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Cheshire East Council says 97% of parents have secured preferential secondary school places for their children for September 2020.

That’s a rise from 96.5% last year, the authority claims.

Also, 91.6% compared to 90% in 2019, have been offered their first preference of secondary school.

This figure is expected to increase before pupils start in September 2020, as some parents will decline places as their circumstances change and places become available

Parents who have not received a place at their first preference school and would prefer an alternative school, can appeal and/or go on the waiting list for another school(s).

The number of applications for school places in Cheshire East continues to be high.

In 2020, the total number of applications was 4511, with 411 applications coming from families living outside the borough.

Cllr Kathryn Flavell, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for children and families, said: “We have an excellent record in seeing pupils and their parents getting their choice of secondary school in Cheshire East and this reflects well on the standard of education across the borough.

“We work hard with our schools, to ensure there are sufficient places for our children, as well as with housing developers to create additional school places where these are needed and obtain financial contributions from them to support school expansions.

“I wish all children the very best start in their chosen secondary school, as they continue to learn, develop and take part in the many new and exciting opportunities that our schools provide.”

Families of children starting primary school in September 2020 will receive their school offer place on April 16, 2020.

Parents are advised to accept their child’s offer even if they would prefer a different school until they have confirmed alternative plans for their child’s education.

For further advice, parents can look at the Cheshire East website, the website of their preferred school, e-mail [email protected] or call 0300 123 5012.

Parents are also encouraged to follow the family information service on social media for tips and advice.

To find out more about the school admissions in Cheshire East visit: call 0300 123 5012.

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