Admission Arrangements and Policies

Policy Documentation for admission arrangements for 2022/23, 2023/24 and 2024/25

Admissions to Community Primary Schools

Doncaster Council is responsible for the admission arrangements of all community primary schools.

This year we have seen the academisation of more community schools in Doncaster but in general they continue to follow the Local Authority community school admission arrangements.

Queries about the arrangements can be directed as follows:-

Community Schools, Co-ordination or Catchment Areas - Doncaster Council, Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU or by telephoning 01302 736000

Other Admission Authorities

Academies, Free Schools, and Voluntary Aided schools are their own admission authorities. This includes the majority of primary schools and all secondary schools.

These schools are responsible for their own admission arrangements and also have to consult on these arrangements at least once every 7 years or sooner if there are to be any changes.  Changes will be publicised on the schools own website and consultation will take place within the relevant area.

Queries about the arrangements can be directed as follows:-

i) Voluntary Aided primary schools - the Governing Body of the school

ii) Academies - the Governing Body/Trustee's of the Academy

2022/23

In Year Fair Access Protocol 2022/23 (Revisions to the 2021/22 In Year Fair Access Protocol)

The Local Authority has reflected on the operation of the 2021/22 protocol and the following revisions are proposed.  These are based on changes in practice and points of clarification during the year. 

  • The following change was previously discussed at Panel meetings and is already in use.  It reflects a fairer approach to how alternative schools should be considered from closest distance to travel time.  For example a school further away may take a shorter time to travel to i.e. it may be that one bus to a school slightly further away takes less time to get to than a nearer school which takes two buses.  Changes are marked in bold in the document as follows:-

"Where there are no schools remaining within point c) above, the next nearest 2 schools that are within 1 hour travel time will be taken based on closest distance travel time will additionally be considered at point b) until a single school is identified."     

  •  Whilst the allocation of Looked After is not part of the allocation pupils via IYFAP, points will be allocated in lieu of taking looked after pupils.
  •  As previously circulated, a 45 day fixed term should not lead to a PX at a new school if a further fixed term exclusion is given in the same academic year.
  •  A clearer explanation has been provided regarding the allocation of points which takes into account proportionality.  This reflects the operating process during 2021/22.

 A copy of the full document is provided in the downloads section.  Comments on the points noted above and any other suggestions re IYFAP may be forwarded   to  neil.mcallister@doncaster.gov.uk A further review will be carried out during the summer term 2023 where further changes may be considered.

 Policies and Documents - These can be found in the Downloads and Resources area on this page

2023/24

   
Publication Information Information on the published arrangements is given below

 

 

 

 

 Queries about the arrangements can be directed as follows:-

i) Voluntary Aided primary schools - the Governing Body of the school

ii) Academies - the Governing Body/Trustee's of the Academy

iii) Community Schools, Co-ordination or Catchment Areas - Doncaster Council, Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU or by telephoning 01302 737202.  These policies were considered by Doncaster Council’s Cabinet on 2 February 2022. 

Further information is available on:

Policies and Documents

These can be found in the Downloads and Resources area on this page

2024/25 - Determination and Consultation

All schools will determine their arrangements each year and will only consult formally every seven years unless a change is proposed.  Consultation would take place over a six week period between 1 October and 31 January and would be detailed below.

   
Publication Information Information on the published arrangements is given below

 

 

 

 

 Queries about the arrangements can be directed as follows:-

i) Voluntary Aided primary schools - the Governing Body of the school

ii) Academies - the Governing Body/Trustee's of the Academy

iii) Community Schools, Co-ordination or Catchment Areas - Doncaster Council, Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU or by telephoning 01302 737202. These policies will be considered by Doncaster Council’s Cabinet in February 2023.

iv) Co-ordinated Admission Arrangements - Doncaster Council, Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU or by telephoning 01302 737202.  Comments may be made no later than 10 December 2022.  These policies will be considered by Doncaster Council's Cabinet in February 2023. 

v) Relevant Areas - Doncaster Council, Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU or by telephoning 01302 737202. This will be considered by Doncaster Council's Cabinet in February 2023.

Further information is available on:

Policies and Documents

These can be found in the Downloads and Resources area on this page

Relevant Area For Consultation on Admission Arrangements

The Education (Relevant Areas for Consultation on Admission Arrangements) Regulations 1999 requires all local authorities to biannually review the relevant area which identifies all schools must be consulted on changes to admission arrangements. Doncaster Council has determined the Relevant Area for Admission to schools as the geographical area covered by Doncaster Borough Council.  This will be reviewed for admissions in September 2024.

In Year Fair Access Protocol

The approved protocol for primary and secondary can be found in the download section on this page.

Catchment Areas

Please find the latest catchment areas on the following page https://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/schools/school-catchment-areas

Last updated: 29 September 2022 15:22:01