The law requires that when changes are proposed to a school’s admission arrangements, their admission authorities must consult on their admission arrangements (including any supplementary information form) that will apply for admission applications the following school year.
Where the admission arrangements have not changed from the previous year there is no requirement to consult, subject to the requirement that admission authorities must consult on their admission arrangements at least once every 7 years, even if there have been no changes during that period.
Consultation must last for a minimum of 6 weeks and must take place between 1 October and 31 January in the determination year. For example: for arrangements which are to apply for entry in September 2023, consultation must be completed by 31 January 2022. This consultation period allows parents, other schools, religious authorities, and the local community to raise any concerns about the proposed admission arrangements.
Admission authorities must consult with:
a) parents of children between the ages of two and eighteen;
b) other persons in the relevant area who in the opinion of the admission authority have an interest in the proposed admissions;
c) all other admission authorities within the relevant area (except that primary schools need not consult secondary schools);
d) whichever of the governing body and the local authority is not the admission authority;
e) any adjoining neighbouring local authorities where the admission authority is the local authority;
and f) in the case of schools designated with a religious character, the body or person representing the religion or religious denomination.
Schools in Newham who are consulting for September 2024/5 entry