Cardinal Langley RC High School & Sixth Form is an 11-18, co-education, Roman-Catholic, secondary school under the trusteeship of the Diocese of Salford and maintained by Rochdale Local Authority. As a voluntary-aided school, the Governing Board is the Admissions Authority and is responsible for taking decisions on applications for admissions.

Published Admissions Arrangements:
Admission Policy 2020
Admission Policy 2021
Admission Policy 2022

The admissions arrangements for entry in and from September 2022 have been agreed by Governors. If you have any objections to these arrangements, you will have until 15th May 2021 to lodge your objection with the Office of the Schools Adjudicator:

Any comments or complaints regarding the school’s admissions arrangements should, in the first instance, be made in writing to the Chair of Governors at the school.

Applying for a place:
The co-ordination of admissions arrangements for Years 7-11 is undertaken by the Local Authority and all applications and queries should be directed to the School Admissions Team in the authority in which you live. The Local Authority will inform you of the outcome of your application and advise you of your right to appeal if your application is not successful.

Applications to our Sixth Form should be made directly to our Sixth Form team. There is more information on the Sixth Form College website

Y7 September Entry:

Parents/carers need to submit an application to the Local Authority, expressing at least three preferences of secondary school. All applicants are considered by Governors at the same time after the closing date for admissions, in a fair way, based on the Published Admission Number (PAN), the published admissions criteria and the information that is returned on the application form.
More information about Rochdale Council’s online application process can be found on the following page of the Council’s website:

The normal application round for entry into Y7 in September 2020 closed on 31st October 2019. Parents/carers will be informed of the outcome of their application by the Local Authority on 1st March 2020 (National Offer Day)

Within-Year Transfers between Secondary Schools:
Parents/carers who would like their child to transfer to Cardinal Langley RC High School from another secondary school must complete a Within-Year Transfer Application Form and return this to the School Admissions Team. Please visit the following page of Rochdale Council’s website for more information:

Within-Year Transfer Application Form

If you live in another authority, you will need to apply through the local authority in which you live; for example:
Manchester Council
Bury Council
Oldham Council

Evidence of Faith:
For a child to be considered Roman Catholic, evidence of Faith must be provided to the school in the form of a certificate of Roman-Catholic baptism.
Governors will also accept confirmation from the child’s Roman-Catholic primary school that a child has been baptised if this information is verified as part of their admissions process. If the parent/carer cannot produce a certificate of baptism, Governors will accept verification from the Parish Priest that there is a baptismal entry in parish records. If a child has been received into the Roman-Catholic faith from the Church of England, Governors will require evidence of baptism and that the child has completed the Sacramental Programme to become Roman Catholic. If a child is due to be baptised or received into the Roman-Catholic faith, this must take place before the deadline for applications, and evidence provided, in order for him/her to be ranked as Roman Catholic on the offer list.
It remains the responsibility of parents and carers to provide evidence of faith to the school, where applicable, at the application stage.

Published Admissions Number (PAN)
Please refer to the information in the relevant year’s Admissions Policy.
Please note: Governors have agreed to increase the PAN applicable to Y7 entry in September 2020 to 220. This is in response to a request by the Local Authority

How we allocate places:
The policy of the Governing Board is to admit pupils, on demand, up to the school’s Published Admission Number. Where there are more applications than there are places available, a waiting list is maintained, ranked in accordance with the admissions/over-subscription criteria. If a place becomes available, it will be awarded to the child at the top of the waiting list.

Admissions Criteria & Over-Subscription Criteria
Please refer to the information in the relevant year’s Admissions Policy

If an application for admission or a within-year transfer request has been turned down by the Governing Board, parents/carers can appeal to an independent Appeals Panel. This appeal must be made in writing to Rochdale Local Authority Legal Services Team within 20 school days of notification of refusal. There is more information on the following page of Rochdale Council’s website:

Admissions Appeal Code (Feb 2012)