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Admission criteria for secondary schools

Where a school has more applications than places an over subscription criteria will be used.

Catchment areas

Some schools have defined priority areas as part of their admission criteria:

Admission criteria

Please check the criteria for the schools in which you have an interest:

Community comprehensive and trust schools

Calder High School, A Specialist Technology College

For information on entry, please visit: Calder High School, A Specialist Technology College



Todmorden High School

For information on entry, please visit: Todmorden High School, Specialist Visual Arts College

The defined priority (catchment) area is shown on the following map 

Children will be given priority to the school named in their Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.

Over-subscription criteria

Places will be allocated at Todmorden High School in the following order of priority:

  1. Pupils who are in public care (children looked after) or pupils who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they became adopted or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order.
  2. Children who were previously in state care outside of England and have ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.
  3. Pupils living within the defined priority (catchment) area who have:
    • A sibling who lives in the same household and is currently at the school.
    • This does not include pupils in their final year.
  4. Other pupils living within the defined priority (catchment) area.
  5. Those pupils who do not qualify under Categories 1-3 who have a brother or sister (including step/half brothers and sisters) permanently resident in the same household and currently attending the school (excluding pupils in their final year).
  6. Other children.

If there is over-subscription within any category, then pupils will be admitted in the order of proximity of the pupil's permanent home to the school.

Distance will be calculated using a straight line measurement from the pupil's permanent home to the closest designated school gate.

Distance will be calculated using the Local Authority's GIS system (Geographical Information System). To ensure consistency applies, all measurements will be carried out using the Local Authority's GIS system and no other method of measuring distance will be considered.

Each property has a coordinate taken from Ordnance Survey Address-Point data. This is the point which distance measurements will be taken from.

In the event of two or more children living equidistant from the school the decision on which child will be allocated will be made using random allocation.

For details of how to apply for a school place, see: Admissions.

Grammar schools

For information on entry to the grammar schools, please visit:

For details of how to apply for a school place, see: Admissions.

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