 to check place availability. Once place availability has been confirmed an application form is generated through School Admissions, please visit the following link. Lancashire School Admissions Website

We always welcome visits to the school, regardless of status of your application via appointment through the office.

Fleetwood Chaucer Community Primary School

Postal address Chaucer Road
Telephone 01253 873795
Headteacher Mrs C Murphy
Number on roll January 2023 269
Admission number 2023/24 45

Summary of policy

This is a community school. Please see the full admission details on our the Lancashire website – admissions criteria for community and voluntary controlled primary schools.

Parents/ carers are given the opportunity to express three preferences for a primary school. Published criteria are used to decide which children should be offered the available places. In primary schools, an equal preference scheme is operated to comply with the Schools Admission Code, whereby three parental preferences are given equal status and are considered equally against the admissions criteria. If a school is oversubscribed, the following criteria will be applied in priority order:

When a school is oversubscribed on parental preferences, then the following priorities apply in order:

  1. Looked after children and those who have been previously looked after, [including those legally adopted from overseas] (please see note x below), then
  2. Children for whom the Local Authority accepts that there are exceptional medical, social or welfare reasons which are directly relevant to the school concerned (see note (i) below, then
  3. Children with older brothers and sisters attending the school when the younger child will start, (see note (iii) below), then
  4. Remaining places are allocated according to where a child lives. Those living nearest to the preferred school by a straight line (radial) measure will have priority, (see note (v) below).

If the Local Authority is unable to distinguish between applicants using the published criteria (eg. Siblings, those living the same distance from home to school, or families residing in the same block of flats) places will be offered via a random draw.

Important Dates:

The arrangements for the admission of pupils to primary schools in September 2023 will, as far as possible, conform to the following timetable.

Thursday 1 September 2023 – Apply from this date

Sunday 15 January 2024 – National closing date for primary applications (statutory).

During this period all applications are processed and all preferences are considered against the published admissions policy. Where there are more applications than places available, decisions are made as to which children should be offered the available places. We will liaise and exchange information with all other admission authorities including neighbouring local authorities. The allocation and offer of a primary school place is finalised.

Wednesday 19 April 2024 – Offers issued to parents*

(The national offer date is 16 April 2022, if this date falls on a weekend or a bank holiday, offers are sent the next working day.)

Friday 28 April 2024 – Deadline for requesting:

Week commencing 1 May 2024 – Distribute appeal forms to parents

Friday 12 May 2024 – Appeal deadline for community and voluntary controlled schools**

1st round of hearings.

Details of both new Reception places and in-year admissions can be found on the following link:

Lancashire School Admissions

For information on appeals please follow the link below: