Admission authorities are required to consult if they intend to make changes to their admission arrangements. The law states that a consultation to make changes must take place for a minimum of six weeks between 1 October and 31 January.

We are not proposing to make any changes to our admission arrangements for academic year 2020/2021 however; other schools in Warrington are proposing to make changes to their admission arrangements for pupils joining from September 2020.

The consultation period ran from 6 December 2018 until 31 January 2019.

To view the proposed arrangements, please visit the Council’s website



From 2019-20 the Published Admission Number for Great Sankey High School was 375 in Year 7, 375 in Year 8, 315 in Year 9, 315 in Year 10 and 315 in Year 11.

Admissions to Great Sankey High School for Y6 pupils who wish to apply to join us in 2020-21 are the responsibility of Warrington Borough Council. It provides guidance which can be found by following the links on this page.

The arrangements for Warrington community schools for the academic year have now been determined and are to the same as the previous year.

There are no partnering arrangements for primary schools to community secondary schools with the exception of:

  • Hollins Green CE Primary School to Culcheth High School
  • Burtonwood Community Primary School to Great Sankey High School

The determined admission arrangements for academic year 2020-21 for Great Sankey High School are as follows:


Oversubscription criteria are used to establish an order of priority for allocation purposes when the number of applications for places at a school is greater that the number of places available.

Children who have a statement of special educational needs will be admitted to the school named in the statement over and above the published oversubscription criteria.

The oversubscription criteria for Great Sankey High School will be published in the parents’ guide as follows:

  1. Children in care and children formerly in care.
  2. Siblings (pupils with Older brothers or sisters already attending the preferred school and expected to continue at the school in the following school year (including students in Barrow Hall College). This includes full, half or step brothers and sisters and foster brothers and sisters who are living at the same address as part of the same family unit).
  3. Children for whom it is essential to be admitted to Great Sankey High School Academy because of special circumstances to do with significant medical needs. The recommendation must be received in writing from a consultant at an NHS hospital or equivalent.  This criterion relates to the child’s medical needs and does not include any other member of the child’s family.  The supporting evidence should set out the particular reasons Great Sankey High School  is the most suitable school and difficulties that would be caused if the child had to attend another school.
  4. Pupils attending Burtonwood Community Primary School.
  5. Pupils living nearest to the school defined as a direct distance from the child’s permanent place of residence to the school, measured using a Geographical Information Address Point system based on the Local Land and Property Gazetteer. This measures straight line distances from the address point of the permanent place of residence to the address point of the school, (in miles).

Where a school reaches its published admission number from pupils within one of the categories listed above those pupils to be admitted from within that category will be those whose permanent place of residence is closest to the school as defined in oversubscription criterion five.

The Academy Trust at the school has agreed to follow the Council’s scheme for all admissions to the school for academic year 2020-21. The school may decide to review its arrangements for admissions to the school in September 2021. In this case information will be made available as to consultation for a period of eight weeks between 1st November 2020 and 1st March 2021. For access to these schemes, please refer to the Council’s website.


After the publication of the new appeals code in February, it is now a statutory requirement for all admission authorities to set a timetable in relation to the appeals process. Furthermore, this timetable must be published on the website by 28 February each year. The appeals timetable for all admission authorities within Warrington is set out on the Council’s website.


Anyone considering applying for a place in our 6th Form, Barrow Hall College, should obtain a copy of the College Prospectus. Applications can be made online here.

Admission criteria are published annually. Each applicant has an individual guidance interview to make informed decisions about suitable courses before a place is offered.

Barrow Hall College admissions policy can be found here.

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