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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 96 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 East Riding of Yorkshire have been proposed and consulted upon?
Between Wednesday 2 November and Wednesday 14 December, the council consulted on the admission arrangements for community and voluntary-controlled schools for the 2024-25 school year. At it's meeting on 31 January 2023 East Riding of Yorkshire Council's cabinet determined the local authority's admission arrangements and coordinated schemes for 2024-25.
The vast majority of the admission arrangements for 2024-25 are procedurally identical to those for previous years. There are some minor changes to improve clarity or define current practices in more detail. There are also some more significant changes, for example to the admission number of eight schools - more details on these changes are shown below.
One significant change this year is to the catchment areas of Beverley St Nicholas Community Primary School and Woodmansey CE VC Primary School, to reflect new housing that is starting to be inhabited. The area to be removed from the Woodmansey CE VC Primary School catchment area, and added to the Beverley St Nicholas Community Primary School catchment area is defined as being between the existing boundary between these two areas, to the north of Minster Way, and to the east of the Beverley-Cottingham railway line as per the map below. The summary of key changes document includes the rationale for this change.
Several changes this year relate to the coordination of in-year admission applications and include the introduction of in-year waiting lists for school places, whereby applicants refused a place in the current school year are placed on a waiting list for if a place becomes available before the end of that school year. Full details of this are included in the summary of key changes document.
There were some changes to the Published Admission Numbers (PANs) of 8 schools, proposed either by the council and/or by the governing bodies of community and voluntary controlled schools.
These changes are:
The Summary of Key Changes document includes the rationale for these proposed changes:
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.
A copy of the latest Fair Access Protocol is also available by clicking on the link above.
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 be consulting on their admission arrangements for the 2024-25 school year.
What documents are available that relate to the 2024-25 school year?
Yes, supporting documents are downloadable as PDFs, when available, from the panel below: