School admissions policies

Admissions authorities must consult with the public to make changes to their policies. If there are no changes, they must still consult every seven years.

We are the admissions authority for community and controlled schools.

Foundation, aided, free schools and academies are their own admissions authority.

For the current arrangements, use our directory to find a school.

To find out more about how we deal with school admissions applications, read our school admissions schemes.

Consultation dates for 2023-24 policies

  • 1 October 2021 to 31 January 2022 – schools consult on their admissions policies if they wish
  • 28 February 2022 - arrangements must be formally determined
  • 15 March 2022 - arrangements must be published
  • 15 May 2022 - deadline for objections to the schools adjudicator

Admissions authorities may consult any time within the consultation period. 

Find the list of schools currently consulting on their admission arrangements.

What happens next?

Once the consultation has closed, all responses will help to determine the school's final arrangements.

If you believe a school’s new arrangements to be unlawful, you can object to the schools adjudicator. You must do this by 15 May. For more information, visit Gov.uk.