Admission Consultation

School Admission Arrangements 2019/20

In considering changes to the 2019/20 admission arrangements for community schools the Council ran:

A listening and engagement exercise: July – August 2017

A formal consultation in line with the School Admissions Code:  6th November - 15th December 2017

The next stages after the discussions

The cabinet report and appendices in relation to community school admission arrangements for academic year 2019/20 have now been published and can be viewed here.

This report provides the full recommendations being made, plus full statistical feedback from the surveys in regards to all community schools.

Once approved the Council will then determine their arrangements by 28th February 2018, as required by the School Admissions Code 2014.

Admission arrangements for all schools will be published on the Council’s website within a composite prospectus by the 15th March 2018. Own admission Authorities will also publish their own arrangements on their schools website.

Objections once the process is complete

Any objections to the determined arrangements must be made to the Schools Adjudicator. Objections can be made from the 15th March 2018 to 15th May 2018. Further details will be available on the public notice on 15th March 2018.

(refer: 3.3 School admissions Code 2014)

‘Any person or body who considers that any maintained school or Academy’s arrangements are unlawful, or not in compliance with the Code or relevant law relating to admissions, can make an objection to the Schools Adjudicator.

The following types of objections cannot be brought:

a) objections that seek to remove selective arrangements at a maintained school (which are permitted under Section 105 to 109 of the SSFA 1988) or a selective Academy;

b) objections about own authority admission’s decision to increase or keep the same PAN;

c) objections about a decision by the admission authority of a voluntary controlled or community school to increase or keep the same PAN, unless the objection is brought by the governing body of the school;

d) objections in respect of an agreed variation from the Code in relation to admission arrangements for an Academy;

e) objections to arrangements which raise the same or substantially the same matters as the adjudicator has decided on for that school in the last 2 years; and

f) anonymous objections’


Page last updated: 23/01/2018