Admissions Arrangements

Welcome to the admissions builder. This tool offers options for your school admission arrangements that are legally compliant while letting you take into account your school's character and local context. Your diocese will be able to offer additional support and you must consult your diocese about your proposed admission arrangements before any public consultation.

As you work through this tool we will occasionally ask you for data about your school and admissions. This is to assist us in gaining a picture of how Church of England schools admission arrangements are working across the country. We may use this data to carry out research but no school will be individually identifiable in the conduct of that research.

When you have finished working through the admissions builder a PDF of your admission arrangements will be generated which you can download or ask us to send to you by email. As well as the text you have selected the final PDF will contain additional standard provisions so that parents are informed about matters such as admissions outside the normal round, appeals and other waiting lists.

This tool may be used to create new admission arrangements, review your current arrangements or consider how those admission arrangements reflect your school's vision and mission as a Church of England school, serving the common good. Church of England schools are called to bring life in all its fullness to their pupils and the wider community. They seek to offer wisdom, hope, community and dignity  to those they serve. The admission arrangements are the beginning of that service.

Your admission arrangements should work for the benefit of all children and parents/guardians in your area. It should be simple to use and assist parents/guardians to take the best decisions on the preferred school for their children. It should contribute to improving standards for all pupils.

  • Do your admission arrangements reflect the ethos and mission of your school?
  • Do your admission arrangements suggest that you are a welcoming space?
  • Are there any groups that may be excluded (directly or indirectly) by your admission arrangements?
  • How will you show your commitment to being deeply Christian while serving the common good through your admission arrangements?
  • Are your admission arrangements suitable to the local context?  
  • Has the local context changed since you last reviewed your admission arrangements?
  • How does your approach to admissions support a positive interaction between your school, your church and wider local communities?

If you want to reflect further on these points, please read the Church of England Vision of Education and Unpacking the Vision - Ethos Enhancing Outcomes.