The School Admissions Code (‘the Code’) has been issued under Section 84 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (‘SSFA 1998’). The Code has been made following a consultation under Section 85(2) of the SSFA 1998 and after being laid before Parliament for forty days.

This Code comes into force on 1 February 2012 and, unless otherwise stated, applies with immediate effect. It will apply to admission arrangements determined in 2012 for admission in school year 2013/14. The Code applies to admissions to all maintained schools in England. It should be read alongside the School Admission Appeals Code and other guidance and law that affect admissions and admission appeals in England.

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  • Statutory basis for the Code
  • Introduction
  • Section 1: Determining Admission Arrangements
  • Section 2: Applications and Offers
  • Section 3: Ensuring fairness and resolving issues
  • Appendices
Relevant Legislation
  • Sample Admission Arrangements
  • Admissions Timeline
  • Glossary