Appendix 2 - North Yorkshire County Council Admissions Policy for community and voluntary controlled schools 2024-2025

Proposed admissions policy for community and voluntary controlled schools for the school year 2024/25

All governing bodies are required by section 324 of the Education Act 1996 to admit to the school a child with an Educational Health and Care Plan that names the school. This is not an oversubscription criterion. This relates only to children who have undergone statutory assessment and for whom a final Educational Health and Care Plan has been issued.

If the number of applications exceeds the Published Admission Number, after the admission of children where the school is named in the Education Health and Care Plan the following oversubscription criteria will apply.

Order of Priority Notes

Priority Group 1:

Looked after children, all previously looked after children and children who appear to the Admissions Authority to have been in state care outside of England and cease to be in state care as a result of being adopted.

Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted1 or became subject to a child arrangement order2 or special guardianship order. 

This applies to all looked-after children, including those who are in the care of another local authority or being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services function at the time of making an application.

In the case of previously looked after children, a copy of the relevant documentation will be required in support of the application.

A child is regarded as being in state care outside of England if they were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation or any another provider of care whose sole purpose is to benefit society.

1This includes children who were adopted under the Adoption Act 1976 and Children who were adopted under the Adopted and Childrens Act 2002.

2Child Arrangement Orders replace residence orders and any residence order in force prior to 22 April 2014 is deemed to be a Child Arrangement Order

Priority Group 2:

Children the Authority considers have special social or medical reasons for admission.

We will only consider applications on social or medical grounds if they are supported by a professional recommendation from a doctor, social worker, or other appropriate professional. The supporting evidence should set out the particular social or medical reason(s) why the school in question is the only school which can meet the child’s needs and the difficulties that would be caused if the child had to attend another school.

Panels of professionally qualified people will consider all applications made under priority group 2.

Priority Group 3 :

Children living within the normal area of the school.

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Priority Group 4:

Children of staff at the school.

Priority in this oversubscription criteria is given in either or both of the following circumstances:

  • Where a member of staff has been employed at the school for more than two years at the time when the admission to the school is made,


  • the member of staff has been recruited to fill a post at the school for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

Priority Group 5:

Children living outside the normal area of the school.

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