Admission arrangements


We realise that choosing a school is one of the most important decisions that parents and carers make on behalf of their children.  School websites, Ofsted reports and league tables are informative but only tell part of a school's story... 

It is essential that you choose a school that is right for your child - not only academically but socially and emotionally - and this can best be done by seeing the school in action, as it is day in, day out, and not just during a 'one-off' open day.

We are very proud of our school and welcome all prospective parents and carers to visit us and experience how our children are educated and cared for. Please contact the school office to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Here’s a reminder of our school’s values…

Lindow’s Values

·  We strive to achieve the highest standards in all areas for each individual

·  We provide a nurturing, caring environment where every member is valued

·  We take pride in our school, our work and our relationships with each other

·  We aim to develop well-rounded and confident individuals who are ready for the next stage in their education and who 

    make a positive contribution to British society


Application Process (for all maintained Cheshire East primary schools see here)

Lindow Community Primary School follows Cheshire East Local Authority’s Policy for Admissions, click here to view this policy in full. Our school’s Pupil Admission Number (PAN) is 30 children.

Children reach compulsory school age at the beginning of the term following their 5th birthday. Under the Council’s policy, however, children may start school the September following their 4th birthday. 

Parents have a right to choose which school their child attends regardless of where they live and we do admit a number of children from out of our zone but admission depends upon the availability of places. 

As required by law, Cheshire East Council makes arrangements for parents and carers to express their preference for the school where they wish their child to be educated and an opportunity to give reasons for their preference before any places are offered.

All preferences must be made in writing and those made in accordance with the Council’s arrangements will be met except where this would prejudice efficient education or the efficient use of resources, i.e. where the year group in question is full. Applications for schools that are oversubscribed will be considered in accordance with the relevant published oversubscription criteria. (Application can be made on-line here)

All preferences will be considered on the basis of the equal preference model for allocating places. This means that all preferences listed by parents and carers will initially be considered without reference to the preference ranking. Where a pupil can potentially be offered more than one place, the single offer made by the local authority will be for the school ranked highest on the application form.

The academic year runs from September 1st to August 31st. This means that the majority of children will be four years old when they start school. Before they start school in September, they have the opportunity to visit several times to meet everyone and find out where everything is. Linked to these visits are meetings for new parents at which they can meet the staff and discuss how to make the transition to school easier for their children. 

Our local offer for Special Education Needs children can be found here.


If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.