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 schoolPrimary  Secondary
 Academies  29  13
Community schools  56  4
Foundation schools 4 3
Free school - 1
Studio school (14-19) - 1
University Technical College (14-18)  
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 .  

Information about how to apply for places in these schools is provided below. If you are considering applying for a place in the new Crewe Engineering and Design University Technical College (UTC), which is due to open in September 2016 please read the important information below: 

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.  

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

Application process

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.   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)

September 2015 admissions

If you live in England you must apply for a school place on your 'home' local authority's application form (i.e the authority where you live) even if you are applying for a school in another local authority. Applicants who live outside of England, but within the United Kingdom, can apply direct to Cheshire East for a Cheshire East school.

Closing dates for September 2015 primary and secondary applications have now passed. If you wish to apply for reception or secondary Year 7 places, please call 0300 123 5012, or print and complete an application form from our booklet Applying for school places - Cheshire East guide for parents 2015-16 (PDF, 873KB)

Before completing your application you should read the information booklets which contain important information on the application process and information about Cheshire East schools.

As the online application system has now closed, any enquiries regarding applications submitted using this system should be made by email or by phone using the contact details on this page.

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 2014/15"  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

Information on Sixth Form admissions appears in our information booklet

Contact us

Fax 01270 686491

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