School place decisions for September 2017

Decisions for school places for Year 7 and Reception for September 2017, are being conveyed to parents on offer dates: 1 March 2017 for Year 7 and 18 April 2017 for Reception.

Decisions will be emailed to applicants who made their applications by using the online facility. They are also available to view via the online accounts on those dates. Offers for applications made by phone or paper copy are sent by second class post on the above dates.

Applications are considered by the admission authority of each school named as a preference on the application form. For academies, voluntary (church) aided, free, foundation and studio schools, the academy trust or the governing body is the admission authority for the school. The admission authority for community and voluntary controlled schools is the local authority. Information regarding the oversubscription criteria for schools is available in our School Admissions information booklets.

The documents below will show information on the lowest criterion and related distance that places were allocated to for each school within secondary and primary for September 2017, and is relevant as at offer date of 1 March and 18 April 2017 respectively.

When viewing the information sheets, please note that distance is measured using an Ordnance Survey address point system which measures straight line distances in miles from the school’s coordinate point to the place of residence’s coordinate point.

Primary admissions

Secondary transfers

Please note: Schools where additional places have been agreed above PAN (i.e. above Published Admission Number) are highlighted.

Important Information – Secondary Admissions September 2017

All preferences requested were considered, which resulted in 97.73% of Cheshire East residents being offered a school of their choice, including 93.73% that were offered their first choice. The number of applications received for Cheshire East places remained high in 2017, with a total of 4866 applications, which included 3878 from Cheshire East residents.

Due to the high number of applications, some areas of the Borough have experienced a pressure on the number of places available for local children. A decision was therefore taken to request admission to some schools above the published admission number (PAN) to accommodate children in their local school, as far as possible. In deciding where to agree further admissions, consideration was given to the availability of places in other local schools within a reasonable distance. In areas where no other reasonable alternative could be offered, agreement was reached with the individual schools to admit additional local children under these exceptional circumstances. This has not resulted in an increase in the PAN of these schools.

In order to ensure that children could be accommodated in some schools on this basis, it is intended that additional resources will be provided to schools for September to accommodate the number of additional children accepting an offer of a place. If following the accept and decline process the additional capacity is no longer required then the additional resources made available will be adjusted to reflect the number of children actually taking up a place.

For other schools the exceptional decision to admit above the published admission number was made on the basis that the school had existing accommodation that could be used or that class organisation allowed for the admission of more children for this year. The Local Authority is in the process of reviewing school capacity across the Borough due to population changes and the increasing demand for places in some areas. In the event that permanent accommodation is introduced, the published admission number will be increased in line with this for future intakes. Details of any proposals will be published on this website.

Waiting lists

Waiting lists will be held until the end of December for schools which are community or voluntary controlled. Schools which are their own admission authority (academy, foundation or voluntary aided), may hold them longer. Parents would need to contact the relevant school for further information on this.