School Admissions

School Admissions

CategoryArticles Author Annabel Lee, Michelle Pratley Date

This note on school admissions sets out the statutory framework and the main issues relating to
school admissions. It considers the Schools Admissions Code; the powers and duties of local
authorities and schools’ own admission authorities in determining admission arrangements; the
use of published admission numbers (PAN) and oversubscription criteria; the application and
offer process for school places; and the timetable for school admissions.

The note also considers the schools adjudicator, the use of Fair Access Protocols and government
powers of direction to admit a child to a school. It includes an examination of the special
provisions in place for offers to school children with special educational needs (SEN), looked after
children, previously excluded children and in-year admissions.

The note does not include school admission appeals, since these are covered in a separate note
(see Practice note, School admission appeals).

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