If you have a pre-schooler, or a child currently in Year 4, 5 or 6 at primary school, you might well be thinking about their options when it comes to which local primary or high school to choose.
An open event is a chance to find out more about a school, take a look around, and chat to pupils and teachers.
This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some schools are holding their open events differently – some are even doing them ‘virtually’.
Remember – you have until the end of October to apply to secondary schools, but longer for primary schools – the deadline for this is not until January.
Here are the days and times that you need to know to help you make a big decision about which school is right for your child.
High school open days
Year 6 pupils at local primary schools will also receive a virtual visit from a Golborne High representative through virtual talks at schools during week commending 14 September.
Lowton High’s open evening for prospective pupils is also going to be online this year.
You can tune in to tour the school and meet the teachers via Zoom at either 5pm or 6.30pm on Monday, 28 September. Visit their website for more details.
Save the date – 8 October 2020 is Culcheth High’s virtual open evening. Find out more details on their website.
Hope Academy, Newton-le-Willows
Hope Academy’s virtual open day is available to access at any time during the school application window.
You can also make arrangement to visit the school in person on Saturday, 26 September, 2020. More details are available on the school website.
Byrchall High School, Ashton
Like the other schools, this year Byrchall High School is offering a virtual Open Day, which will include a virtual tour, supplemented by interactive Zoom sessions for all prospective parents and pupils. You can register your interest in attending on their website.
Haydock High School
After taking the decision to cancel their ‘in-person’ open events, Haydock High have produced a video to give parents and prospective pupils a flavour of what the school has to offer. They hope to invite people to look around the school later in the year, should it be possible. In the meantime, if you have any questions the school would love to hear from you – email email@example.com or call 01744 678833.
Primary school open events
Several local primary schools are also holding virtual open events – here are the ones we have details for currently (we will add more as we get them):
St Catherine of Siena Catholic Primary, Lowton
St Catherine’s will be holding Open Day sessions at the school on Saturday 14 November (between 9.30-11.30am) and on Tuesday 17 November (from 4.30-6.30pm). As this will be taking place in person, an appointment system will be in place with visits every 15 minutes. Booking is essential – contact the school to reserve your time slot by calling 01942 671528 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Golborne St Thomas’ CE J&I School
You can join online Zoom meetings to meet the teachers and find out more about St Thomas’ school on:
- Thursday 8 October at 1pm
- Friday 9 October at 10am
- Thursday 15 October at 4.30pm
Use the meeting ID: 485 966 7389 and the passcode: 649516
How do I apply for my child’s school place?
If you live in Lowton or Golborne, visit Wigan Council’s website to find out more about how to apply, and to read details for each individual school.
If you live in Newton-le-Willows or Earlestown, apply on the St Helens council website.
If you live in Culcheth or Croft, apply for your child’s school place on the Warrington Council website.
What’s the deadline for applications?
If your child is due to start high school (Year 7) in September 2021, you need to have your form completed and submitted by 31 October, 2020.