School Organisation in Cheshire East

As the Strategic Commissioner of school places the Local Authority has a statutory duty to ensure that there are sufficient places in its schools to meet the demands for residents in its area. 

Local authorities and schools can make proposals in relation to school organisation. The Department for Education has provided school organisation guidance for both proposers and decision makers.

Decisions on School Organisation changes proposed by the Local Authority for maintained provision will be made in accordance with the Local Authority’s agreed decision-making procedure. We use standard calculations to assess school capacity.

Where we identify that a new school is needed, we have a legal duty to seek proposals to establish an academy (free school).

Decisions on school organisation proposals for academies/free schools will be made by the relevant Trust. The Local Authority will only support an expansion as identified and proposed through the framework. The Local Authority will need to make the decision on capital funding to support the expansion so joint working is essential to ensure the best outcome is achieved that meets the local need.

School organisation framework

The School Organisation Framework is a key document in the strategic planning and provision of school places. Through working in partnership Cheshire East will manage the demand for places and the organisation of school provision to ensure that every child and young person has access to the best educational opportunities.

Current proposals 

Recent proposals

If you require information on any proposals prior to the ones listed above please contact

Schools in Cheshire East

List of schools in Cheshire East (MS Excel, 503KB)

In Cheshire East we have 155 schools + 1 nursery; 124 primary schools; 25 secondary schools, and 6 special schools; consisting of:

71 primary academies; 28 community primary schools (inclusive of 1 federation); 1 primary foundation school; 6 voluntary controlled primary schools and 18 voluntary aided primary schools and 1 community nursery.

18 secondary academies; (inclusive of 1 alternative provision); 2 secondary free schools; 1 studio school (14-19); 2 community secondary schools; 1 foundation secondary school; 1 University Technical College (UTC) (14-18).

2 community special schools; 2 special academies and 2 special free schools.

Contact us

School Organisation and Capital Strategy
Cheshire East Council

0300 123 5012

Fax: 01270 6864911

Page last reviewed: 18 January 2023