Primary School Appeal Dates and Hearings 


19th May 2020

Deadline for on-time appeals

Appeals will be accepted after this deadline but they may be heard at a later date than appeals lodged on time

15th  June  – 24th June 2020

Notice of hearing information issued for appeals lodged on time

For appeals lodged on time, notice of appeal hearing date and time should be issued in this time period

29th June – 10th July 2020

Appeal hearings will take place

All appeals lodged before the deadline of 19th May 2020 will be heard before the end of 10th July 2020

26th June 2020

Notice of hearing for late appeals (VA, Free Schools and Academies)

For appeals lodged after the deadline of 19th May 2020*, notice of hearing date and time should be issued by this date wherever possible

w/c 13th July 2020

Late appeal hearings will take place (VA, Free Schools and Academies)

Hearings for appeals lodged after the deadline of the 19th May 2020 will take place by the end of 17th July 2020*

3rd July 2020

Notice of hearing for late appeals (LA Community)

For appeals lodged after the deadline of 19th May 2020, notice of hearing date and time should be issued by this date wherever possible

w/c 20th July 2020

Appeal Hearings take place (LA Community)

Hearings for appeals lodged after the deadline of 19th May 2020 for Community Schools

w/c 17th August 2020

Mop ups

Hearings for appeals lodged after the deadline of 19th May 2020* but received before 20th July 2020 will be heard before the end of 21st August 2020


Appeal hearings for all appeals lodged after the 19th May 2020 will be heard with the on time appeals wherever possible. If they cannot be heard with the on-time appeals, they will be heard within 30 school days of the date the appeal is lodged. In some circumstances, this may mean appeals for the September intake will be heard after the school’s summer holidays.

We will endeavour to stick to the above dates wherever possible, however please be aware that these dates may be subject to change depending on the numbers of appeals received.


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: 357

    Preferences for September 2019: 60 per year group

    Admission number 2019: 60


    Admission policy for community and voluntary controlled primary schools for

    2018/19 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, 2019 and August 31, 2020 may

    start school in the Autumn Term 2020.


    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.