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Secondary admissions

Process following the offer of a secondary school place

All places offered for Cheshire West and Chester Pupils are automatically accepted.

Declining places offered

Following receipt of the notification on 1 March 2024 if the place is declined, it is important to notify the admissions team as soon as possible in writing or to allows the admissions team to re-allocate the place to a child on the school/academy’s waiting list. The school place offered will automatically be accepted unless applicants notify the admissions team otherwise.

What happens if I decline the school place offered without making alternative arrangements?

We do not advise that you decline the place offered unless you have already made alternative arrangements for the education of your child. If you choose to decline the place offered it is your responsibility to ensure that your child receives an education. We can advise you of alternative schools with vacancies for September 2024 from the end of March onwards. Please telephone 0300 123 7039 for more information. This will not affect your legal right of appeal.

Cheshire West and Chester residents 

If your child is resident in the borough and we are unable to meet any of the preferences stated on your application form, we will allocate a place at the next nearest school with a place available, measured in a straight line from the centrally plotted Basic Land and Property Unit point (BLPU) of the child’s home address to the centrally plotted BLPU point of the school as defined by Local Land and Property Gazetteer(LLPG).

Please note: this will not affect your right of appeal. 

Non Cheshire West and Chester residents 

Where an application has been received from a parent resident in another council area and a place cannot be offered, we will not allocate a place.

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