This article is based on the DfE's statutory guidance School Admissions Code 2021.
Consultation isn't required if you are your own admission authority
This applies if you're:
- An academy
- A foundation school
- A voluntary aided school
See the table in paragraph 11 of the School Admissions Code.
Although you're not required to consult on your PAN where you propose to increase it or keep it the same, many schools still choose to do this when considering an increase.
However, you must:
- Notify your local authority (LA)
- Make reference to any changes to your PAN on your school website
See paragraph 1.3 to 1.4 (page 9) of the School Admissions Code.
Note the requirements are different if you want to reduce your published admission number (PAN).
LAs can propose an increase for your school
If your LA is the admission authority, they're responsible for setting the PAN.
This applies to: