School Admission Process

School Admission Process

The law stipulates that children in care must receive top priority for a school place within each school’s admission arrangements. From September 2013 this requirement is extended to children who have left care through adoption, a special guardianship order or residence order (where these fall within the Adoption and Children Act 2002). 

The commitment in Surrey is that each child in care will be admitted to the school appropriate for their needs, without delay. However, as a last resort, Section 97A to 97C of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, as inserted by section 50 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006, gives local authorities the power to direct admission authorities for any maintained school to admit a child in their care to the school best suited to his or her needs. For Academies, a local authority can refer cases directly to the Secretary of State for a decision. See full details in the Surrey Protocol for In Year Admissions of Children in Care (PDF). A WORD version of the protocol is also available.

School Admission processes differ between Normal Transition Admissions (those from Infant to Primary/Junior or Primary/Junior to Secondary) and In Year Admissions - so those at any other time of the year.  For In Year Admissions there are also differences in process dependent on where the child is residing and whether they have a Statement of SEN.  To help determine the correct route, we have designed a Decision Tree diagram for you to follow.  This also contains additional information for the complex process around Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) and those with Statements of Special Educational Needs.

If the child you are seeking a school place for, as an In Year Admission, requires a Surrey school place you will need to complete this Surrey Priority Form for Children in Care (PDF). A WORD version of the form is also available.