Nearly 20% miss out on their first choice primary school

Earlier this month children were allocated a primary school place and figures obtained via a Freedom of Information Request show that nearly 20% of local children did not receive their first choice.

Across Cheshire East there were 4110 applications this year, of which 90.17% (3706) received first preference offers. This is slightly down on last year when 90.49% were successful in their first choice.

129 Cheshire East residents (3.14%) did not receive one of their three preferences, compared with 122 (3.05%) in 2014.

I requested the figures for just Wilmslow and Alderley Edge but apparently the Council does not record this information at a local level.

However, using the Wilmslow High School catchment area, which includes Alderley Edge, they confirmed that 404 primary applications are recorded from residents living in this area and 325 were offered their first choice.

Meaning that 80.4% of parents in the local area received their first choice of primary school.

Cheshire East Council


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Pete Taylor
Sunday 3rd May 2015 at 7:39 pm
This is a Hot Topic on the Wilmslow website- no interest here; presumably all Alderley parents are the ones causing the parking problems near the private schools?
Alan Brough
Sunday 3rd May 2015 at 9:44 pm

Watch this space.

If voted in, the Conservative Parish Council have plans to close Alderley Edge Community Primary School so that they can tarmac the grounds to provide parking for Rileys and AESG.

In the evening the spaces will be sold by competitive tender to the bar or restaurant that bids the most. In an interesting twist, customers of the bars and restaurants (whilst having their meal or drink) will be able to bet online on who they think will be the successful bidder.

If they guess correctly they can win a case of Champagne - but if they get it wrong they may well return to the car park to find that they have a parking ticket for eating / drinking at the "wrong" bar or restaurant.

After all, In Conservative Alderley Edge, you have to make sure that local business is supported in whichever way possible, even if it means losing the odd Allotment, or Primary School or Cottage Hospital.

If these things cant turn a profit - get rid

ONLY JOKING (honest!)
Pete Taylor
Sunday 3rd May 2015 at 10:55 pm
@ Alan Brough- to be frank... you had me fooled; dafter things have happened.
Fiona Braybrooke
Sunday 3rd May 2015 at 10:59 pm
Many a true word said in jest.