Have your say on school admission arrangements for 2020-21

Closed 15 Jan 2019

Opened 12 Nov 2018

Feedback updated 21 Jul 2020

We asked

For views on the proposed admission arrangements to Community and Controlled Schools for the 2020/21 school year. The main change was to amend the the definition of 'previously looked after children' so that it may include children from outside of the UK.

Views were also sought the co-ordinated admission schemes and on the Proposed Admission Numbers at all schools but in particular to increases at Buxted CE Primary School, Danehill CE Primary and Willingdon Community School.

You said

There were a total of 7 responses. Not all respondents answered every question.  

80% of respondents were in favour of amending the definition of previously looked after children. This was agreed by Lead Member.

A full breakdown of responses can be found in the Lead Member report 26 February 2019

We did

The Co-ordinated schemes were agreed and so were the changes to the admission numbers at Buxted and Danehill. At Willingdon Community School, the request to increase the PAN was deferred until 2021/22 as the number of children transferring to secondary school in Eastbourne in September 2020 is less than previously forecast.

The changes that were agreed will come into force for September 2020 onwards.


This consultation outlines the proposed admissions arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools from September 2020. It also sets out the proposed schemes for co-ordination for the normal years of entry.

We are proposing to adopt a change to the definition of 'previously looked after children'. (See page 2 of the survey for more details and the opportunity to comment).  Hailsham Community College, Langney Primary Academy, Parkland infant and junior academies and Shinewater Primary Academy also wish to adopt this proposal.

There is a proposal to increase the planned admission number at Willingdon Community School, at Buxted CE Primary and Danehill CE Primary School. (Please read "Proposed admission numbers" found further down this page. You can comment on page 3 of the survey).

The draft co-ordinated admission schemes clarify how applications for children to be educated out of chronological year group will be handled. (Please read the DRAFT co-ordinated schemes in the 'Related' section below before commenting on page 4 of the survey)

We would particularly welcome your views on these aspects of our proposals although all comments are welcomed on any element of the arrangements.

Why your views matter

This survey outlines the Authority's proposed admissions arrangements for the 2020-21 school year. Consultation begins on Monday 12 November 2018 and ends on Tuesday 15 January 2019 which satisfies the duty to consult for at least six weeks.

We strongly recommend that you read the 'Related' documents with care to fully understand the proposals.

What happens next

Once we've consulted, the admission arrangements for primary and secondary community and voluntary controlled schools for the 2020-21 school year will be finalised and subsequently published in line with statutory guidelines.


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