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 making decisions on admissions.

Published Admissions Arrangements:
Admission Policy 2021
Admission Policy 2022
Admission Policy 2023

School Admissions Code (from September 2021)

The admissions arrangements for entry in and from September 2023 have been agreed by the Governing Board. If you have any objections to these arrangements, you will have until 15th May 2022 to lodge your objection with the Office of the Schools Adjudicator

Please note: The 2022 admissions arrangements were amended in July 2021 to comply with changes to the School Admissions Code applicable from September 2021.

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 in Years 7 to 11:
The co-ordination of our admissions arrangements for Years 7-11 is undertaken by Rochdale Council.
You will need to apply for a place through the school admissions team in the local authority area in which you live:

Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council 0300 303 0340
Manchester City Council 0161 245 7166​​
Bury Council 0161 253 6474​​
Oldham Council 0161 770 4213​​
Lancashire County Council 01254 220707​​
Calderdale Council 01422 392617​​

Year 7 Entry – September 2023
(Normal Admission Round):
You will need to submit an application through your local authority (please see above), expressing at least three choices of secondary school in preference order.
More information about Rochdale Council’s online application process can be found here, where you can also sign in or register for a parent portal account
If you have any problems applying, your child’s primary school should be able to assist.
The normal admission round for entry into Year 7 in September 2023 will close on 31st October 2022.
All applications will be considered by the Governing Board in a fair way at the same time after the closing date for admissions, based on the 2023 admissions policy and the information you give in the application form.
Parents/carers are advised to read the admissions arrangements carefully before making their application.
Applicants will be ranked/prioritised according to the admissions criteria in the 2023 admissions policy, and places will be allocated up to the published admissions number (see below). If there are more applicants than there are places available, the oversubscription criteria will be applied and the child will be added to our waiting list in accordance with local authority procedures.
You will be notified of the outcome of your application in writing by your local authority on 1st March 2023 (National Offer Day).
You have a right to appeal to an independent appeals panel if your application is not successful. More information about the appeals process can be found here.

In-Year Applications
(Applications made outside of the normal admission round; for example, when transferring between secondary schools)

An application can be made for a place for a child at any time outside the normal admission round and the child will be admitted where there are available places.
Applications should be made through the school admissions team in the local authority in which you live (see above).
Parents/carers are advised to read the admissions arrangements carefully before making their application.
Your local authority will notify you of the outcome of your application in writing within 10-15 school days of receipt.
Where there are places available but more applications than places, the published oversubscription criteria will be applied, as set out in the relevant year’s admissions policy. If there are no places available, the child will be added to our waiting list.
More information about Rochdale Council’s in-year transfer process can be found here.
You have the right of appeal to an independent appeals panel if your application is not successful. More information about the appeals process can be found here.

Applications made through Rochdale Local Authority
With effect from 1 December 2021, all applications for places must be submitted using the online portal. If you do not have access to a computer or the internet, there are free facilities at libraries and at certain community centres. You can also telephone the School Admissions Team at Rochdale Council and they will complete the application with you over the phone.

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

Children with an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP)
Where pupils have an Education Health Care Plan that names a specific school, the Governing Body has a statutory duty to admit those pupils. This means that children with such a plan will be allocated a place before any other places are allocated.
More information about applying for a school place for a child with an EHCP can be found here.

Children who are Looked-After or Previously Looked-After
A child who is looked-after (CLA) is a child who is (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 under section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989.
A child who is previously looked-after is one who immediately moved on from that status after becoming subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order.
Included in this definition are those children who appear (to the governing body) to have been in state care outside of England and who cease to be in state care as a result of being adopted.
For a child who is looked-after, you will need to complete a Memorandum of Understanding form to go with any in-year transfer application.

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 Admission Number (PAN)

September 2023 Entry September 2022 Entry Year 7
September 2021 Entry
Year 8
September 2020 Entry
Year 9
September 2019 Entry
Year 10
September 2018 Entry
Year 11
September 2017 Entry
210 210 210 220 210 210 210

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

Waiting Lists
The waiting list for the normal admission round (September entry into Year 7) is not maintained beyond the end of the autumn term. After this time, your child will be removed from the waiting list and you will need to re-apply as an in-year transfer.
The in-year transfer waiting list is maintained throughout the academic year in which the admission would apply. At the end of the academic year, your child will be removed from the waiting list and you would need to re-apply.  Any applications received after the last day of the summer term will be carried forward automatically to the next academic year.

If an application for September Year 7 admission or a in-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)