Admissions arrangements (statutory)

Admissions arrangements (statutory)

Applies to:

MS, Acad, FS


The School Admissions Code applies to all schools.  The Local Authority sets admission arrangements for Community and Voluntary Controlled schools, Voluntary Aided, Foundation and Academies determine their own arrangements.


Full governing board or a committee of the governing board where the school is an admissions authority.

Review frequency: Arrangements to be determined annually.  Any changes must be consulted on and where no changes are made, consultation is required at least every seven years. 

Local Guidance: 

The Local Authority admissions policies for community and voluntary controlled schools and the determined admissions policies for voluntary aided and foundation schools can be found at the following link:

Determined admissions policies for voluntary aided and foundation schools

Download the Admissions Arrangements September 2023 consultation

DfE Guidance:

Statutory Schools Admissions Code

Schools Admission Appeals Code

Schools and colleges administration and finance


Academies - Applies directly to academies and free schools via their funding agreements.

Maintained schools -

Section 88C of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998

School Admissions (Admission Arrangements and Co-ordination of Admission Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2012.

It is a REQUIREMENT to publish this information on the School’s website.

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