Last reviewed on 10 May 2022
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If you’re the admissions authority for your school, be clear on what you need to do if you want to increase, decrease or admit above the PAN, so you can stay compliant.

Be clear on who the admission authority is

The rest of this article is aimed at governing boards who are the admission authority for their school.

Type of school Admission authority
Academy Academy trust (the board of trustees)*
Foundation school Governing board
Voluntary aided school Governing board
Community school Local authority
Voluntary controlled school Local authority

This is outlined in paragraph 11 on page 6 of the School Admissions Code.

* If you sit on a local governing body in a multi-academy trust (MAT), check your scheme of delegation to see if you have any responsibilities regarding admissions.

If you want to increase the PAN

You're not required to have a consultation

Although many schools still choose to have a consultation when considering increasing their published admission number (PAN). 

Regardless, you must:

  • Notify your local authority (LA) 
  • Make reference to any changes to your PAN on your school website

This is outlined in paragraphs 1.3 to 1.4 (page 9) of the School Admissions Code.