Determined admission arrangements 2022-23
- The relevant area for consultation on school admission arrangements
- Co-ordinated admission scheme
- Community and voluntary controlled schools
- Voluntary aided and foundation schools, free schools and academies
If you think that any maintained school or academy’s arrangements are unlawful or not in compliance with the School Admissions Code (external link) or law relating to admissions, you can make an objection to the Schools Adjudicator through the GOV.UK website. You have until 15 May 2021 to contact the adjudicator if you have an objection.
Each local authority is required to define a 'relevant area' in which admission authorities must consult annually on their proposed admission arrangements.
The relevant area is determined after a consultation with local admission authorities and is reviewed periodically. A report was presented and approved by Cabinet on 1 February 2018 and the relevant area was confirmed for consultations relating to school years 2020/21, 2021/22 and 2022/23.
- Determination of relevant area for consultation (PDF 95 KB)
A report was presented to the Cabinet on 4 February 2021 and the relevant area determined for consultations relating to school years 2023/24; 2024/25 and 2025/26.
Lancashire has a co-ordinated admissions scheme which applies to families seeking school places for September 2022.
The scheme makes applying for a secondary school place more transparent for all parties involved in the admission process. As co-ordination is a legal requirement, all Lancashire schools are included within the arrangements.
The aim of the co-ordinated scheme is to provide all parents with an offer of a single school place on the same day.
Lancashire County Council is the admissions authority for community and voluntary controlled schools. There is one admissions policy for all these schools.
- Primary community and voluntary controlled schools - determined admission arrangements and number for 2022/23
- Secondary community and voluntary controlled schools - determined admission arrangements and numbers for 2022/23
These schools are their own admission authorities and set their own admission policies.
Determined admission arrangements from these schools will be added as we receive them. All schools must determine their arrangements on or by 28 February 2021 and send them to us by 15 March 2021.
Update on faith commitment and church attendance which has been affected by the Coronavirus - Church of England Schools and Academies
Due to the closure of church buildings for public worship from 1 March 2020, Church of England Schools and Academies were asked to make a variation to their previously Determined Admission Arrangements for 2021 if they included Church Attendance as part of their Over Subscription Criteria. Advice and guidance on how to make that variation come from the Church of England Education Office in consultation with the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) and the Department for Education.
A standard wording was agreed with the OSA to clarify the application of the attendance requirement for schools and to request a variation to their admissions arrangements for this specific situation. The variation is in fact a clarification as to how church attendance is to be calculated in these unique circumstances. That agreed wording reads:
“In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these [admissions] arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship”.
All Diocesan Schools and Academies were asked to request a variation from the OSA (or RSC in case of academies) which adds this clarification into their Admission Arrangements 2021. This process was administered by the Diocesan Boards of Education.
Any School or Academy that had the variation to its 2021 Admission Arrangements agreed by the OSA or RSC has kept the variation as part of its 2022 Admission Arrangements. This is in order to cover the on-going possibilities of church buildings not being able to host fully-accessible public worship throughout the 2022 admission cycle. Whilst a number of church buildings have been open for public worship since September 2020, many of these have done so with restricted access in terms of numbers, whilst other churches have decided to keep their buildings closed. The variation in the Admission Arrangements covers these eventualities. Please note that the variation does not allow any circumstance for the attendance at any on-line public worship event to be used within the determination of whether someone has met the faith criteria as set out in the school or academy Admission Arrangements.