Changes to the School Admissions Code

Closed 16 Oct 2020

Opened 26 Jun 2020


The Department for Education is consulting on a revised version of the statutory School Admissions Code.

Why We Are Consulting

We're seeking views on a revised version of the statutory School Admissions Code. The Code was last updated in 2014. The revised Code seeks to clarify and improve the process in which children are admitted to school outside of the normal admissions round in light of a number of Government reviews.

Additionally, the revised Code will also provide additional information and details that will support admission authorities in discharging their duties effectively.

We remain committed to amending the School Admissions Code in relation to the admission of summer born children, but are unable to make those changes at this time because they will require primary legislation. We are, therefore, not seeking views about the admission of summer born children as part of this consultation.

A copy of the consultation document and draft School Admissions Code can be found below, underneath the 'related' heading.


  • Governors
  • Local authorities
  • Further education colleges
  • Sixth form colleges
  • Virtual school heads
  • SENCOs
  • Pupils
  • Parents
  • Foster carers
  • Adoptive parents


  • Education
  • Support in education
  • Admissions
  • Statutory policies and guidance