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Transfer from Primary School

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. 

Places are then allocated according to strict criteria and all offers are sent out by the local authority on the same day. Where the number of applicants for admission to CHS is greater than the published admissions number, applications will be considered against the criteria set out in our Admissions Policy.

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. 

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 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 further details, parents/carers of new starters can visit our 'Preparing to Start at CHS' section in our Parent/Carer Area.) 

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:

Astbury St Mary’s CE Primary
Black Firs Primary
Castle Primary
Daven Primary
Scholar Green Primary
Smallwood CE Primary
The Quinta Primary
Woodcocks’ Well CE Primary

Our Main School Open Evenings are usually held in September each year. Due to the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, we are holding an online Virtual Open Day for 2020, which is now online and will be available throughout September and October. Please click here for more information.

Cheshire East Council School Admissions

Staffordshire County Council School Admissions

City of Stoke-on-Trent School Admissions

Cheshire West & Chester School Admissions

Please also see the Transition pages of the website, also in this Admissions section.


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