School Admissions

The consultation arrangements for 2022/23 are outlined in the School Admissions Code available at


Plymouth City will be hosting and carry out the consultation for all community, voluntary controlled, trust and voluntary aided schools.


The consultation timetable for Plymouth is attached for your information.


For community and voluntary controlled schools:

The City Council is the admission authority. I have not been made aware of any suggestions for policy change from schools, however, the School Admissions Code is currently under consultation and there are some proposed changes in the School Admissions Code and as such if these are agreed they will need to be placed into the 2022/2023 policies.

The proposed changes are as follows:

  • In-Year Admissions: Within 20 school days of application receipt - proposed change - Within 10 school days of application receipt

  • To be included under Criteria 1 Looked After or Previously Looked After Children: Children who appear to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted. A child is regarded as having been in state care in a place outside of England if they were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation or any other provider of care whose sole purpose is to benefit society.


Details of the 2020/2021 admission arrangements are on our website at

The 2022/2023 arrangements will be published on our website at  on 7 December 2020.

Details of the arrangements for admission for the 2022/2023 academic year can be found here

Details of the arrangements for admission for the 2020/2021 academic year can be found here

Details of the arrangements for admission for the 2019/2020 academic year can be found here

Details of the arrangements for admission for the 2018/2019 academic year can be found here

Information regarding the admission arrangements

Admission authorities must set (‘determine’) admission arrangements annually. Where changes are proposed to admission arrangements, the admission authority must first publicly consult on those arrangements. If no changes are made to admission arrangements, they must be consulted on at least every seven years. Consultation must be for a minimum of eight weeks and must take place between 1st November and 1st March of the year before those arrangements are to apply. This consultation period allows parents, other schools, religious authorities and the local community to raise any concerns about proposed admission arrangements.

Many schools will have more applicants than places, and it is essential that the criteria used to allocate places when a school is oversubscribed are fair, clear, and objective. They must also comply fully with all statutory requirements including the mandatory requirements of the School Admissions Code.

The School Admissions Code provides guidelines on achieving good practice in setting oversubscription criteria for admission authorities to help them ensure that their admission arrangements are fair to all children and their families, and promote social equity rather than working against it. It also identifies oversubscription criteria that are unfair and must not be used.

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