Who can apply for a school place for a child
You can apply for a place for a child if the law counts you as a parent of the child. This includes foster parents and people with parental responsibility. See GOV.UK - who is a parent.
Parents with shared responsibility
We can only process one application and make one offer for each child. If you share responsibility with another parent you should agree between you who will apply.
If a school has more applications than places, then where a child lives (residency) usually counts towards whether they get a place.
Each school's own admission policy says how the school uses residency-related criteria when allocating places. Some schools use catchment areas
Residency is normally where the child lives on the date of application.
We may check addresses against other council records such as Council Tax. We may also ask you to give proof of where the child lives.
Residency when a child spends time at two addresses
Where a child spends time at two addresses, the place of residency is where the child wakes up most often between Monday and Friday. You must give full details when you apply.
If the situation is not clear or the child spends time equally with both parents, we will normally use the address at which Child Benefit is claimed. Where neither parent claims Child Benefit, we will use the address at which the child is registered with a GP.
Residency for children of service personnel and crown servants
For service personnel with a confirmed posting to Cheshire East and crown servants returning from abroad, we can take the new address as the child's residency in advance of the move.
Email us with official written confirmation of the new address and the date of the move. We will accept a unit postal or quartering area address if you do not yet have a permanent address.
Applying for a school place for a child with special educational needs or disabilities
We educate most children in their local mainstream school.
If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) that names a school for them, the school must give them a place. You do not need to apply.
If your child does not have an EHCP, you will need to apply in the normal way.
Find out more about education for children with special educational needs and disability in Cheshire East
Get advice from Cheshire East Information Advice and Support