Admissions & Appeals

This section is designed to assist schools and academies who are their own admissions authority. It will also provide information for other interested parties including parents, churches and the wider public.



  • National Society Statement
  • News and Reminders
  • Who are the Admissions Authorities for schools
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Admissions
    including Appendices containing sample policies for guidance

Church of England schools stand at the centre of the mission and ministry of the Church. Historically Church schools had both a nurturing and a service role, providing an education for Christian families and for the local neighbourhood. Church of England schools in the 21st century are encouraged to remain true to this historic function - to provide schools that cater for Christian families as well as meeting the needs of the local community.

Church of England schools should be both distinctively Christian and inclusive communities. The admissions policy must also have regard to the school's Trust deed. In VA and Foundation schools and in Academies, the Governing body is the admissions authority and draws up the admissions policy in consultation with the diocese, the LA and all other admissions authorities in the area.

Admissions policies must conform to the Government's School Admissions Code.

The balance between nurture and service will depend on the whether the school is primary or secondary, VA, VC, Foundation or academy, its ethos, history and tradition as well as local circumstances, which may include the number of other Church of England schools in the area.

There are a number of ways by which inclusiveness can be interpreted - faith, gender, BME pupils, children and young people with additional needs, those with disabilities, at risk of exclusion or gifted and talented as well as socio-economic background. The area where the school is situated may make it difficult for a school to create a diverse community, but the Church itself is a diverse community - congregations in the countryside or inner city areas may have congregations where many are from poor, deprived areas; many church communities are also ethnically diverse. They are just as likely to include very able children and those with additional needs as the local neighbourhood. A church school may therefore have a diverse and inclusive population despite having what may be seen as a narrow admissions policy that admits a high proportion of church applicants. However the community of pupils is made up, all will be treated with respect.
[Statement from The National Society’s website]

News & Reminders


Who are the Admissions Authorities for Schools?
The table below sets out the admission authority for each type of school in England

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