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Determined admission arrangements

2022 to 2023

Background to the consultation

Plymouth City Council is the admission authority for all community and voluntary controlled nursery, primary, junior and secondary schools in Plymouth. Schools that are Academies, Foundation, Free, Trust or Voluntary Aided aren't under the control of the Council. The admission authority for these schools will be either the governors of the school, or where the school is part of a Multi Academy Trust (MAT), it could be the MAT.

Admission authorities must set (determine) admission arrangements annually. Where changes are proposed to admission arrangements, the admission authority must first publicly consult on those arrangements. If no changes are made to admission arrangements, they must be consulted on at least every seven years.

Many schools will have more applicants than places, and it is essential that the criteria used to allocate places when a school is oversubscribed are fair, clear, and objective. They must also comply fully with all statutory requirements including the mandatory requirements of the School Admissions Code.

All admission authorities must determine their admission arrangements for 2022/2023 by 28 February 2021 and must display them on their webpages for the whole offer year. Links to individual school websites are available on our find a school page.

Who can object

Any person or body who considers that any maintained school or Academy's arrangements are unlawful, or not in compliance with the School Admissions Code or relevant law relating to admissions, can make an objection to the Schools Adjudicator.

When you can object

Please complete the objection form on the Schools Adjudicator website. This form needs to be submitted between the school admission arrangements being determined by 28 February, and by 15 May in that year.

It's advisable for you to object as early as possible as any delays up to the deadline will impact on the decision date. If you miss the deadline, the adjudicator may still consider the objection - but only if there's good reason for not sending it earlier.

What happens after you object

The schools adjudicator will consider all evidence provided to them before reaching an independent decision within the law.

Once made, a 'determination' will be published on their website. The determination will contain the decision and the reasons behind that decision.