Admissions policy: model and examples

Download and adapt our model admissions policy or use our admissions policy checklist, both of which meet the requirements of the School Admissions Code 2021. See example admissions policies from schools, trusts and a local authority.

Last reviewed on 5 December 2023See updates
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Statutory/mandatory for:
Maintained schools
Free schools
  1. Download our model policy
  2. Examples from a local authority and schools

Download our model policy

Maintained schools and academies are required to have an admissions policy.

Our model admissions policy is designed for you to adapt to suit your school's context. It has been approved by Forbes Solicitors.

Model policy: admissions (schools) DOC, 241.0 KB

Please note: this model policy has been made for maintained schools and academies. If you're in a different type of setting – for example, a pupil referral unit (PRU) or non-maintained special school – this policy may need adapting to meet any requirements or considerations specific to your context.

Changes made in line with the School Admissions Code 2021 We updated the following sections of our policy in line with the School Admissions Code 2021: Section Reason for change 3. Definitions Updated definition for previously looked-after children to include children who were in care outside of England 6.3 Oversubscription criteria Removal of reference to pupils

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