This article is based on the DfE's statutory guidance School Admissions Code 2021.
Who can increase the PAN
If your LA is the admission authority, they're responsible for setting the PAN. This applies to:
- Maintained schools
- Voluntary controlled schools
If you want to increase your PAN, you can ask your LA.
If you are your own admission authority, you can set your own PAN. This applies to:
- Foundation schools
- Voluntary aided schools
See the table on page 6 of the School Admissions Code.
How to decide whether to increase the PAN
Consider the impact of increasing your PAN on your school buildings and staff by asking yourself these questions:
Is there enough physical space?
It's not just about an extra classroom and lesson resources – you also need to make sure your school has adequate:
Do you have capacity in