Secondary school place applications are becoming more competitive each year.
Parents and students face anxious waits to find out where they will be taught, with many not gaining a place at their first choice.
Christleton High School was the most oversubscribed secondary school in Cheshire with 660 applicants last year for 200 spots.
It also had the highest ratio of first choice preferences to openings with 1.3 per place.
Schools base their admissions criteria on a range of factors.
These include how close each applicant lives, whether a sibling is enrolled already and which primary school they went to.
Academies can set their own criteria as long as they comply to the School Admissions Code.
Pupils applying for St Thomas More Catholic High School in Crewe needed to live about 10 minutes walk away, or 0.53 miles, based on the distance of the last place given for September 2015.
Overall the school had two applications for each place, with estimates based on a walking speed of three miles per hour.
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