Governance, Admissions and Appeals

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Governance 

All governing bodies, whether of maintained schools or academies, have three core functions. 

These are:

  • to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • to hold the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils as well as for the performance management of staff; 
  • to oversee the financial performance of the school, making sure its money is well spent.

It is the responsibility of all governors to carry out these functions. 

Church schools have foundation governors as well as parent, staff and other categories of governor.

  • In a voluntary aided school (VA), the foundation governors must have a majority of two over all other categories of governor. 
  • In a voluntary controlled School (VC), at least two and up to 25% members of the governing body will be foundation governors.
  • In academies, the church foundation will also be represented at all levels of governance.

Applying to be a Governor

If you’re interested in becoming a Governor start by finding out whether your school has any vacancies. If you’d like to become a foundation governor start by checking with the school or the church PCC. 

Appointing Effective Foundation Governors

Appointing Effective Governors in Academies

Admissions and 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

 

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Schools' admissions policies are not decided at a national level. They are set at a local level so that they can take into account the specific needs of their communities.

  • In Voluntary Aided and Foundation schools the Governing body is the admissions authority.  
  • For academies the Academy Trust or Multi-Academy Trust itself acting through its board of directors is the admissions authority.  As such, it is the governing body or board of.  directors that draws up the admissions policy in consultation with the diocese, the LA and all other admissions authorities in the area.
  • In Voluntary Controlled schools it is the Local Authority that is the admissions authority.

Admissions policies must conform to the Government's Admissions Code and have regard to the school's Trust deed.

If you have any queries about a school's specific admissions policy please begin by contacting your diocesan education office.

Statement from The National Society’s website: 

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/education-and-schools/church-schools-and-academies

News and Reminders

Please remember admissions policies and the timeline for appeals must be posted on the school website each year.

Please note the following timeline for consultation to change oversubscription criteria or to consult under the 7 year rule even though there are no changes*:

•    Governors meet to discuss the potential changes ideally in the summer term 

•    The draft policy is sent to the Education Team for checking no later than the end of September 

•    Public consultation for six consecutive weeks between 1 October and 31 January

•    Governors should then determine their policy by 28 February and notify the diocese and the Local Authority by 15 March.

•    N.B. This process will need to take place 18 months before the changes are due to come into effect, i.e. changes for 2020-21 admissions will need to be completed by 28 February 2019.

Who are the Admissions Authorities for Schools?

Type of School 

Who is the admission authority? 

Who deals with complaints about arrangements? 

Who is responsible for arranging / providing for an appeal against refusal of a place at a school? 

Academies 

Academy Trust

Schools 

Adjudicator 

Academy Trust

Voluntary aided schools 

Governing body 

Schools 

Adjudicator 

Governing body 

Foundation 

Schools 

Governing body 

Schools 

Adjudicator 

Governing body 

Voluntary 

controlled schools 

Local Authority 

Schools 

Adjudicator 

Local Authority 

Community 

Schools 

Local Authority 

Schools 

Adjudicator 

Local Authority 

We have a comprehensive range of training and support. Many of our training courses are suitable for governors. Every school also has a named adviser who is able to offer guidance and support if your school subscribed to the Enhanced Service Plan.

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