How far away the school is and how your child will get there
It is your responsibility to make sure your child can get to school safely. It is usually easiest to do this if the school is local.
Choosing a local school also means:
- children can walk or cycle, which helps them keep fit
- children can meet up with and chat with friends on the way to school and back
- it is easier for children to make friends with others who live nearby and to socialise with them outside school
- it is easier for parents to get to know other parents in the area and get to school events
School transport is available for some pupils.
How likely you are to get a place at a school
Most parents in Cheshire East get a place at their first choice of school. But how likely you are to get a place at a particular school depends on how many people apply.
When a school gets fewer applications than it has places, it must normally make an offer to everyone who applies.
When a school is oversubscribed, it may not be able to offer places even to children who already have a brother or sister at the school or who live nearby. Secondary schools that are over-subscribed may not be able to offer places for all children from feeder primary schools.
In most cases, schools do give some priority to children in these circumstances, but the level of priority depends on the school's admissions policy.
For September reception or Year 7 applications, last year's allocations information is a useful guide to what may happen this year.
If you are moving schools, ask your preferred schools whether they are likely to be able to offer a place.
Choosing a school for a child with medical/social needs
In Cheshire East, most children's needs can be met at most schools. This means that children with medical or social needs do not normally get priority for places (unless they have an Education, Health and Care Plan that names a school, in which case the school will offer a place.) But schools that set their own admissions arrangements may have different admissions policies.