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Bedford Borough Council Admission Arrangements 2016

Introduction

Following appropriate consultation, Bedford Borough Council has determined its admission arrangements for September 2016.

The determined admission arrangements are set out in the documents linked to this webpage but are summarised below.


Admissions Criteria

  • One change was agreed to the standard admissions policy for community and voluntary controlled schools for 2016.  This change was the removal of the criterion of exceptional medical grounds.  Please follow the link to view the standard policy and the list of community and voluntary controlled schools to which the standard policy applies (PDF document opens in new window).
  • In previous years several lower/primary schools have had a criterion giving priority to children who attend a named nursery or pre-school.  As a result of a recent decision from the Office of the Schools’ Adjudicator, where the OSA ruled that such a criterion did not conform to the requirements of the School Admissions Code, it has been necessary to remove this criterion from the policies of these Community and Voluntary Controlled schools.  The schools affected are Cauldwell Primary, Cotton End Primary, Great Barford Lower, King’s Oak Primary, Renhold Lower and Shortstown Primary.  Foundation, voluntary aided schools and academies in this age range have also been advised that they should remove this criterion from their admissions policies.  Please follow the link to view the list of community and voluntary controlled schools with additional criteria (PDF document opens in new window).
     
  • The governing bodies of voluntary aided, foundation schools and academies are their own admission authorities and, therefore, responsible for the determination of their admission arrangements which they must publish on their website.  Please follow the link to see this list of schools / academies

Admission Numbers

  • The Local Authority is only required to consult on changes to admission numbers where a reduction is proposed.  No reductions have been made.
  • Please follow the link to view the admission numbers for all community and voluntary controlled schools (PDF document opens in new window).
     
  • The governing bodies of voluntary aided, foundation schools and academies are their own admission authorities and, therefore, responsible for the determination of their admission arrangements which must include details of their admission number and must be published on their website.  Please follow the link to this list of schools / academies.

 

Co-ordinated Admission Schemes

Please follow the links to:

Co-ordinated Scheme for Admissions to Upper Schools, Upper Phase Academies, Secondary Schools and Secondary Free School (PDF document opens in new window).

Co-ordinated Scheme for Admissions to Middle, Primary, Lower Schools and Middle and Lower Phase Academies (PDF document opens in new window).

 

Objections to Admission Arrangements

Any objections to determined admission arrangements must be made to the Office of Schools Adjudicator by 30 June in the determination year.  Further information on how to make an objection can be obtained from the Office of the Schools Adjudicator http://www.education.gov.uk/schoolsadjudicator

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