All schools must have ‘Admission Arrangements’ that clearly set out how children will be admitted, including the criteria that will be applied if there are more applications than places at the school. This is commonly referred to as the ‘oversubscription criteria’. Admission arrangements are determined by ‘Admission Authorities’, who, in the case of Voluntary Aided Schools and Academies, are the governing boards for the school.
As the admissions authority, the governing board must agree and set appropriate admissions criteria, and then ensure that these criteria are properly and fairly administered, and also receive any appeals and respond appropriately. Administering and managing the admissions process is a serious undertaking which is tightly governed by legislation, as set out in the Schools Admissions Code. The Diocesan Board of Education is here to help by offering support and advice to governing boards to help ensure that admissions arrangements are legal and appropriate.
All schools to whom the Schools Admissions Code applies must consult with the Diocesan Board of Education prior to the general consultation.
For further information, or to consult on proposed admission arrangements
Diocesan Schools’ Adviser (Governance and Admissions)