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Guidance

Fair access protocols in school admissions

Guidance setting out the principles by which children without a school place are found one as quickly as possible.

Documents

Fair access protocols in school admissions

Fair access protocols: case studies

Details

It is for:

  • school leaders and headteachers
  • school staff
  • governing bodies
  • trustees
  • academy sponsors
  • local authorities

It applies to:

  • local-authority-maintained schools
  • academies and free schools

The guidance explains:

  • the duties of schools and local authorities in relation to the ‘School admissions code’
  • how to escalate disputes about individual cases
  • how local authorities can request a direction for an academy to admit a particular child

Local authorities can request a direction from the Secretary of State using the appropriate form:

You should only request a direction as a last resort.