What are some of the basic principles in school admissions law? Nabil Dance outlines some examples of the requirements that apply to primary schools and offers some insights, guidance and tips

School admissions has been a core area of my work as an education lawyer since 2006. I was an Independent Appeal Panel member for a period of time as a volunteer, which gave me a unique and valuable insight into countless admission dilemmas and appeals.

Whether you are the admission authority this forthcoming season or not, it is vital to be familiar with the fundamentals of school admissions law. If your school qualifies as the admission authority, gaining this understanding becomes even more significant, as you are likely to represent the school as a “presenting officer”.

Admissions criteria

As a starting point, let’s look at the law and guidance connected to school admissions criteria.

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