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September 2020 applications

The closing dates for on-time applications for starting reception and transferring to secondary school in Year 7 for September 2020 have now passed. To make a late application please ring 0300 123 5012 or complete a form that can be found in the back of the booklet  'Applying for School Places 2020-21 (on page 39.)

Before making an application it is very important that you read our booklet Applying for School Places 2020-21 (PDF, 123KB), which explains the process and how places are allocated.

Offer dates are:

  • Year 7 Transfer to Secondary school - 2 March 2020
  • Starting Reception in Primary school - 16 April 2020

Other key dates in the application process can be found in the above booklet from page 7. 

Please note for 2020 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. If you are resident in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, or outside of the UK you may apply direct to Cheshire East using this application form.  Information for overseas residents is available on our  Advice and Guidance page. 

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Read our admissions data protection statement to find out how we use your information from your applications.

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 63  16
Community schools 31 3
Foundation schools 2 1
Free school - 1
Studio school (14-19) - 1
University Technical College (14-19)  - 1
Voluntary aided schools 20 -
Voluntary controlled schools 8 -

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

In Year admissions

'In year' applications for school places are for admission into any year group after the first day of the school year.

You will need to fill in our In Year Application form, which we will send to your schools of choice.  You can find paper copies of the application form in the "In Year Admissions" booklet or phone 0300 123 5012.

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.

Walking routes to school

A walking route is only classed as available if it is a route along which a child, accompanied as necessary, can walk with reasonable safety to school. For information about walking routes to school, including; proposed changes, consultation and decisions agreed by the Council see

Changes to Ofsted Inspections from September 2019

From September 2019 Ofsted are changing the way they inspect our schools.  Inspectors will focus less on test data and more on what is taught and how it is being taught.  For more information visit the Ofsted website

Special Educational Needs

Most children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) can have their needs met within local mainstream provision.  Some children need specialist provision. If your child has special educational needs or a disability, find out more on our Special Educational Needs and Disability 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.

Data Protection

We hold any personal or sensitive information that you give to us in accordance with the Data Protection Legislation. To find out how we use your information see our admissions data protection statement (PDF, 53KB) 

Contact us

0300 123 5012 - option 1

Fax: 01270 686491

School Admissions
Floor 5, Municipal Buildings
Earle Street


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