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Admission arrangements

Consultation

When changes are proposed to admission arrangements, all admission authorities must consult on their admission arrangements (including supplementary forms) that will apply for admission applications for the following school year at the normal point of entry. Where the admission arrangements have not changed from the previous year there is no requirement to consult subject to the requirement that admission authorities must consult on their admission arrangements at least once every 7 years, even if there have been no changes during that period.

Determined admission arrangements

The school admission regulations 2012 require admission authorities to set (‘determine’) admission arrangements annually. For entry in 2022 and for subsequent years, all admission authorities must have determined their admission arrangements by 28 February each year.

Once arrangements have been determined, any objections to them must be referred in writing to the Schools Adjudicator. For entry in 2022 objections must be referred by 15 May in the year of entry. The Schools Adjudicator can be contacted at The Office of the Schools Adjudicator, Bishopsgate House, Feethams, Darlington, DL1 5QE. You can also contact them by email at [email protected].

Once admission arrangements have been determined for a particular school year, they cannot be revised by the admission authority unless such revision is necessary to give effect to a mandatory requirement of the code, admission law, a determination of the Adjudicator or any misprint in the admission arrangements.

Variation of admission arrangements

Schools must vary their admission arrangements to include the following information within their admission arrangements from September 2021.

The 2021 School Admissions Code requires children who appear (to the admission authority) to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted to be given equal first priority in admission arrangements, alongside looked after children (LAC) and children who were previously looked after by English local authorities.

Schools may have been unable to update their policies before the Guide for Parents was issued in line with the statutory requirement for it to be available by 12 September. The Guide will continue to be updated throughout the year as policies are received from admission authorities in Darlington.

Admission Arrangements 2022-23 [pdf document]

Co-ordinated scheme

Each year all local authorities must formulate and publish on their website a scheme by 1 January in the relevant determination year. The scheme must detail how the authority co-ordinates the admission arrangements for all publicly funded schools within their area.

Local authority report

Local authorities must produce an annual report for all the schools in their area for which they co-ordinate admissions.