Statutory guidance

School admissions code

This publication was withdrawn on 19 December 2014

This document has been replaced by the updated ‘School admission code’.

Statutory guidance that schools must follow when carrying out duties relating to school admissions.



This statutory guidance is for:

  • headteachers and school leaders
  • school staff
  • governing bodies
  • local authorities
  • admission authorities of maintained schools as defined in section 88(1) (a) and (b) of the School Standards and Framework Act (SSFA) 1998
  • schools adjudicators
  • admission appeal panels

It applies to:

  • maintained schools
  • academies and free schools

It covers:

  • admission arrangements
  • applications and offers
  • ensuring fairness and resolving issues
  • relevant legislation

It also features an admissions timeline for the 2013 to 2014 academic year.

It should be read alongside the ‘School admission appeals code’.