Admissions and Appeals


It’s not always easy to choose a school for your child, or to get your child into the school of your choice if it is popular or oversubscribed.

Admissions worries and appeals are an ongoing part of Service life. AFF is continually providing evidence to policy makers, including local authorities and the Department for Education, to try to improve your experience of the admission process.

Please email ec@aff.org.uk if you have any comments to make, or issues to discuss. 

On this page:

Where to start
Admissions in England
Admissions everywhere else
Admission deadlines
Appeals
School Admission and Appeal Code
How can the covenant help?
Making a complaint
FAQs
Access to school places in advance of move

 

Where to start

It can be stressful getting your child, or children, into your chosen school, or even into the same school.

The Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) has parent support advisors who can help you through the admissions process; email DCYP-CEAS-Enquiries@mod.uk or call +44 (0) 1980 618244 - make sure you include your child’s name and date of birth. 

For more information on CEAS, click here 

Back to top

bar

Admissions in England

The Gov.UK website gives information on all types of school in England and has a link to each of the devolved administrations; look at OFSTED or the equivalent inspection reports for more information. Read more

bar

Admissions everywhere else

Moving to somewhere outside England? Read more

bar

Admission deadlines

Every year, the Local Authority sets admissions deadlines. The following are examples of dates for September admissions for Year R and Year 7. Read more

bar

Appeals

If you’ve been given one of the schools on your preference list, that’s great. However, if you haven’t, then you may wish to appeal. Read more

bar

School Admission and Appeal code

The School Admission Code 2014 for England has now been published. AFF was involved in the consultation, and now Army families are mentioned in more places in the code, which is great news. Read more

bar

How can the covenant help?

Find out about your new LA’s Armed Forces Community Covenant (AFC) by checking their website; all LAs have signed up.

The AFC is designed to negate disadvantage experienced by Service families, particularly due to mobility. The covenant won’t automatically secure you a place at your first-choice school, but it will help in ensuring that you have been treated fairly and without disadvantage in comparison to civilian families.

AFF has an AFC section on our website, with links to the document itself and further information.

Back to top

bar

Making a complaint

If you feel that you’ve been treated unfairly, or that you’ve been given the wrong information, and would like to make a formal complaint, contact the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) via www.gov.uk/schools-admissions/appealing-a-schools-decision  Read more

bar

FAQs

The following is a list of the most frequent questions we receive about finding a new school for your child, and our responses. Read more

bar

Access to school places in advance of move

AFF has been contacted by families highlighting the issues of accessing school places in advance of moving on posting; this was one of the questions asked of the Minister at our last Germany conference.

This affects families moving to local authorities in England from anywhere in the world.

AFF believes that this issue disadvantages Army families and that there is no option for forward planning. This may have a detrimental effect on your child’s education and cause unnecessary stress for all concerned.

To find out more, click here to download the AFF Brief.

Back to top

bar

If you have any further questions or comments about school admissions, please contact AFF Education & Childcare Specialist, Lucy Scott at ec@aff.org.uk  

 

Back to top

Share this page

See also

Feedback

AFF is interested to hear your views or concerns about issues discussed on our website. Please email us at ec@aff.org.uk.


<