Relevant Area for Admissions Arrangements

For school years 2022/23 and 2023/24, we have listened to feedback and consulted on updating the relevant area. The consultation proposed a change to the relevant area with which admission authorities must consult on their proposed admission arrangements, which has now been agreed.

 

Therefore when consulting on admission arrangements, each Gloucestershire school’s relevant area is a distance of 10 miles radius from the school.  Where this distance falls outside of Gloucestershire, this area is adjusted to 3 miles into the neighbouring County. Any school can exceed this distance for consultation if their Governing Body decide to do so.

 

The School Standards & Framework Act 1998 requires local authorities to establish a Relevant Area(s) for admission arrangement consultations. Each local authority is required to define a ‘relevant area’ in which admission authorities must consult on their proposed admission arrangements.  The relevant area is determined after consultation with all interested parties and the Education (Relevant Areas for Consultation on Admission Arrangements) Regulations 1999 requires local authorities to consult on these proposals every two years.

Once the relevant area has been determined, any school or academy proposing to change their admission arrangements will need to consult with all other interested parties within this area in line with the Schools Admission Code.

Relevant Area for 2020/21 and 2021/22

Gloucestershire’s current relevant area for school years 2020/21 and 2021/22 was determined as follows:

The local authority will consult on the admission arrangements for schools with:

  • All schools within Gloucestershire.
  • All 7 neighbouring local authorities.
  • All City & District Councils within Gloucestershire (6) and Swindon Borough Council and Bristol City Council.
  • Diocese of Gloucester and Clifton Diocese.
  • Any out of county academy, foundation and voluntary aided primary schools within 5 miles of the Gloucestershire border.
  • Any out of county academy, foundation and voluntary aided secondary schools within 5 miles of the Gloucestershire border.
  • Gloucestershire Early Years settings.
  • Map of Gloucestershire showing a 5 mile buffer zone, extended from the County border. (PDF (PDF, 7.3 MB) )

Relevant Area for 2022/23 and 2023/24

For school years 2022/23 and 2023/24, we have listened to feedback and consulted on updating the relevant area. The consultation proposed a change to the relevant area with which admission authorities must consult on their proposed admission arrangements.

Gloucestershire County Council as the admission authority for community and voluntary-controlled infant, junior, primary and secondary schools and with responsibility for co-ordinated admissions schemes and the Fair Access Protocol will consult within the following relevant area:

  • all city and district councils within Gloucestershire,
  • all 7 neighbouring local authorities as well as Swindon Borough Council and Bristol City Council
  • all academy, foundation and voluntary aided schools within 5 miles of the Gloucestershire border.

Consultees will include:

  • all community and voluntary-controlled infant, junior, primary and secondary schools within the relevant area via Heads Up and What’s up Gov.
  • all other admission authorities within the relevant area including neighbouring local authorities
  • the Diocese of Gloucester and Clifton Diocese
  • all Gloucestershire Early Years settings
  • parents of children between the ages of two and eighteen
  • other persons in the relevant area who in the opinion of the admission authority have an interest in the proposed admissions.      

Gloucestershire County Council consulted on the relevant area for admission arrangements between 6th October 2020 and 26th November 2020.

The outcome of the consultation can be found here

 

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