Admissions Forum

The Council has established an Admissions Forum to consult and discuss school admission issues. It is a consultative and advisory body, and not a decision taking body.

​The forum enables us to consider how local arrangements can best service the interest of families and how these arrangements coordinate with other associated factors such as planning of school places and making provision for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

The forum makeup

The forum is for made up of:
  • Members of Newham Council
  • Local Authority Officers
  • Head Teacher Representatives (nursery, primary and secondary) from
    Academies, Community Schools and Faith Schools
  • Parent Governors and representatives of the local community.

Key roles and objectives

  • Consider how well existing and proposed admission arrangements serve the interests of children and parents within the area of the local authority.
  • Promote agreement on admission issues.
  • Review the comprehensiveness, effectiveness within the local context, and accessibility of advice and guidance for parents by the local authority, both through the published composite prospectus and the delivery of support for families.
  • Consider the effectiveness of Pan London co-ordination, In Year co-ordination and the local authority’s proposed co-ordinated admission arrangements.
  • Consider the means by which admissions processes might be improved and how actual admissions relate to the admission numbers published.
  • Monitor the admission of children who arrive in Newham outside a normal admission round with a view to promoting arrangements for the fair distribution of such children among local schools, taking account of any preference expressed.
  • Promote the arrangements for children with special educational needs, children in care and children who have been excluded from school and managed moves.
  • Review the impact and monitor the effectiveness of our local authority Fair Access Protocols.
The Admission Forum will also refer an objection to the Schools Adjudicator where either it identifies admissions policy, practice or oversubscription criteria of a school that may be unfair, unlawful or that contravene the mandatory provisions of this Code, or where its advice has been disregarded by admission authorities.

Frequency and minutes

Meetings with be held once per school term:

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