School admission of children adopted from local authority care

The DfE has recently issued new guidance on how school applications for adopted children who were previously looked after should be considered.

The guidance may have implications for own admission authority school governing bodies who may have to amend their
 determined admission arrangements for 2015-16.

The School Admissions Code 2012 introduced the requirement that in addition to Looked After Children (LAC) having the highest priority for school admissions, previously looked after children who left care under a residence or special guardianship order, or who were adopted from care under the 2002 Act should also have the highest priority.

However, some admission authorities have elected to grant highest priority to all children adopted from care and not just those adopted from care under the 2002 Act. The DfE has reviewed its policy and  has similarly concluded that the better interpretation is that the Code requires priority school admissions to be given to all children adopted from care who are of compulsory school age, and not just those adopted from care under the 2002 Act.

The DfE has therefore decided to adopt the wider interpretation of the Code and as a consequence expects admission authorities to give highest priority to all children adopted from care. The School Admissions Code will be amended at the earliest opportunity to make this clear.

Own admission authority schools (voluntary-aided, trust, foundation schools and academies) may need to amend the wording in their admission arrangements in view of this new guidance for 2015-16 admissions.

Please see the DfE guidance which gives full details.

Please email  the amended admission arrangements for 2015-16  to Val Jordan, Admissions Manager, by the end of the summer term.



Published: 20/05/2014
Audience: Heads, governors and clerks to governors of voluntary-aided, trust, foundation schools and academies
Contact: Val Jordan

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