Admissions and Appeals
Exeter Diocesan Board of Education
Admission and Appeal Guidance for own admission authorities – Voluntary Aided and Foundation Schools and Academies:
Link to School Admissions Code:
Link to School Admissions Appeals Code:
The majority of Church of England Schools were established in the 19th Century to provide education for ‘the poor of the Parish’ and to offer a distinctively Christian education to all those who desire it, and being inclusive of those of all faiths and of none.
The governing body is the admissions authority for VA and foundation schools and the academy trust for academies. There is a statutory duty to act in accordance with the relevant provisions of the School Admissions Code and the School Admissions Appeals Code when setting admission arrangements and it is the responsibility of the admission authority to ensure compliance with the codes
Objections to admission arrangements can be made to the Schools Adjudicator whose decisions are binding on the admission authority and it will be up to that authority to implement those decisions.
Admission arrangements must be fair, clear and objective and easy for parents to understand. All admission authorities must consult for at least 8 weeks between November 1st and March 1st if there are any changes to the admission arrangements. When there are no changes it is only necessary to consult once every 7 years.
Regardless of any changes all admission authorities must determine their admission arrangements by 15th April each year and notify the Local Authority by 1st May each year. The arrangements will also need to be posted onto the website following determination.
The DBE recommends that governing bodies must consider the admissions arrangements on an annual basis at the start of the new academic year. This includes agreeing on the published admission number (PAN) for the school. There is not a requirement to consult on an increase in PAN but the Local Authority must be notified. However, there must be consultation if there is a proposed decrease in PAN.
The governing body must consult in the first instance and on an annual basis with the Exeter Diocesan Board of Education on all admissions arrangements and supplementary information forms. All admissions arrangements are required to be sent by 1st October to allow sufficient time for responses to be sent before a wider statutory consultation.
Training for admissions and appeals is offered throughout the year. We recommend that all governors involved in admissions attend training. Please contact the EDBE to discuss bespoke training which we can deliver to your school. A model policy and supplementary information form is available on request.
Please contact the EDBE if you would like advice on school admission appeals & a guidance booklet is available on request.
Please email Christina Mabin for further information.
School Admissions and Governance Adviser