Nearly 20% miss out on first choice of Wilmslow High School


Parents of Cheshire East school children received confirmation of the allocation of secondary school places earlier this month.

Cheshire East Council worked with local schools to offer 90.5 percent of Cheshire East residents their preferred school this year (a drop from 93 percent last year and 92 percent in 2021), with 96 percent receiving an offer from their three preferences (the same as in 2022).

Figures obtained via a Freedom of Information Request show that Wilmslow High School had 345 places to allocate for the academic year beginning September 2023, the Published Admission Number was 300 but 45 additional places were offered to meet parental preference, but the total number of applications for places at the school was 579.

Of the 416 students who requested Wilmslow High School as their first choice, 78 (18.75%) did not receive a place to start in September 2023.

Of the 345 places allocated, 337 went to those who made Wilmslow High their first choice.

A total of 78 second preference requests were made for the school and 56 third choice requests.

The school borders other local authorities and in total there were 73 applications from people living outside of Cheshire East.

Of those students who put Wilmslow School as their first preference but were not successful, 70 were Cheshire East residents and 8 were from other local authorities.

Of the 70 Cheshire East students who did not receive their first choice of Wilmslow High School, 10 were offered their second choice and less than five were offered their third choice preference.

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