School admission arrangements for 2023-24

What are admission arrangements?

Each year all admission authorities have to review the admission arrangements for their schools, and formally set, or 'determine', these arrangements by 28 February.

Admission arrangements include the number of places made available in the year of entry, called the published admission number, as well as how preferences for places will be considered if there are more preferences than places available, called the oversubscription criteria. Together these details are sometimes known as the 'Admissions Policy'.

The admission authority for a school may be a Local Authority, governing body, or academy trust. For community and voluntary controlled schools in the East Riding of Yorkshire, the admission authority is East Riding of Yorkshire Council. The council is responsible for 98 primary, infant, junior and secondary schools across the area.

If an admission authority wants to make any changes to their admission arrangements, the admission authority must consult on any proposed changes to those arrangements before determining the arrangements. Even where changes are not proposed, a consultation must take place at least every seven years.

What admission arrangements for community and voluntary schools in the East Riding of Yorkshire have been proposed and consulted upon?

Between Tuesday 2 November and Tuesday 14 December, the council consulted on the admission arrangements for community and voluntary-controlled schools for the 2023-24 school year. At its meeting on 1 February 2022 East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s cabinet determined the local authority’s admission arrangements and coordinated schemes for 2023-2024.

The vast majority of the admission arrangements for 2023-24 are procedurally identical to those for previous years. There are also some more significant changes, for example to the admission number of five schools- more details on these changes are shown below.

Other changes include a new protocol on Random Allocation, and some refinements to the Fair Access Protocol to reflect statutory changes to school admissions guidance, laws and regulations over the last twelve months. Please note that although the Fair Access Protocol itself is included in the documents in this consultation, that the Protocol is a document that is agreed with a majority of schools in the East Riding, and comes into force and can be substantively changed only once agreed with schools rather than through the Council’s annual determination of admission arrangements.

There were some changes to the Published Admission Numbers (PANs) of 5 schools, proposed either by the council and/or by the governing bodies of community and voluntary controlled schools.

These changes are:

  • Beeford CE VC Primary School – from a PAN of 10 to 15 for Reception
  • Boynton Primary School – from a PAN of 10 to 15 for Reception
  • Burton Agnes CE VC Primary School – from a PAN of 14 to 15 for Reception
  • Newbald Primary School – from a PAN of 10 to 15 for Reception
  • Newport Primary School – from a PAN of 20 to 25 for Reception.

The Summary of Key Changes document includes the rationale for these proposed changes. All of these changes were approved.

Each year the council also has to update its policies about how admissions applications are processed between schools and other local authorities. These documents are known as ‘coordinated admissions schemes.’

The arrangements can be seen by clicking on the document links below.

Please note: that the admission arrangements for academy, foundation and voluntary aided schools are not included within this consultation and that those admission authorities may or may not have consulted on their admission arrangements for the 2023-24 school year.

What documents are available that relate to the 2023/24 school year?

Yes, supporting documents are downloadable as PDFs, when available, from the panel below:

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