The new school admissions booklets, for both primary and secondary schools are now available online. The booklets can be accessed below for both Primary and Secondary OR at


Blackburn with Darwen Council - Links directly to school admissions page.

Admission Arrangements



I am delighted that you are considering joining us here at Cedars Primary School. This page contains useful information for you as a parent regarding admissions to our school. Please feel free to contact us at school to book an appointment to come and visit and see us in action.

Admission to Cedars Primary school (for children aged 4 to 11)


The admission number for Reception children at our school is 60. These places are allocated each September in accordance with the Local Authority’s Admissions Policy for primary schools (see below).

Your child will start in a Reception class in the September before their 5th birthday. Applications booklets for Admission to Reception can be collected from Children’s Services at:


Admissions Team

Children's Services and Education Department

10 Duke Street



Tel: 01254 666605




Apply online at:


  • Blackburn with Darwen Council Links to school admission page

    Admission to Nursery


    At Cedars Primary School we offer free early education sessions to all 3 and 4 year olds. Your child can join our Nursery class in the term after they turn 3.


    We offer free morning sessions that start at 8.30 am to 11.30 am. Afternoon sessions run from 12.15 – 3.15 pm.

    Application forms for admission to our Nursery can be collected from our school office. All completed forms must be returned to the school office.

    For more information or to arrange a visit, please contact our school office and ask to speak to Mrs Yusuf on 01254 261609



    Nursery Admission Arrangements



    Our Nursery has capacity for 52 children, split equally into a morning class and an afternoon class. Admission arrangements for children joining our nursery are managed by the school Office Manager, Mrs Najma Yusuf. Children are usually admitted in the September after their third birthday, but if we have places available we will happily admit children in the term after their third birthday.


    If you are interested in a nursery place, please call into the office any time after your child’s second birthday, and Mrs Yusuf will talk you through the application process.


    Reception Admission Arrangements

    Our Reception classes currently have capacity for 60 children. Arrangements for children joining our Reception classes are managed by the Admissions Team at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. In the autumn of the year before your child is due to start school, you will receive a reminder letter from the council. You may then call into school to collect an Admissions Booklet. You MUST complete the application form and return it to the council, even if your child already attends our nursery. Around Easter-time you will receive a letter from the council telling you which school your child has been offered a place at.


    Cedars Community Primary School

    St James's Road, Blackburn

    Tel (01254) 261609

    Head teacher: Mrs N Truman

    Age range: 3-11

    Nursery class: Yes

    Total number of pupils: 340

    Preferences for September 2020/21: 60 per year group

    Admission number 2019: 60


    Admission policy for community and voluntary controlled primary schools for

    2020/21 academic year.


    Children to be admitted

    The law does not require any child to start school until the start of the term following

    the fifth birthday. In Blackburn with Darwen we operate a single start date of

    September for all children who will become 5 during that school year. All children

    who have their fifth birthday between September 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021 may

    start school in the Autumn Term 2021.


    Deferred admission

    Parents may wish to consider delaying their child’s admission until the term after their

    fifth birthday. This is called deferred admission. Further information about deferred

    admission is included in the Council’s admissions booklet for parents and can be

    provided by the Council’s admissions manager.


    Admission Arrangements for Primary Community & Voluntary Controlled

    Schools for 2020/21 Academic Year

    All preferences expressed will be considered equally. If the number of children

    requiring admission does not exceed the school’s published admission number, all the

    children will be offered admission. If the number of children requiring admission

    exceeds the published admission number, then the admissions authority (Local

    Authority) will consider all preferences equally against the oversubscription criteria

    shown below.


    Admission Criteria for Oversubscribed Schools

    Children with an education, health care plan, or a statement for special educational

    needs or an individual pupil resource agreement (IPRA) for whom the preferred

    school is named in the plan/statement will be admitted first. The remaining applicants

    who have named this school as a 1st 2nd or 3rd preference will then be considered

    equally against the Council’s admission policy, in the priority order given below:

    (a) Looked after’ children and children who were previously ‘looked after’ but

    immediately after being looked after were adopted or became subject to a

    residence/child arrangement order, or special guardianship order. ‘Looked after’

    means that the child was (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with

    accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions.

    (b) Children with an older sibling (sibling means a brother or sister, half brother or

    sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, not cousins, or the child of the

    parent/carer’s partner, and in every case, the child should be living in the same family

    unit at the same address) who will still be attending the preferred school when the

    younger child is admitted;

    (c) Children with proven exceptional medical, social or welfare needs which are

    directly relevant to the school concerned. If you wish to be considered under this

    category you must provide appropriate supporting evidence with your application.