Admission & Appeals

Guidance on Admissions to Church Schools

The responsibility for determining the admissions policy and arrangements, including setting admissions criteria, in Voluntary Aided schools, Foundation Schools, Academies and Free Schools rests with the school governing body/Academy Trust. In Voluntary Controlled schools the Local Authority (LA) is the admissions authority and is responsible for determining the admissions policy and arrangements, including setting admissions criteria, but if it so chooses the LA may delegate some responsibilities for admissions to the school governing body.

Admission Policies

Aided schools are now required to consult with the Board of Education before going to statutory consultation. Policies should be sent to Helen Tyler at Church House. Schools will not normally need to consult for the following seven years if they have undertaken consultation for the admission year 2013 and are not proposing to make any changes to their determined policy.

However, in order to better assist schools with the ever-changing admissions scene schools should send a copy of their proposed policy to Helen before the end of October each year, together with any supplementary information form that they use. This policy will be for the admissions round commencing in the Autumn of the second year ahead. e.g. October 2013 for 2015 admissions round.

The document, Membership of Churches Together in Greater Manchester and Locally, indicates the range of churches to be considered when applications are received for admission on the grounds of church attendance.

School Admissions Code 

The latest Admissions Code was published in December 2014. This Code applies to all admissions from that date. Download the Code here.

Coordinated Admissions

The School Admissions (Co-ordination of Admission Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2012, as amended in 2014, which is available at


Coordinated admission is the government statutory initiative which provides an easier process for allocating each child a place at either a primary or secondary school. Voluntary aided schools, foundation schools, academies and free schools retain their admissions role, but the LA etc. Voluntary aided schools, foundation schools, academies and free schools are advised to liaise with their LAs and to send their determined admission arrangements to their LA by 15 March each year, even when no changes have been made.

Where changes are proposed, there must be consultation on the proposed changes, as required by the School Admissions Code. Copies of your Local Authority's Co-ordinated Scheme for Admissions must be published on the LA's website each year. The LA is also required to publish each year a composite prospectus setting out the admissions arrangements (including any supplementary forms) for each of the state-funded schools in the LA's area.


PDF Resources


At the beginning of June 2015, Stephen Mercer, our Governor Adviser, held training on the Admissions Code. Here are the hand outs and questions that were asked at the training:

Please contact Helen Tyler for any further information.



School Admission Appeals Code 

A new statutory Admission Appeals Code came into force in 2012. Download the code here.

Appeals Panels


Voluntary aided and Foundation school governing bodies and Academy Trusts are responsible for setting up independent appeals panels, including advertising for and training panel members. In practice most LAs will undertake this work for the schools.


School Admission Appeal arrangements should be as simple and clear as possible. Training is available to schools on the appeals process and the organization and presentation of the school’s case. Contact Malcolm Finney for further information and advice.


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