Getting admissions right is the beating heart of every school. Reviewing, complying and managing admission policies.


Over many years I have worked with schools, and academies and local authorities on their admission policies. I have experience of supporting schools through changes to their admissions, the consultation process and challenges to the office of the school adjudicator.


Getting your admission policy right, complied with the codes and legislation, and ensuring that your school is called the planned admission number is an absolute fundamental importance to the school or academy. Admission policies can sometimes have inadvertent consequences. Admissions can be challenged by parents, neighbouring schools or local authorities.




once, admission policies sometimes never seemed to change. However now there is on obligation on every own Admission Authority to comply with the Code of Practice, to consult, review and determine polices. Failure to do so risks policy failure, complaints and intervention by the Office of the School Adjudicator. here were changes in the education landscape, changes to people funding and changes in the local area national demographics means that a review of the policy can help ensure the school remains ahead of the curve and well-positioned to move forward in the future. Expansion of schools, changes to age range, changes to the local housing landscape and educational priorities can all lead to necessary changes to admission requirements.


• An overview of admissions 

• The School Admissions Code 2014

• Obligations of the school/trust and the local authority 

• The statutory process for determining and varying admissions

• Key concepts – Fairness, Transparency and Clarity 

• What you must include 

• What you must not include!

• Common problems 

• Usual points of intake and transfer

• Mid year admissions

• Practical tips for good admission practice





Having experience of thousands of appeals, and spent over 15 years delivering training to appeals panels I provide a comprehensive, but accessible training service for schools and academies. This can be delivered to individual schools, trusts or to mixed groups with the possibility of sharing panel members for future appeals.


The course will cover:-

  • The Appeal and Admission Arrangements 

  • Critical Changes - what they are and how to manage them

  • Lawfulness of Arrangements - Referrals to the Office of the Schools' Adjudicator

  • Roles, Responsibilities and Requirements under the Appeal Code 2012

  • The timetable for Appeals

  • Documentation that MUST be sent out

  • Admission numbers for schools 

  • School premises

  • The 2 Stage Test 

    • Stage 1 - Prejudice - considerations and decision making

    • Stage 2 - Individual circumstances and the threshold test

  • Managing the process

  • The Equality Act, Human Rights and Natural Justice

  • After the appeal -  complaints and second appeals




  • Key elements of preparation

  • Stage 1 - Prejudice and the efficient use of educational resources – How does an IAP decide?

  • What must a school show to prove prejudice?

  • What are reasonable questions to ask?

  • Stage 2 – Individual reasons for wanting a particular school – A brand new test?

  • Infant Class Size Appeals - changes and challenges

  • Multiple Appeals - and the prejudice test

  • After the appeal is over.

  • Special Educational Needs and Disability

  • The Equality Act and Appeals




With the experience of preparing papers for schools contesting appeals. Training staff to present the case against admission and highlighting key areas that support the school, I have direct experience of helping schools explain why they simply cannot accommodate every child who wants to attend. I offer a comprehensive review process of documentation, policies, the school case against admission and associated correspondence.