Background to the consultation on school admission arrangements for the 2021/2022 academic year

The legal basis for the consultation

The consultation on school admission arrangements for the 2021/2022 academic year will start on Monday 9 December 2019.

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. Consultation must be for a minimum of six weeks and must take place between 1 October and 31 January of the year before those arrangements are to apply. For example, for arrangements which are to apply to applications in 2020 (entry in September 2021), consultation must be completed by 31 January 2020. This consultation period allows parents, other schools, religious authorities and the local community to raise any concerns about proposed admission arrangements.

We're consulting all stakeholders on the proposed admission arrangements for admission arrangements for 2021/2022. Amongst others, we will be consulting with:

  • All maintained schools in Plymouth
  • Pre-schools in Plymouth
  • Parents
  • Local community groups
  • Neighbouring local authorities
  • Schools in neighbouring areas
  • Church of England (CE) and Roman Catholic (RC) Diocesan Directors of Education
  • City Councillors and Members of Parliament
  • Trade unions
  • Relevant Trusts and Associations

The consultation is based on the Department for Education (DfE) School Admissions Code. Current admission arrangements for Plymouth maintained schools are published in the:

The admission arrangements within this consultation have been based on the School Admissions Code 2014 and the School Admission Appeals Code 2012.


What is included in the consultation?

We are consulting on the coordinated admission scheme arrangements for the 2021/2022 academic year during this current consultation process. We are also consulting on the admission arrangements for 2021/2022 for all community and voluntary controlled nursery, primary, junior and secondary schools:

  • Primary: Compton Church of England Primary School, High View Primary School, Laira Green Primary School, Lipson Vale Primary School, Mary Dean's Church of England Primary School, Pennycross Primary School, Tor Bridge Primary School, and Yealmpstone Farm Primary School
  • Secondary: Plymouth High School for Girls

and on behalf of the following own admission authority schools:

  • All through: Plymouth School of Creative Arts
  • Primary: Austin Farm Primary Academy, Beechwood Primary Academy, Boringdon Primary School, Chaddlewood Primary School, College Road Primary School, Drake Primary Academy, Dunstone Primary School, Eggbuckland Vale Primary School, Elburton Primary School, Ernesettle Community School, Ford Primary School, Glen Park Primary School, Goosewell Primary Academy, High Street Primary Academy, Hooe Primary Academy, Hyde Park Infants School, Knowle Primary School, Leigham Primary School, Manadon Vale Primary School, Marine Academy Primary, Marlborough Primary Academy, Mayflower Community Academy and Nursery School, Montpelier Primary School, Morice Town Primary Academy, Mount Street Primary School, Mount Wise Community Primary School, Oakwood Primary Academy, Pilgrim Primary Academy, Plaistow Hill Infant and Nursery School, Plympton St Maurice Primary School, Pomphlett Primary School, Prince Rock Primary School, Riverside Community Primary School, St Andrew's C of E Primary School, St Peter's CE Primary School, Salisbury Road Primary School, Shakespeare Primary School, Sparkwell All Saints Primary School (which is situated in Sparkwell, Devon), Stoke Damerel Primary School, Stuart Road Primary School, Thornbury Primary School, Victoria Road Primary School, Weston Mill Community Primary Academy, Whitleigh Community Primary School, Widewell Primary Academy, Widey Court Primary School, Woodfield Primary School and Woodford Primary School 
  • Junior: Hyde Park Junior School and St Budeaux Foundation Church of England Junior School
  • Secondary: All Saints C of E Academy Plymouth, Coombe Dean School, Devonport High School for Boys, Devonport High School for Girls, Eggbuckland Community College, Hele's School, Lipson Co-operative Academy, Marine Academy Plymouth, Plympton Academy, Plymstock School, Sir John Hunt Community Sports College, Stoke Damerel Community College, Tor Bridge High and UTC Plymouth
  • Key Stage 4: Scott Medical and Healthcare College and UTC Plymouth


Plymouth schools not included in this consultation

The following own admission authority schools aren't taking part in the consultation hosted by Plymouth local authority but may still be consulting on their admission arrangements:


  • Notre Dame RC School
  • St Boniface's Roman Catholic College


  • Holy Cross Catholic Primary Primary School
  • Keyham Barton Catholic Primary School
  • Old Priory Junior Academy
  • Oreston Community Academy
  • Plympton St Mary's CE Infant School
  • St Edward's CE Primary School
  • St George's CE Primary School
  • St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
  • St Matthew's CE Primary and Nursery Academy
  • St Peter's RC Primary School
  • The Cathedral School of St Mary

Please refer to the schools own website for more information.


What happens after the consultation ends?

Having taken into account any responses to the consultation, admission authorities must set their arrangements by 28 February 2020 and then, within 14 days, notify those they consulted of the new arrangements. In setting their admission arrangements, authorities must 'act in accordance with the School Admissions and Appeals Codes (Education and Inspections Act 2006). Once set, objections to arrangements can be made to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator.

Once the admission arrangements have been formally determined, objections to the admission arrangements can be made to the Schools Adjudicator who will consider whether the arrangements do not or may not comply with the mandatory requirements of this Code or the law. Objections should be submitted by 15 May 2020.

Information about making an objection is available from the Office of the Schools Adjudicator. Once arrangements have been made, they will be published on our agreed admission arrangements page.