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Council Reassures Parents on School Places and Calls for September 2021 Applications

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Cheshire East Council has opened the process for school applications for entry to both primary and secondary school in September 2021 and prompts parents to complete their applications before the deadlines.

The council has a statutory duty to ensure that there are enough school places and forecasts pupil numbers using the Local Plan, the document that sets planning policies and allocates the number and location of new homes.  Currently there are a number of school expansion projects both in progress and in the pipeline, with 465 new places planned for September 2021 and a further 450 places at a later date.  The total investment on these projects is around £22.5 million.

With regards to the application process, applying online is the preferred method and help is available for families who don’t have access to the internet or need support at 0300 123 5012.

Parents are asked to submit three school preferences ranked in order of priority. Unfortunately, parents are less likely to get the place they want if their application is late as priority is given to those who applied on time.

The deadline for secondary school applications is 31 October 2020 and 15 January 2021 for primary schools.

Councillor Kathryn Flavell, Cheshire East Council

Councillor Kathryn Flavell, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for children and families said: “We have an open and transparent process where all preferences are treated equally and include a means of appeal. My message to parents when applying is to please help us by using your three preferences and apply before the deadline.

“Cheshire East is a great place to go to school with 92 per cent of primary schools and 80 per cent of secondary schools judged as either good or outstanding by Ofsted.  We have a great track record in school admissions; for 2020, we were able to offer 98 per cent of first to third preferences in primary and over 96 per cent for secondary for Cheshire East families.

“We take pride in working closely with our schools to develop schemes to address our forecast for places for children across the borough, including those with special educational needs and disabilities.  Our team also work with housing developers to create additional school places where these are needed and obtain financial contributions from them to support school expansions.”