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If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below.

Wistaston Church Lane Academy is an Academy and member of The Learning For Life Partnership. The Directors of LFLP is the admissions authority. The co-ordination of admission arrangements is undertaken by the Local Authority (Cheshire East Council).


Children will be admitted in the September following their fourth birthday according to the criteria below. The academy has an agreed admission number of 60 pupils.


Places will be allocated by the Trust on the basis of applications received through the Cheshire East admissions system.

Apply for a place in Reception at Wistaston Church Lane Academy for September 2020 here:

Where the Academy is over-subscribed the Governors, after children with a Statement of Special Educational Need or Educational Health Care Plans, will prioritise applications from parents expressing a preference for the school, using the following criteria:

  1. 'Looked after children' and children who were previously 'looked after'
  2. Siblings
  3. Children resident within the designated catchment area of the school
  4. Children of staff at the school
  5. Pupils living nearest to the school

(See our Admissions Policy for more detail)

Legal Right to an Appeal

In the event of an unsuccessful application, parents have the right to appeal to an independent appeals panel against non-admission. The appeal must be made in writing by completing an appeals form within 20 school days from the date of notification of the decision not to offer a place. Appeal forms can be requested from and should be returned to the academy.


Where an in year application and subsequent appeal are unsuccessful the Admissions Authority will not consider a repeat application within the same academic year unless there has been a relevant and significant change of circumstances relating to the application, or a place has become available in school.

Admissions Appeal Form

Joining Wistaston Church Lane after the start of the school year (In-Year Admissions)

Pupils are normally admitted to school at the beginning of Reception. However, places may be available during a school year. Please enquire at the School Office if you would be interested in a place. Class sizes in Key Stage Two are restricted to 30 places. Applications should be made online at