School Admissions Consultation 2022-2023

Nottinghamshire County Council's consultation on arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools is now closed

View a summary of consultation on admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools 2022-2023

Nottinghamshire County Council consulted on its admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools in Nottinghamshire between 5 October 2020 until 29 November 2020.  This consultation enabled you to give your views about the proposed changes to admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools in Nottinghamshire for 2022-2023. 

All responses received by 29 November 2020 will be considered.  Elected members (County Councillors) make a decision on behalf of Nottinghamshire taking into account a range of information, including the consultation responses.  All admission authorities have to agree the admission arrangements that are most suitable according to the local circumstances.

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 if changes are proposed.  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.

The School Admissions Code 2014 (1.45) states that the full proposed admission arrangements must be available on the website for the duration of the consultation period.

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