If you would like to secure a place in Year 7 at the Academy you should apply through the Cheshire West and Chester School Admissions procedure. Please click here to visit the site.

You can contact the Admissions team on 0300 123 039 or admissions@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.

If you are considering making an application for a place in years 8, 9, 10 & 11 please contact the Academy on 01606 592300 and we will be very pleased to show you around during any normal school day. Formal applications for a place in these years should be made to the Cheshire West and Chester Admissions team.


 

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA 

Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the published admission number, applications will be considered against the criteria set out below. After the admission of students with statements of Special Educational Needs where The Winsford Academy is named on the statement, the criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set out below.

  1. Children in public care or who were previously in public care but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence, or special guardianship order);
  2. Children with exceptional medical, social or welfare needs which means the child must, because of those needs, attend the Academy. Appropriate evidence from a doctor or social worker must be provided;
  3. Children resident within the designated catchment zone of the Academy.
  4. Admission of students whose siblings currently attend the school and who will continue to do so on the date of admission, and 45
  5. Admission of students on the basis of proximity to the Academy. Distances are measured in a straight line from the centrally plotted Basic Land and Property Unit point (BLPU) of the child’s home address to the centrally plotted BLPU point of the school as defined by Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG).

The tie-breaker within categories would be:

  • Differentiation between applications where distance criterion does not identify priority for admission – tie-breaker would be a random allocation;
  • All other differentiations – tie-breaker would be a random allocation.

Notes: Sibling is defined as:

  • A full brother or sister, whether or not resident in the same household;
  • Another child normally resident for the majority of term time in the same household, for whom an adult in the household has parental responsibility as defined in the Children Act 1989;
  • In the case of twins (or two siblings in the same age cohort) and where there is only one place available in the Academy, both will be considered together as one application. The Academy will be authorised to exceed its Published Admission Number by one.

The ‘home address’ is where the child lives for the majority of the school week with a parent who has parental responsibility as defined in the Children Act 1989 and a parent includes a person who is not a parent but who has responsibility for him/her. This could include a student’s guardians but will not usually include relatives such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc., unless they have all the rights, duties, powers and responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of the child has in relation to the child and his/her property. Where parents have shared responsibility for a child, the place of residency will be determined as the address where the child resides for the majority of the week, (i.e. where the child wakes up between Monday to Friday). Where the child lives equally with both parents, the address provided for claiming child benefit and, where appropriate, Child Tax Credits, will be applied to the admission application. Distances are measured in a straight line from the centrally plotted Basic Land and Property Unit point (BLPU) of the child’s home address to the centrally plotted BLPU point of the school as defined by Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG).

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