School admission arrangements


Admission arrangements are the overall procedure, practices, criteria and supplementary information to be used in deciding on the allocation of school places.  Admission Arrangements for publicly funded schools must comply with the School Admissions Code (the Code). 

General Information

Admission authorities, responsible for setting and applying admission arrangements, are as follows:

Admission authorities, responsible for setting and applying admission arrangements
Type of schoolAdmission authority
Academies Academy trust
Community schools Local authority
Foundation schools Governing body
Free school Academy trust
Studio schools Academy trust
Voluntary aided schools Governing body
Voluntary controlled schools Local authority

Arrangements must be consulted on every 7 years as a standard procedure. However, if an admission authority wants to change its admission arrangements, it has a duty to consult on the planned changes. The exception to this is when the change is an increase in the published admission number (PAN) or a change to the admission arrangements to comply with the mandatory provisions of the Code or the School Admissions Regulations 2014. For these changes consultation is not required.

Each year, admission authorities must determine (agree) their arrangements by 28 February in the year preceding the admission year, i.e the year before they take effect. This applies whether or not consultation has been necessary.

Any person or body who considers that any maintained school or Academy’s arrangements are unlawful, or not in compliance with the Code or relevant law relating to admissions, can make an objection to the Schools Adjudicator by 15 May.

Determined admission arrangements for schools which are their own admission authority i.e. academies, foundation, free, studio, and voluntary aided schools, can be found on the relevant school's website or in the supplementary documents for primary and secondary schools - Complete admission arrangements

Consultees are listed here:

  1. parents of children between the ages of two and eighteen;
  2. other persons in the relevant area who in the opinion of the admission authority have an interest in the proposed admissions;
  3. all other admission authorities within the relevant area (except that primary schools need not consult secondary schools);
  4. whichever of the governing body and the local authority who are not the admission authority;
  5. any adjoining neighbouring local authorities where the admission authority is the local authority; and
  6. in the case of schools designated with a religious character, the body or person representing the religion or religious denomination. 

Cheshire East Admission Arrangements and Co-ordinated Scheme 2019-20

On Friday 16 February 2018, the Cabinet Member for Children and Families determined the Local Authority's coordinated scheme for all publicly funded schools with the Borough and admission arrangements for its community and voluntary controlled schools.  

Coordinated scheme for 2018-19

On Monday 30 January 2017, Cheshire East Cabinet determined the Local Authority's 2018-19 coordinated scheme for all publicly funded schools within the Borough. The scheme had not been revised since 2017-18, and therefore no consultation was required.

Determined admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools 2018-19

The Local Authority's admission arrangements for its community and voluntary controlled schools were also agreed by Cabinet on 30 January 2017

Please note the following updates to the Local Authority Admission Arrangements 2018-19: 

  • Due to a change in software used for measuring distances, item (v) on page 3, and iii) on page 8, should now read:

"Pupils living nearest to the school measured using the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) which measures straight line distances in miles from the school’s coordinate point to the place of residence’s coordinate point."

  • Following advice from the Department for Education on 24 July 2017, the second paragraph on page 3 should now read:

 "All applications from families resident in and outside of the United Kingdom will be accepted.  They will be processed and considered on an equal basis on their current address and in accordance with published arrangements."      

Once a family living outside the UK relocates to within the UK, evidence of the new address will be required. 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. This is in accordance with the School Admissions Code, paragraph 2.19.More information on relocation and evidence requirements in relation to Crown Servants returning to the UK can be found in Department for Education guidance."

Annual report to the schools adjudicator

  • Local authorities are required to produce an annual report on admissions for all the schools in their area for which they co-ordinate admissions. This report must contain information about:
  • How local admission arrangements serve the interests of looked after children and previously looked after children, children with disabilities and children with special educational needs.
  • The effectiveness of Fair Access Protocols and co-ordination in their area.
  • Any other issues the local authority may wish to include.

Reports are submitted by local authorities to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) by 30 June each year. The OSA then produces its own report setting out its findings from the admissions cases received within the reporting year. These reports are published on the Office of the Schools Adjudicator own website. The annual reports submitted by Cheshire East Council are listed below:

Arrangements for other schools

The determined admission arrangements for other Cheshire East schools are published in the Local Authority's supplementary booklets and on the schools' websites. Links to schools' websites are also included in the booklets.

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