The Local Authority (LA) is responsible for the control of admissions to the school and this will be coordinated by them. By law, children have to start school by the beginning of the school term after their fifth birthday (this is when they reach compulsory school age). 

The number of places available is determined by the physical capacity of the school and is called the ‘Agreed Admissions number’. Our published admissions number is 22. The LA, in consultation with the Headteacher, may set a higher figure for a particular year group. The law gives parents the right to state a preference for any school, but not automatic choice. If your preference is Ashton Hayes Primary School, a place will be offered if there are vacancies. In 2022/23 if the school is over-subscribed, the following criteria will be taken into account in the order listed below:

Children in the care of Cheshire West and Chester Council.
Current Family Association (sibling link)
Health and Special Access Reasons
Nearness of children’s homes and ease of access to schools ‘using the distance between the child’s permanent address and the school, measured in a straight-line using ordnance survey address point data.

How old your child should be when they start school

Most children begin primary school at the start of the school year in which they reach school age (5 years old). All schools must admit children from the September following their 4th birthday.

A school year runs from September to the following August.

How to apply

You apply online at:

Cheshire West and Chester Residents Only

You can express up to three preferences for any English Authority School/s.

You cannot express a preference for a school in Wales, Scotland, Ireland or abroad using this facility. Please contact the relevant authority.

In addition, you cannot apply for a place at an Independent (Private) School using this facility. Please contact the school directly.

If you are resident in Wales, Scotland, Ireland or abroad and wish to apply for a school in Cheshire West and Chester please proceed using this facility. You must however state your current address and not a future address.

If you are resident in another English Authority you must apply via your home local authority even if your preference is for a Cheshire West and Chester School.

Closing date for secondary school applications: 31 October 2022 

Closing date for primary school applications: 15 January 2023

Once you have completed your application please do not forget to submit your application.

If you have any difficulties with this process please contact the authority on 0300 123 7039.

Applying for an In Year admission

Please follow this link if your child is already at school and you would for them to transfer to Ashton Hayes Primary School.



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