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Learn how admissions authorities set admissions criteria, how the consultation process works and the deadline for consulting on changes.

Guidance in this article is taken from the School Admissions Code 2021. The code applies to maintained schools and academies in England. It does not apply to maintained special schools. 

Who's responsible for setting admissions arrangements?

Your school's admissions authority is responsible for formally agreeing admission arrangements every year, even if they haven't changed from previous years. 

This is explained in paragraphs 1.49 and 1.50 of the admissions code. 

Type of school Who is the admission authority?
Academies Academy trust
Community schools Local authority
Foundation schools Governing board
Voluntary aided schools Governing board
Voluntary controlled schools Local authority

If you're in a voluntary aided or foundation school, or an academy, you may be asked to sit on a committee to help determine admission arrangements. 

How admissions criteria are set

If your school is undersubscribed, every child that requests a place will get one (unless you're a grammar school). 

If your school is oversubscribed, admissions criteria are used to help allocate places at your school. 

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