Admission Arrangements


Penketh High School is a member of The Challenge Academy Trust (TCAT) which is a Warrington -based multi-academy Trust. Legally, TCAT is the Admissions Authority for all its member academies and has developed Admission Arrangements which ensures all academies within the Trust have a unified approach to admissions whilst ensuring the individual character of each academy is maintained.


All state-funded schools have a set of admissions rules, published admission number and oversubscription criteria to help them process school applications consistently, transparently and fairly in accordance with the 2021 School Admissions Code. The Trust is consulting on the unified policy for the Trust’s Warrington academies. There are also specific proposals in relation to


  •  The Published Admission Number (PAN) at Broomfields Junior School, Penketh High School and Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School,
  • Inclusion of children of staff as a separate over-subscription criteria
  • Introduction of partner primaries at Bridgewater High School
  • Simplification of the faith criteria for Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School


Full details are given in the consultation document and policy:


The consultation is open between 7 December 2023 to 31 January 2024. We would like to hear what you think about the proposed admission arrangements and oversubscription criteria for these academies. If you have any comments, queries or concerns about the school admission arrangements, please email . Any comments or queries can also be sent to academy trusts directly via their general enquiries form but please include the words ‘Admissions Consultation’ in the subject header. Feedback provided through the admission consultation will be treated confidentially and will be considered by the Trust Board in deciding the final arrangements.


19th December 2023 – 31st January 2024

At the request of St Monica’s Catholic Primary School, St. Monica’s Close, Appleton, Warrington. WA4 3AW, St. Monica’s Catholic Primary School has now been included as a partner primary for Bridgewater High School.


The Admissions Consultation for the Admission Arrangements for 2025-26 has now closed. The Trust Board has considered all responses and their response to the consultation is available by clicking on the link below. Having considered all responses, the Trust board have determined the published Admission Arrangements for 2025-2026 the Trust’s Warrington primary and secondary academies as attached below.

Admission Policy

Admission Policy

Admissions Policy