School admissions consultation 2020-2021

PLEASE NOTE - Consultation will be available from 1 October until 25 November 2018.

Summary of consultation on admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools 2020-2021

Period of consultation: 1 October 2018 to 25 November 2018.

This consultation invites you to give your views about the proposed admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools in Nottinghamshire for 2020-2021. 

Background information

Admission authorities

There are different types of schools in Nottinghamshire. The County Council is the admission authority for community and voluntary controlled schools. This means that we are responsible for the admission arrangements for these schools.

Other types of schools - academies, foundation, studio, trust and voluntary aided schools are own admission authorities. These schools are responsible for their own admission arrangements and have to run their own consultation. You would need to visit individual school websites for details.

Admission arrangements including oversubscription criteria

All schools must have admission arrangements that clearly set out how children will be admitted, including information about what happens if there are more applications than places available (oversubscription criteria).

All admission authorities must include the oversubscription criteria in their arrangements.  The criteria must be reasonable, clear, objective, procedurally fair, and comply with all relevant legislation, including equalities legislation.

It is for admission authorities to decide which criteria are most suitable for the school according to the local circumstances.  

Nottinghamshire community and voluntary controlled schools have defined catchment areas and people living in these areas have high priority for places.  This supports parents who wish their children to attend a local publicly funded school. 

This does not prevent parents who live outside the catchment area of a school, or even outside Nottinghamshire, from expressing a preference for that school. 

Children living in the catchment area with a brother or sister (sibling) attending the school are given priority over children living outside the catchment area.  Children living outside the catchment area with a brother or sister attending the school are given priority over all other children living outside the catchment area.

What is included in the consultation?

Nottinghamshire County Council is consulting on admission arrangements 2020-2021 for community and voluntary controlled schools within Nottinghamshire. 

These arrangements are relevant for children who will be starting primary school, moving to junior school, moving to secondary school and children transferring school during the school year 2020-2021.

You will find full proposed admission arrangements in the consultation document, including:

  • Section 1 – the overall procedures and practices that are used to decide how places are allocated (oversubscription criteria)
  • Section 2 - proposed admission number (PAN): the number of places that can be allocated in the year group
  • Section 3 - qualifying scheme: how we coordinate the arrangements for the admission of pupils to primary and secondary schools in Nottinghamshire
  • Section 4 - how in-year applications are processed. 

Who do we consult with?

We will be seeking the views of the following groups:

  • parents of children between the ages of two and eighteen
  • other people in the area who may have an interest in the proposed admission arrangements
  • all other admission authorities within the relevant area
  • all community and voluntary controlled schools in Nottinghamshire
  • chairs of governing bodies of Nottinghamshire schools
  • diocesan representatives (relevant religious authorities)
  • admission authorities in neighbouring local authority areas
  • all registered early years providers within Nottinghamshire.

You will be able to give your views on the consultation between 1 October 2018 and 25 November 2018.

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