Vantage Multi Academy Trust  sponsors schools in Bolton, Knowsley and Greater Manchester – including St Barnabas C of E Primary Academy – and has a strong track record of achieving school improvement and providing inspiring teaching and learning to its pupils.

If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admissions arrangements.  A copy of our Admissions Policy is available on the link below:


For the Academic year 2023-24 our school capacity is as follows:

Year 130
Year 230
Year 330
Year 430
Year 530
Year 630


The oversubscription criteria for when a school is full is:

Category 1 – children who are looked after by a local authority and children who were previously looked after by a local authority. Previously looked after children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order)

Category 2 – children with exceptional medical/social needs

Category 3 – children with a sibling at the school

Category 4 –  all other children

Waiting List

Waiting lists will be held in criteria order according to the oversubscription criteria. Waiting lists will not be operated on a “first come, first served” basis. The amount of time an applicant is on a waiting list will not affect their position on it.

LA Admissions

You can find more information about School Admissions for September 2024 and in year transfers from Manchester LA website:

In-year admissions


It sometimes happens that a child needs to change school other than at the “normal” time; such admissions are known as non-routine admissions. St Barnabas C of E Academy will follow Manchester City Council procedures for in-year admissions. Applications will be considered in accordance with the above oversubscription criteria. In the event that it is not possible to offer a
place, the waiting list and appeals procedures described in the policy will apply.




Information about how to appeal and appeal timetables can be found on the Manchester LA link above.