All schools must have an Admissions Policy. This is a policy 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. The policy must comply with Department of Education regulations and consider guidance from the Liverpool Diocese Board of Education
Church Schools and Admissions
The Liverpool Diocese Board of Education encourages schools to welcome children and young people from across its communities, seeking to ensure that all staff, children, and young people experience schools as a place of “life in all its fullness” John 10:10.
The responsibility for writing, implementing, and reviewing Admissions Policies lies with the Admissions Authorities.
For Voluntary Aided Schools (V.A.) and Academy’s governors are the Admissions Authorities.
For Voluntary Controlled School (V.C) is the Local Authority (L.A.) ( The Diocese is happy to help and support the same it does for V.A and Academy Schools).
When writing, and reviewing polices governors MUST follow the Schools Admissions Code and take into account the guidance from the Liverpool Diocese Board of Education.
The Church of England Education Office has developed an online tool called the Admissions Builder. This allow schools to input its personal information around vision, logo and over Subscription criteria and the Admissions Builder will produce your admissions policy.
If Admissions Authorities want to make any changes (that aren’t a requirement of the Law) to their policy then the only way to do this is via a public consultation (see below for timeline).
The law requires you to consult with (pg 18 of the Admissions Code):
- parents of children between the ages of two and eighteen;
- other persons in the relevant area who in the opinion of the admission authority have an interest in the proposed admissions;
- all other admission authorities within the relevant area (except that primary schools need not consult secondary schools);
- whichever of the governing body and the local authority who are not the admission authority;
- any adjoining neighbouring local authorities where the admission authority is the local authority
- In the case of schools designated with a religious character, the body or person representing the religion or religious denomina
June – Sept 2023 – Governors to look at Admissions Policy, see if changes are needed, check when last public consultation was and decide if they are consulting or not consulting year.
|You MUST inform the Board of Education prior to public consultation (email@example.com)||
If no changes are needed, and you have consulted within the last 7 years, Admissions Policy can be determined by governors
|1st Oct 2023- 31st Jan 2024 – Consultation Period – more details in the Admissions Code (Sept 2021 part 1.47)|
|6th Feb 2024 (or before) - inform the Board of Education of any changes made in light of the Public Consultation|
|28th Feb 2024 - all Admission Arrangements must be determined||28th Feb 2024 - all Admission Arrangements must be determined|
|15th March 2024 - last date to put policy on website and to inform LA/ Diocese||15th March 2024 - last date to put policy on website and to inform LA/ Diocese|
Further Help and Support
For further information, or to consult on proposed admission arrangements or to send determined Admission Policy’s please contact
Rev Dawn Harrison
Diocesan Schools’ Adviser (Governance and Admissions)
Telephone - 0151 705 2177