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Review of Relevant Area for Admissions Arrangements


The School Standards & Framework Act 1998 requires local authorities to establish a Relevant Area(s) for admission policy 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 is reviewed periodically. 

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

Gloucestershire’s last consultation ran from 24th May 2016 until 5th July 2016 and was agreed by September 2016 to ensure that schools and academies use the defined relevant area to inform their statutory consultation process on admission arrangements.

Gloucestershire have reviewed the current relevant area and as there is no change, this will be retained for school years 2020/21 and 2021/22. The relevant area 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)

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