How admissions work

All schools must have arrangements that clearly set out how children will be admitted. This will include the criteria that will be applied if there are more applications than available places.

Admission arrangements must be set annually. Where changes are proposed, the admission authority must publicly consult.

Timeline for setting arrangements

Consultation (if required) takes place between 1 October and 31 January for a minimum of 6 weeks in the school year before the arrangements apply.

Arrangements must be finalised by 28 February

Objections must be made by 15 May (see Objecting to the admission arrangements below)

The arrangements and any supplementary information must be published by 12 September in the offer year.

Consultation 2022–23

Admission authorities were consulting on changes to arrangements for 2022 – 23 for a minimum of 6 weeks prior to 31 January 2021.

Find out who was consulting and what their proposals were on our consultations page.

Final admission arrangements 2022–23

Final arrangements will be available to view from 15 March 2021

Objecting to admissions arrangements

Objections to any of the admissions arrangements can be made to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) by 15 May each year. Please visit the OSA website for more information.


If you have any questions about the consultation process please contact the Admissions and Transport Team.