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School admission arrangements


From 13 November to 31 December 2023, we are co-ordinating a consultation on admissions arrangements for 2025 intakes.

Have your say in the school admissions consultation

From Monday 4 December 2023 to Sunday 31 December 2023 we are co-ordinating a consultation on term dates for the 2025-2026 academic year.

Have your say in our term dates consultation

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 schools and UTCs

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

Determined admission arrangements

In-year admissions for the 2023-2024 academic year

September 2024 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 websites. You can find a school here.

Objections to the Schools Adjudicator

Objections to the Schools Adjudicator regarding the admission arrangements determined by admission authorities for the 2024-2025 academic year, had to be made by 15 May 2023.

The contact details are:
Office of the Schools Adjudicator
Bishopsgate House
Email: [email protected] 
To find out more about how to make an objection to school's admission arrangements see Gov.UK.

Co-ordinated admission schemes

Each year we publish a scheme to co-ordinate admission arrangements for the normal admissions rounds and late applications for all publicly funded schools within the local authority area.

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.

September 2024 intakes

Consultation and determination timetable for 2025 admissions



Email from the local authority to schools and trusts asking if any changes are proposed for admissions in September 2025

October 2023

Consultation period for 2025 admission arrangements

November 2023 to January 2024 (actual dates TBC)

Admission authorities to determine (formally agree) their schools' admission arrangements for 2025

By 28 February 2024

Own admission authority (OAA) schools to send determined admission arrangements for 2025 to the local authority

By 15 March 2024

Objections to determined admission arrangements for 2025 to the Schools Adjudicator

By 15 May 2024

Schools to provide the local authority with up-to-date information for inclusion in composite prospectuses for 2025 intakes

By 8 August 2024

Local authority to publish composite prospectuses (primary and secondary) for 2025 intakes

By 12 September 2024

Last updated 08 November 2023