We welcome children from 2-11 years old. We are a Christian school and our supportive, inclusive values are reflected in our admission policy. Our Academy Trust is the admissions authority. The school currently has an admission number of 15 pupils per year group, with 15 children in our EYFS unit. We hope to offer a place to all families who choose St. Oswald’s C.E. Primary School. 

For Nursery places you can apply directly to the school.

For Reception places must be applied for through the Local Authority (Cheshire East/Cheshire West and Chester) for the county in which you reside. Places will be allocated by the Academy Trust on the basis of applications received through the Cheshire East admissions system.  Children are entitled to a full-time place in the September following their fourth birthday. Parents can defer the date their child is admitted to the school until later in the school year but not beyond the point at which they reach compulsory school age and not beyond the beginning of the final term of the school year for which it was made. Where parents wish, children may attend part-time until later in the school year but not beyond the point at which they reach compulsory school age. 

Parents who are considering St. Oswald’s C.E. Primary School for their Reception children should contact the Head Teacher who will be pleased to show them around the school and answer any questions. Parents should complete the online application stating St. Oswald’s as first preference.

In-year admissions will be handled by the academy. A parent may however, still exercise their legal right of appeal if refused a place. 

Oversubscription Criteria for all types of admissions (2018 -19)

Once children with statements of special educational need or an Education and Health Care Plan naming St Oswald's have been admitted then places are allocated in accordance with the order of the following oversubscription criteria which apply when there are more applications than places available:

  •   A ‘cared for child’ is a child who is in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by that local authority (as defined in section 22 of the Children Act 1989).

  •   Children previously ‘cared for’ are children who were ‘cared for’ as defined above, but immediately after being ‘cared for’ became subject to an adoption, child arrangements order (formerly residence order), or special guardianship order. A child arrangements order is as an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live under section 8 of the Children Act 1989 amended by Children and Families Act 2014. Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians).

  1. (ii)  Siblings – pupils with brothers or sisters, step-brothers or step-sisters, foster brother or sisters, half-brothers or half-sisters, adopted brothers or adopted sisters living together as part of one household, already attending the preferred school (in years Reception through to Year 10) and expected to continue at the school in the following school year. (i.e. at the time of admission)

  2. (iii)  Children resident within the designated catchment area of the school.

    Children will be classed within this criterion if they and their parents are resident within the area served by the school. (see notes below)

  3. (iv)  Children attending a school nominated as a feeder/partner primary school for admissions purposes.

  4. (v) Pupils living nearest to the school measured using an Ordnance Survey address-point system which measures straight line distances in miles from the address point of the school to the address point of the place of residence.

An admissions panel including two governors not employed by the academy will apply the oversubscription criteria.

Right of Appeal:

In the event of a decision to refuse a place at the academy , parents have the right to appeal to an independent appeals panel against non-admission. Appeal forms can be requested from 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.

The academy only holds a waiting list until the end of the autumn term and each added child will require the list to be ranked again in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. Priority will not be given on the date the application was received or the date the child’s application was received. Parents are asked to keep in touch to find out if a place has become available after this time. 

Alternatively, you can contact 03000 1235012 for additional information or visit Cheshire East Admissions website here

 Cheshire East’s fair access protocol will be applied alongside our Admissions Policy to secure admission of vulnerable pupils from specific groups. Any parent or carer not offered a place in accordance with preference will have a legal right to appeal using the form below. Please send any appeals directly to the school.


We will be consulting in the autumn for the 2019-20 policy

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A Caring Christian Family Where We Grow Together

St Oswald's Worleston Primary School. Church Road, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 6DP

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