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Schools: Admissions

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL5716, tabled on 1 February 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support objections to a school’s admissions arrangements if those objections have been upheld.

Answered on

12 February 2016

The School Admissions Code exists to ensure that places in all state funded schools are allocated in a fair and transparent manner. It is particularly important that parents feel confident that their concerns are listened to and acted upon.

The Government has recently announced its intention to change its policy, to ensure that the adjudication process is focused on dealing with the concerns of those who have a direct interest in the fairness of the admission arrangements of their local school. The adjudication process should not be delayed by the need to also consider large numbers of objections referred by interest groups from outside the area.

These changes will be subject to a full public consultation and parliamentary approval.