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School admissions consultation 2020-2021

Consultation will be available from 21 November until 15 January 2019.

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

Background information

Admission authorities

All schools must have admission arrangements that clearly set out how children will be admitted, including the criteria that will be applied if there are more applications than places available.  Where changes are proposed to admission arrangements, the admission authority must first publicly consult on those arrangements.

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, free, 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 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. 

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 [PDF].

You will be able to give your views on the consultation between 21 November 2018 and 15 January 2019

Anyone can comment on the arrangements.  If you wish to respond, you can do this by 15 January 2019 by:

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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