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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 36  15
Community schools 48 4
Foundation schools 4 1
Free school - 1
Studio school (14-19) - 1
University Technical College (14-19) 
due to open in September 2016*
- 1
Voluntary aided schools 25 -
Voluntary controlled schools 11 -

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

September 2016 applications

Closing dates for September 2016 applications have now passed. Applications may still be made, but will have to be by phone or by completing a form from the Applying for school places booklet. Please read the information about the process and how places are allocated, provided in our information booklet, Applying for school places.

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

*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 for 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 enquiries@utccrewe.co.uk or by telephoning the UTC on 07718 667 376.  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.

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.

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)