Over 20% miss out on their first choice of Wilmslow High School


As reported last week, Cheshire East Council offered first preference places for 95 per cent of secondary school applicants this year.

This is 10 per cent better than last year's national average of 84 per cent and a slight increase on the Borough's first preference offers for 2015.

However, of the total number who requested Wilmslow High School as their first choice only 78.2% were successful, with 83 students losing out.

Wilmslow High School has 300 places to allocate for the academic year beginning September 2016 but the total number of applications for places at the school was 652.

Of the 300 places allocated, 298 went to those who made Wilmslow High their first choice. The remaining two allocations went to second-choice preferences.

Therefore 99.3 per cent of those offered a place were those who had requested Wilmslow High as their first choice preference.

A total of 134 second preference requests were made for the school and 80 third choice requests.

The school borders other local authorities and in addition there were 57 lower ranked preferences of fourth, fifth and sixth from outside Cheshire East.

The 83 students who put Wilmslow School as their first preference but were not successful came from a wide area with 20 being Wilmslow residents, 17 from Cheadle, 9 from Manchester, 7 from Handforth, 6 from Knutsford, 5 from Alderley Edge and 4 from Stockport.

There was also two unsuccessful applicants from Altrincham, Macclesfield and Poynton and one each from Ashley, Chelford, Hale, Marthall, Mobberley, Nether Alderley, Newton, Prestbury and Styal.

Of these students twelve received their second choice preference and four their third choice preference.

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Wednesday 16th March 2016 at 3:51 pm
Actually because Wilmslow High is the only state secondary school to serve Wilmslow, Handforth and Alderley Edge it means that 32 first preferences out of the 83 (38%) did not get their first choice. Not to worry, apparently there is over -provision of school places in Crewe.
Terry Roeves
Wednesday 16th March 2016 at 7:29 pm
Class numbers have been increased - I checked with CEC 2 yrs ago. Some DoE dispensation available apoarently - not sure of the changes or how much more headroom there is.
Seems helpful if we all know and then we can tackle our CEC Cllrs if WilmslowHS is being stressed.
300 intake, say 10 classes of 30 per. Phew! My school only had 260 from 11 to 18 yrs. But what's the optimum intake?
Stuart Redgard
Thursday 17th March 2016 at 12:04 am
I have heard a rumour (yes rumour), that there are plans in the making to expand the total number of students at Wilmslow High School. It would take the total number of students from the present number of approx 2000 to approx 2500 within the next 5 years! This would be approximately at 25% increase and make it into the top 5 of the largest High Schools in the country. Has anybody else heard this rumour or can confirm the validity of it?
Darren Russell Wells
Thursday 17th March 2016 at 6:14 pm
If WHS does expand can someone please explain where? The only logical place would be the sports fields, How does this affect its standing as a sports academy?
Simon Worthington
Friday 18th March 2016 at 12:54 pm
The sports academy malarky took a back seat when it was realised that there was oodles of cash and easy planning permission catering for special needs. There are no plans I am aware of the cater for the hundreds, if not thousands of kids set to inhabit the proposed developments at Handforth and Woodford.
It is plain to all except the greedy "developers" (I hate that description) and our business minded council (joke) that a new high school is sorely needed somewhere around Handforth.
If this was not such a wealthy area with hundreds of parents paying twice
for education (via private schools and taxation) how many more spaces would
they need!!!