Welsh school admissions and appeals
Produced in partnership with Mike Charles of Sinclairs Law
Welsh school admissions and appeals

The following Local Government practice note produced in partnership with Mike Charles of Sinclairs Law provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Welsh school admissions and appeals
  • Admissions authority
  • Admissions forum
  • Admissions arrangements
  • Variation of admissions arrangements
  • Admissions numbers
  • Oversubscription criteria
  • Parental preference
  • Admission of twice excluded children
  • Children with special educational needs, disabilities or challenging behaviour
  • More...

Welsh school admissions and appeals

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020). CA 2020, ss 37–38, Sch 16 Pt 1–Sch 16 Pt 3, Sch 17 Pt 1–Sch 17 Pt 3, among other measures, make provision to require temporary closure of educational institutions and to make temporary continuity directions relation to childcare, education and training by way of statutory instruments and/or guidance. For further information as to the current impact on this content, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—education tracker.

Welsh school admissions and appeals are governed mainly by:

  1. the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (SSFA 1998)

  2. the Welsh School Admissions Code

  3. School Admissions Appeal Code

  4. Education (Determination of Admission Arrangements) (Wales) Regulations, SI 2006/174

  5. School Admissions (Variations of Admission Arrangements) (Wales) Regulations 2013, SI 2013/1140

  6. Education (Admissions Appeals Arrangements) (Wales) Regulations 2005, SI 2005/1398

Admissions authority

In relation to community or voluntary controlled schools, the local authority is the admission authority unless the function has been delegated in full to a school governing body.

The admission authority for foundation or voluntary-aided schools is the governing body of the school.

Where the admission authority for a community or voluntary controlled school is the local authority, it is the duty of the governing body to implement any decision relating to the admission of pupils to the school which is taken by or on behalf

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