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School admission arrangements

School admission arrangements are determined annually by the school’s admission authority, even if they have not changed from the previous year.

We are the admission authority for all community and voluntary controlled schools in the area. Other types of schools have their own admission authority:

  • The governing body is the admission authority for foundation and voluntary aided schools
  • The academy trust is the admission authority for academies, free school and UTCs

Admission authorities of schools wishing to make changes to their admission arrangements must publicly consult on the changes before determination.


We are now consulting on the admission arrangements for Community and Voluntary Controlled schools for the 2023-24 academic year. The consultation has been extended and will now run from 8 November to 31 December 2021.

Determined admission arrangements

September 2021 intakes

September 2022 intakes

The admission arrangements for own admission authority (OAA) schools (foundation and voluntary aided schools, academies, free schools and UTCs) are displayed on the individual school website, which you can find via the schools directory.

Co-ordinated admission schemes

We publish co-ordinated admission arrangements for the normal admissions round (Reception, Year 3 and Year 7), including late applications, for all publicly funded schools in the local authority area every year.

Composite prospectuses

Admission arrangements for all schools in the council area, and information on how to apply for a school place, can be found in the composite prospectuses.

2022-23 intakes

Consultation and determination timetable for 2023



Email from the local authority to schools and trusts asking if any changes are proposed for admissions in September 2023

September 2021

Consultation period for 2023 admission arrangements

8 November to 19 December 2021

Admission authorities to determine (formally agree) their schools' admission arrangements for 2023

By 28 February 2022

Own admission authority (OAA) schools to send determined admission arrangements for 2023 to the local authority

By 15 March 2022

Objections to determined admission arrangements for 2023 to the Schools Adjudicator

By 15 May 2022

Schools to provide the local authority with up-to-date information for inclusion in composite prospectuses for 2023 intakes

By July 2022

Local authority to publish composite prospectuses (primary and secondary) for 2023 intakes

By 12 September 2022

Last updated 23 November 2021