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Relevant Area for Admissions Arrangements

Relevant Area for Admissions Arrangements 2024-2025

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.

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.

Relevant Area for 2022/23 and 2023/24 extended for 2024/25 and 2025/26

For school years 2022/23 and 2023/24, we  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.      

The academy trusts or governing bodies of academy, free, foundation and voluntary aided infant, junior and primary schools acting as their own admission authorities, located within Gloucestershire, will be required to consult within the following relevant area:

  • a 10 mile radius of the school, or, where this covers a neighbouring authority area, up to 3 miles into that area.

Consultees will include:

  • Gloucestershire County Council
  • The Diocesan Authority (for voluntary aided schools or academy schools which were previously voluntary aided or voluntary controlled)
  • all other admission authorities of infant, junior or primary schools within the relevant area
  • any relevant neighbouring local authority where this is the admissions authority for a school within the relevant area
  • 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.

The academy trusts or governing bodies of academy, free, foundation and voluntary aided secondary* schools acting as their own admission authorities, located within Gloucestershire, will be required to consult within the following relevant area:

  • A 15 mile radius of the school, or, where this covers a neighbouring authority area, up to 3 miles into the area.

Consultees will include:

  • Gloucestershire County Council
  • The Diocesan Authority (for voluntary aided schools or academy schools which were previously voluntary aided or voluntary controlled)
  • all other admission authorities of secondary, infant, junior or primary schools within the relevant area
  • any relevant neighbouring local authority where this is the admissions authority for a school within the relevant area
  • any primary or junior schools that are not covered within the relevant area but which form part of a designated area used in the secondary school’s over subscription criteria
  • 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.

*secondary schools include University Technical Colleges.

Where there is an agreement to do so, Gloucestershire County Council will consult on behalf of own admission authority schools. The schools themselves will be required to publicise the consultation on their own websites and in school newsletters.

A review of the Relevant Area has been carried out in September 2022. The principles have been agreed and therefore there will be no changes to the Relevant Area for 2024/25 and 2025/26.

Contact

Fair Access Team, Access to Education, Gloucestershire County Council, Shire Hall,

Gloucester, GL1 2TP.

Tel: 01452 425064

 email: schooladmissionpolicy@gloucestershire.gov.uk

 

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