Admissions for full-time pupils from within Bolton Local Authority
The majority of places at the Forwards Centre are commissioned by the Inclusion Manager at Bolton Local Authority.
There are instances where schools directly commission places at the Forwards Centre. Please contact the Academy Lead - Chris Fielding on 01204 333660 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information if you would like to discuss a direct commission.
Admissions for full-time pupils from outside Bolton Local Authority
The Forwards Centre work with schools and local authorities in neighbouring towns in the same way as above. Please contact the Academy Lead- Chris Fielding on 01204 333660 email@example.com at the centre if you would like to discuss a place for a pupil from outside of Bolton.
Admission for a part-time placement at The Bridge at the Forwards Centre
The Bridge at the Forwards Centre is our part-time (2 day a week) alternative provision for pupils who are on roll at a mainstream primary school.
Referral is through a panel process and is commissioned by Bolton Local Authority. The panel is chaired by the Local Authorities Development Manager of Inclusion, and is consists of Local Authority staff, Bolton Impact Trust staff and Primary Head Teachers that meet once a term (see dates below)
Schools refer to panel through the Early Help Process, at the Early Help review meetings schools must request a place at The Bridge at the Forwards Centre as an action and reasons why the placement will benefit the child. Schools or the lead professional must ensure The Bridge at the Forwards Centre is named on the EH form as a service, the paperwork must be signed by the parents/carers before it can be shared with panel.
All completed paperwork should be forwarded to the Local Authority - Alison Gregory (Inclusion team) firstname.lastname@example.org by the closing dates (see below)
The panel prioritise offer of places based on the presentation by schools to panel of the Early Help form, the reviews and any additional evidence.
Panel Dates School Year 2022/23
Panel 1 –24th November 2022 for admission in January 2023 (Spring term)
(closing date for panel paperwork - 14th November 2022)
Panel 2 –16th March 2023 for admission in April 2023 (Summer term)
(closing date for panel paperwork – 6th March 2023)
Panel 3 –22nd June 2023 for admission in September 2023 (Autumn term)
(closing date for panel paperwork - 12th June 2023)