Fair Access Protocol

The School Admissions Code (December 2014) requires all Local Authorities to have a Fair Access Protocol in place to ensure that all children, particularly the most vulnerable, secure a school place as quickly as possible and that all schools within the Local Authority admit their fair share of children who may need additional support because of their vulnerability/challenges.

Admissions under the Fair Access Protocol will only progress with the agreement of parents/carers except where there is evidence of challenging behaviour. All permanently excluded pupils ready to be admitted into new school will be offered admission under the Fair Access Protocol.

Cheshire East has a Fair Access Protocol agreed in partnership with the head teachers of both primary and secondary schools. There are separate protocols for each phase, which can be found in the relevant documents/links section below. 

The protocols highlight categories of children who may potentially be considered vulnerable when needing to secure a school place, however, admission under this protocol is not restricted to these groups; it can support any child who is unable to secure a school place.

Relevant documents and links

Fair Access process

In Cheshire East, Secondary Fair Access admissions will be considered at four area panels consisting of head teachers from local schools and local authority officers. These panels will meet approximately every four weeks. Panels will consider a number of factors including the number of previous Fair Access admissions each school had admitted, parental choice of schools, distance from home to school and any other relevant information/needs regarding the pupils/families/schools circumstances.

Primary Fair Access admissions will be individual, considered between parents, partnerships of schools and the Local Authority.

An information leaflet for parents and a list of commonly asked questions can be found below: