The Governors of the school are the Admissions Authority and, as such determine how places in the school are allocated. The school has a Planned Admission Number (PAN) of 240 and it is the intention to ensure that all year groups achieve their PAN.  In the case of oversubscription, the Governors will apply the published oversubscription criteria. This is available within the school-published Admissions Policy.

Catchment Area

The school exists to serve the Catholic Communities of Ashton, Bryn, Haydock, Stubshaw, Platt Bridge, Hindley, Hindley Green and Winstanley. As such it is a preferred and popular destination for Catholic children attending:

  • St Oswald's Catholic Primary School, Ashton

  • Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Primary School, Bryn

  • English Martyrs' Catholic Primary School, Haydock

  • St Wilfrid's Catholic Primary School, Stubshaw Cross

  • Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Platt Bridge

  • St Benedict's Catholic Primary School, Hindley

  • Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Hindley Green

  • St Aidan's Catholic Primary School

In addition the school has been able to admit children from Lowton, Golborne and Newton le Willows in recent years.  Do you need help finding which Catholic school serves your parish? Click this link and type in your postcode to see the result.


Applying for secondary schools in 2024

If your child will turn 11 between 1 September 2023 and 31 August 2024, they will transfer to secondary school at the start of the new school year in September 2024.  The online application process is now open via Wigan Council's online portal which is accessed via their website:-   Wigan Council's Secondary School Admissions Portal    .

The Admissions Portal may ask for your child’s Unique Identification Number (UID) when you apply, you can ask your child’s primary school for this number (Wigan Primary Schools Only). You can still apply without the UID. If the Admissions Portal does not ask for your UID it means that your child’s details have automatically been matched to their record and you won’t need to enter it.

If you need any help using the online service, please contact the School Organisation Team on 01942 489013.

It is very important that you read the 2024-2025 booklet    Secondary School 2024 Booklet before making your application as it contains important information about the allocation process.  The closing date for applications is 31 October 2023.  Any applications received after this date will be classed as late.  

Please remember to complete the Supplementary Faith Form (link below) and return this to your child's feeder primary school OR directly to St Edmund Arrowsmith CHS.  This form must also be returned by 31 October 2023.

The admission process is managed by the School Placements Department at Wigan Council (Telephone number 01942 489013). This includes admission into Year 7 in September and all mid-year admissions.  Any query about the admissions process or about availability of places in the school should be directed to the school in the first instance.

Admissions Documents


Archdiocese of Liverpool Department of Education  

Parents are reminded that for applications to be considered under the Catholic faith criteria, there is a requirement for baptism to take place prior to application.  You are reminded to take prompt action if baptism has not already taken place.  As our churches reopen parish priests are able to schedule and confirm baptisms with parents in accordance with the safe operation of their church, and make access to baptism certficates where required.  If you have any concerns about this in your parish please contact the Education Department at

For those children of other faiths seeking a place in a Catholic school there is no requirement for evidence of attendance; a baptism certificate or confirmation in writing that the applicant is a member of their faith community from an appropriate minister of religion is the requirement in this circumstance.

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