School Admissions

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School Admissions

Schools Admissions

All schools have admission criteria to decide which children get places. The school or local council usually set these, and admission criteria are different for each school. If you have not been able to get your child into your school of choice, there is an appeal process which you can follow.

The Schools Admission Appeals Code sets time frames and in depth-details of the Appeal Process.

Service children moving to a new area as an ‘in year’ application may be considered as a permitted exception to the Infant Class Size Legislation (which states that there must be no more than 30 pupils with one teacher). It is always worth asking for your original application to be considered under this exception if you are applying for a Year R, Year 1 or Year 2 place.

Key points from the School Admissions Appeals Code:

  • Oversubscription Criteria 1.8 – criteria must be clear, fair and ensure no particular social or racial groups are disadvantaged
  • 1.9 specifically paragraphs 1.39 – 1.39B – priority may be given to, amongst others, those who receive Service Premium.
  • Maintained Boarding Schools 1.41 – boarding schools must give priority in their oversubscription criteria to, amongst others, Service children who qualify for MOD assistance with the cost of boarding school fees.
  • Children of UK service personnel (UK Armed Forces) 2.18 – authorities must accept a unit or quartering area address if needed and must ensure the Service child faces no unfair disadvantage. You can read the School Admissions Appeals Code in full here.

If you have a particular problem with admissions to schools, please contact the Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) on 01980 618 244 or you can email