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Schools admission consultation

Published: 23 October 2020

Changes to school admissions – have your say

A consultation proposing changes to the admissions criteria for a number of schools has been launched. Surrey has 92 community and voluntary controlled schools of which 87 currently give some level of priority to children who have the school as their "nearest school".

It is proposed that, for 79 of these schools, the category that gives priority to children who have the school as their nearest school will be removed. This is because, for these schools, use of this category makes no or minimal difference to the pattern of admission to the school.

However, home to school distance isn't being removed as a category for admission. For most schools, after siblings, priority will be based on straight line distance from the home address to the school.

The standard admissions criteria for the majority of community and voluntary controlled schools is proposed to be as follows:

  1. looked after and previously looked after children
  2. exceptional social/medical need
  3. children of a member of staff
  4. siblings
  5. any other children (with priority being based on the straight line distance from the child's home address to the school)

However, a small number of schools with feeder links will retain school specific criteria.

As Surrey only has four community and voluntary controlled secondary schools this mainly affects primary schools.

Please visit the consultation page for full details of the proposal and which schools are affected. The consultation will run until Tuesday 1 December 2020.

Consultation on the admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools for September 2022

This consultation does not apply to academies, foundation or voluntary aided schools which set their own admission criteria.

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