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Our Main School Open Evenings are usually held in September each year.
Our 2022 Open Evening was held on Thursday 29th September 2022. Along with a talk from our Headteacher, Mr Barlow, and the chance to look round the school, visitors were given a pack of information, which included a booklet about the many transition, learning and enrichment opportunities available at our school (see below), a list of school bus services (click here) and a copy of our latest newsletter (click here).
If you missed the Open Evening or would like to see the school in action, please email Mr Barlow's PA, Miss Moore firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be able to arrange a separate visit at a time convenient to you.
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.
The deadline for applications (to your own local authority) for a 2023 Year 7 place is Monday 31st October 2022
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 at least one 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 Parent/ Carer 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 Parent/ Carer Evening, please refer to the letter given to Year 6 students during our New Intake Primary School Visits in May/June..
We also offer all our new Year 7 students the opportunity to take part in a range of workshops over three days in the summer holidays. These free fun sessions enable students to build new friendships and develop their confidence and self esteem. Our Summer School also helps to reduce students’ anxieties about starting a new school and means that they don’t spend six long weeks worrying. Children take part in a range of fun and educational activities run by our curriculum teams, including English, Maths, Science, DT, Art and Humanities.
Partner Primary Schools
We maintain close links with our partner primary schools (see full list below) 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.
- 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
You can find the contact details and application information for the following local authorities by clicking on the relevant link.
- Cheshire East Council School Admissions
- Cheshire West & Chester School Admissions
- Staffordshire County Council School Admissions
- City of Stoke-on-Trent School Admissions
Transfer from Primary School