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.

Secondary School Fair Access Panel meeting dates - 2019/20

Knutsford Poynton and Wilmslow Panel

Covering: Knutsford Academy, Poynton High School and Wilmslow High School: All meetings at Wilmslow High 2pm:  

  • Tuesday 1st October 2019
  • Tuesday 3rd December 2019
  • Tuesday 21st January 2020
  • Tuesday 3rd March 2020
  • Tuesday 5th May 2020
  • Tuesday 23rd June 2020

Macclesfield Panel

Covering: All Hallows Catholic High, The Fallibroome Academy, Macclesfield Academy, Tytherington High School. All meetings at The Macclesfield Academy:

  • Thursday 12th September 2019
  • Thursday 14th November 2019
  • Thursday 19th December 2019
  • Thursday 30th January 2020
  • Thursday 12th March 2020
  • Thursday 14th May 2020
  • Thursday 9th July 2020

Crewe and Nantwich Panel

Covering: Brine Leas Academy, Malbank High School, Ruskin Sports College, Sir William Stanier, Shavington High School, St Thomas More High School, The Oaks Academy, Crewe Engineering & Design UTC 

  • Thursday 24th October 2019
  • Thursday 21st November 2019
  • Thursday 17th December 2019
  • Thursday 23rd January 2020
  • Thursday 27th February 2020
  • Thursday 26th March 2020
  • Thursday 7th May 2020
  • Thursday 4th June 2020
  • Thursday 16th July 2020

Congleton Rural Panel

Covering: Alsager Academy, Congleton Academy, Eaton Bank Academy, Holmes Chapel Academy, Middlewich High School, Sandbach High School , Sandbach School. 

  • Tuesday 8th October 2019
  • Tuesday 12th November 2019
  • Tuesday 10th December 2019
  • Tuesday 14th January 2020
  • Tuesday 11th February 2020
  • Tuesday 10th March 2020
  • Tuesday 21st April 2020
  • Tuesday 12th May 2020
  • Tuesday 9th June 2020
  • Tuesday 14th July 2020 

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

Information leaflets for parents and a list of commonly asked questions can be found below: