Admissions in Church of England Schools
The Southwark Diocesan Board of Education (SDBE) provides advice to Church of England Schools on their admission arrangements and will assist governors in reviewing their admission arrangements through written advice or attendance at governors' meetings, or committees.
The Board believes that Church of England schools and academies have a dual purpose, to offer a Christian education to the children of Christian parents and still fulfilling its historic mission in the practical expression of its pastoral responsibility to all children in the local community, irrespective of faith.
Our guidance on admission and appeals in Church of England schools is available from the SDBE. Schools must comply with the statutory requirements in the DfE Admission Code.
Governors of voluntary aided and foundation schools and academies are responsible for making arrangements for parents to appeal when they are not offered a place.
Governors should have in place an independent appeal panel and the services of an appeal clerk.
Schools must follow the mandatory guidance in the DfE appeals code.
Voluntary aided schools, foundation schools and academies are required to consult on their admission arrangements.
Please follow this link to the Members' Area for a flow chart of the consultation process.
Church of England schools must consult the SDBE before consulting others.
All maintained schools and academies must take part in their local authority co-ordinated arrangements for admission to both primary and secondary schools.
In London, secondary transfer is co-ordinated across all London boroughs and parents may list preferences for six maintained schools or academies. In primary schools, the co-ordination also operates cross-borough.
Further information is available through the local authority websites:
Model Admissions Policies
The SDBE provides two model policies for schools and academies to consider, in recognition of the fact that church schools across the Diocese are serving very different communities.The SDBE encourages schools and academies to consider the foundation and open place policy which ensures that local children who are not connected with the church are able to gain places.The traditional model may suit schools which are undersubscribed, or those parishes where there are fewer church families seeking places in church schools. Further detail is given in the Board's guidance.