School admissions

September 2017 applications

The closing dates for starting reception and secondary transfer September 2017 have now passed.  Applications can still be made, but parents will need to either ring 0300 123 5012 or complete a paper application, which can be found in the back of Applying for School Places 2017-18 booklet.

Before making an application it is very important that you read our booklet Applying for School Places 2017-18, which explains the process and how places are allocated.

Secondary Transfer 2017 -  offers will be available on 1 March 2017.

Starting Primary 2017 - offers will be available on 18 April 2017.

If you applied online, please log into your account to view and respond to your offer.

Other key dates in the application process, can be found in our booklet Applying for School Places 2017-18, page 5. 

For details about how we may use information from your applications, please see our admissions data protection statement below.

Please note for 2017 applications: If you are not resident in Cheshire East, but live in another English Local Authority, you must apply via your home local authority even if your preference is for a Cheshire East school. If you are resident in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, you may apply direct to Cheshire East using this application form.  Information for overseas residents is available on our Advice and Guidance page.

Walking routes to school: A decision was upheld by Cabinet on 18 October 2016 to remove free transport on routes which have been deemed available to walk, in line with the Council's Policy and Road Safety GB guidance. From September 2017 free transport to school will be unavailable on five revised available walking routes to school. 

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Mainstream education

In Cheshire East we have 124 mainstream primary schools and 23 mainstream secondary schools. The different types of schools include community and voluntary controlled schools, foundation and voluntary aided schools and academies.

School type
Type of schoolPrimarySecondary
Academies 43  15
Community schools 42 4
Foundation schools 4 1
Free school - 1
Studio school (14-19) - 1
University Technical College (14-19)  - 1
Voluntary aided schools 25 -
Voluntary controlled schools 10 -

Information about all these schools is published in our information booklets.

In Year admissions

Applications for school places ‘in year’ are for admission after the first day of the school year into any year group. You will need to complete our In Year Application form, which will be forwarded to your schools of choice.  Alternatively hard copies of the application form can be found in the "In Year Admissions" booklet or contact 0300 123 5012.

If you wish to apply for a school in another local authority, you will need to contact the relevant authority to find out how to make an application.

Sixth Form Admissions

Sixth form applications should be made direct to the relevant school.  Information on Sixth Form admissions appears in our information booklet.

Legal right of appeal

Parents who have been unsuccessful with a school preference have a legal right of appeal.  Appeals applications should be submitted to the relevant admission authority .

Special Educational Needs

Most children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) can have their needs met within local mainstream provision.  However, for some children a specialist provision is need. If your child has special educational needs or a disability, more infomation available is on our Special Educational Needs and Disability page

Data Protection

Any personal or sensitive information that you give to us will be held in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. For details about how we may use your information please see our admissions data protection statement (PDF, 82KB)