Developing Church of England Education

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.