In-year admissions and fair access protocols

Get to grips with the rules on in-year admissions and fair access protocols. Find out what you need to do if you're the admission authority for your school or trust, and know what your local authority must do if it's the admission authority.

Last reviewed on 30 May 2023See updates
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  1. In-year admissions
  2. Fair access protocols (FAPs) are used to place vulnerable children
  3. Children who can be admitted via the FAP
  4. Admitting pupils via the FAP

This article is based on the latest School Admissions Code (2021) from the Department for Education. Our model admissions policy also complies with this code. 

Check if you're the admission authority

In-year admissions

Whoever is managing in-year admissions must:

  • Provide a suitable application form for parents
  • Notify parents of the outcome of their application in writing within 15 school days (although, they should aim for 10 school days), detailing any reason for refusal and information about the right to appeal

Local authority (LA) requirements

Information on how in-year admissions can be made