School admissions

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 32  14
Community schools 53 4
Foundation schools 4 2
Free school - 1
Studio school (14-19) - 1
University Technical College (14-19) 
due to open in September 2016
- 1
Voluntary aided schools 24 -
Voluntary controlled schools 11 -

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

September 2016 applications

You can now apply online for a school place in September 2016, to:

  • Start school in reception

Before making an application it is very important that you read about the process in our School Admissions Applying for School Places booklet. This explains the process and how places are allocated.

Please note for 2016 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.  Information for overseas residents is available on our Advice and Guidance page

*If you are applying for a place in the new Crewe Engineering and Design University Technical College (UTC), which is due to open in September 2016, you must apply on the form provided by the UTC and not to the Local Authority. Please read the important information below.

Apply online from 1 September 2015

Benefits to applying online

  • you can apply any time - day or night
  • applications are submitted direct to the authority - no risk of losing paper copies in the post
  • an email is sent to you when your form is submitted, confirming the authorities receipt of the application
  • email offers are made, and you can view the school place offered on the published offer date
  • the authority uses a secure database system, protecting your data

Key dates for the admissions process

Key dates for the admissions process
School typeApplication opening dateApplication closing dateOffers available onlineDeadline for accepting or declining places
Starting Reception 1 September 2015 15 January 2016 18 April 2016 3 May 2016
Transfer to Secondary Year 7 or Studio School  Year 10 1 September 2015 31 October 2015 1 March 2016 15 March 2016

Please note: Applications may be made after the above closing dates, but will have to be made by phone or by completing a form from the Applying for school places booklet. However, they will be classed as late applications (for exceptions view the Applying for School Places booklet), and may be disadvantaged. Please read the information provided in our information booklet, Applying for school places.

Crewe Engineering and Design UTC - Important Information

Crewe Engineering & Design UTC are now taking applications for opening in September 2016.  Due to Crewe E&D UTC opening for its first year in 2016 applications for admissions will be taken in years 10 and 12.  To apply for a place please complete the application form provided on the UTC website. Alternatively you can request a hard copy through or by telephoning the UTC on 07921 645 756.  Once you have submitted or posted back your application form you will be contacted by the Principal of the UTC, Mr Terry (or a member of his team) to discuss the next steps in your 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.

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 on our Special Educational Needs and Disability page

Important Information

Applications for Cheshire East schools can only be processed from families resident in the United Kingdom. The only exception to this is for families of service personnel with a confirmed posting to their area, or crown servants returning from overseas to live in that area.  (Please see above for September 2016 applications).   There is  more information on our Advice and Guidance page

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)

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 .

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 2015/16" 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.

Contact us

Fax 01270 686491

School Admissions, Floor 7
c/o Municipal Buildings
Earle Street


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