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In year school admissions of looked after children and previously looked after children

The local authority has a protocol for the in-year admission of looked after children.

In addition to an in year application form, a looked after children Supplementary Information Form must be completed by the child's social worker and returned to the School Admissions Team before an application can be processed.

Any application received without a completed and signed Supplementary Information Form will be returned to the applicant.

Children looked after may be admitted above a school’s Published Admission Number if it is felt to be in the best interest of the child.

For previously looked after children the parent/carer will need to provide evidence that their child was previously looked after.

Previously looked after children

A ‘previously looked after child’ is defined as a child who after being looked after became subject to:

  • an Adoption Order under the Adoption Act 1976
  • or under Section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002
  • a Residence or Child Arrangement Order under Section 8 of the Children Act 1989
  • or Special Guardianship Order under Section 14a of the Children Act 1989.

For previously looked after children the parent or carer will need to provide evidence that their child was previously looked after.

Schools must not refer applications for previously looked after children to the local authority under the Fair Access Protocol for primary and secondary schools. Schools must admit previously looked after children if they have a vacancy.

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