The window for consulting on admission arrangements for the 2021 intake opens on 1 October 2019, which means that now is the time to review them for compliance and think about any changes you wish to make to ensure they work for your school. Many schools are now choosing to include priority for children of staff and/or disadvantaged children.
The School Admissions Code 2014 (Code) governs admission to schools/academies and sets the timetable for consultation/determination. 'Admission arrangements' includes not only policies, but all other admission related documents.
Under the Code, highest priority must be given to looked after/previously looked after children, however this only applies to children who are/were in care in England or Wales. The DfE has recently published its intention to amend the Code to include children who were previously in care elsewhere (including overseas) and are encouraging schools to voluntarily give them second highest priority in the interim, in view of the lengthy lead in time. Such a change would require consultation.
VWV admission specialist, Joanna Goddard, regularly reviews admission arrangements for schools/academies and is running an Admission Workshop in VWV's London office on Wednesday, 2 October 2019, from 2.00pm to 4.15pm. For more details and to book your place, please visit the Event Page on VWV's website.