• ‘Parents, students and pupils are loyal and supportive of the school.’ Ofsted 2018
  • ‘Students with whom the inspectors spoke would recommend their school to a friend.’ Ofsted 2018

Transfer from Primary School

Click on the image above to hear poet, Matt Abbott, speak the thoughts of every new starter in their first few days at high school

Open Evenings

Our Main School Open Evenings are usually held in September each year. 

Our 2021 Year 6 Open Evening took place on Thursday 23rd September.

If you were unable to attend this or could not book a space, you still have the opportunity to join one of our small group tours. Please contact our headteacher's PA, Miss Moore: kmoore@congletonhigh.com, for details of these.

Applying for a Place in Year 7

Although Congleton High School is an Academy school and operates as its own ‘admissions authority’, applications for places in Year 7 are not made direct to the school but need to be made through the Local Authority co-ordinated admissions scheme.  Parents/Carers of children about to move from primary to secondary school (ie. those currently in Year 6) should receive an information booklet and application form from their home local authority (ie. the local authority where they live) early in the autumn term, setting out in detail the procedures and timescales for admissions. If you have not received this, please contact the relevant local authority.

Parents/Carers should complete the Common Application Form (CAF) and return it to their home local authority, naming Congleton High School as their preference. Following the application closing date, places are allocated by the local authority according to strict criteria and all offers are sent out to Parents/Carers. Where the number of applicants for admission to CHS is greater than the published admissions number (PAN), applications will be considered against the criteria set out in our Admissions Policy.

Primary School Visits

Once your child has been awarded a Year 7 place, we begin the ‘transition’ process, which starts with Mrs Darling (Deputy Headteacher) and Miss Franks (Student Support Services Team Leader) visiting students at their primary school in May, where they will talk to your child individually to learn a bit about them, find out about their friendship groups and ask them about their likes and dislikes. This information will then be used to help place students in mixed ability tutor groups containing some of their friends from primary school, ready for when they start at CHS in September.

New Intake Day

All Year 6 students who have been successful in securing a place with us for September will be invited to attend our Transition Discovery Day in June, where they will be able to meet their Form Tutor and new classmates and begin to familiarise themselves with their new school. 

Parents/Carers are invited to a New Intake Parents'/Carers' Evening on the same day, from 6:00-8:00pm, when they will have the opportunity to meet key members of staff. 

For more information on the Transition Discovery Day and Parents'/Carers' Evening, please refer to the letter given to Year 6 students during our New Intake Primary School Visits in May/June, or see the downloads to the right of the page.

Partner Primary Schools

We maintain close links with our partner primary schools and, over the years, have developed a highly successful and well regarded Discovery Day transition programme, which ensures that the move from primary to secondary school is as smooth as possible for every student. 

Local Authorities

You can find the contact details and application information for the following local authorities by clicking on the relevant link.



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  • ‘[Pupils] feel safe and happy at school.’ Ofsted 2018
  • 'A respectful and orderly environment where staff and pupils can work as a team.' Ofsted 2018