Admissions consultation

Consultation on school admission arrangements for the school year beginning September 2023

When is the consultation?

The consultation closed on Sunday 30 January 2022. 

What happens next?

All schools and academies must finalise and publish online their admission arrangements for the 2023/24 academic year by 15 March 2022.

Anyone may raise an objection with the Schools Adjudicator to the published admission arrangements of any school or academy, or the local authority's schemes of coordination. Objections must be referred to the adjudicator by 15 May 2022.

You can read the published arrangements for all Hackney schools and academies in the online school directory.

You can read the local authority's schemes of coordination for Reception, Year 7 and In Year admissions.

What is this consultation about?

We want to know what you think about the admission arrangements for schools in Hackney for the academic year starting in September 2023 and finishing in July 2024.

The proposed admission arrangements are available to read and download/print at the bottom of this page.

The admission arrangements outline:

  • how Hackney Education will manage applications for Reception, Year 7 and In Year admissions (the “schemes of coordination”)
  • the admission numbers for schools in Hackney (i.e. how many places each school will offer)
  • how schools decide which pupils obtain priority for school places (the “oversubscription criteria”)

For a paper copy of the arrangements please email admissions@hackney.gov.uk or phone 020 8820 7000 (option 3).

Who is involved in the consultation?

Schools must consult the following groups:

  • parents of children between the ages of 2 and 18
  • other persons in the area who have an interest in the proposed arrangements
  • all other admission authorities within the local area
  • the local authority (Hackney Education)
  • any adjoining neighbouring local authorities
  • any local faith organisation (if a faith school)

Hackney Education is the admission authority for all community schools in Hackney. For voluntary aided schools (schools with a religious character) the admission authority is the governing body. For academies and free schools the academy trust (proprietor) is the admission authority.

What are the changes?

Published Admission Numbers

  • It is proposed that the published admission number for the following community schools (the number of children to be admitted into a reception class each year) be reduced as follows:  
    • Daubeney - reducing from 90 to 60
    • Gainsborough - reducing from 60 to 30
    • Sir Thomas Abney - reducing from 60 to 30
  • Hackney Education aims to provide a sufficient number of school places for Hackney residents with a 5% surplus to accommodate new arrivals to the borough. Based on the January 2021 roll the number of surplus reception places in Hackney currently exceeds 17%.
  • High levels of surplus places cause immense financial and operational issues for schools including budget deficits, the need for staff re-organisations and curriculum delivery. Hackney Education is therefore aiming to reduce the number of surplus reception places over the next 3 to 4 years to a level closer to 5% as part of its Education Sufficiency and Estates Strategy.  
  • Reducing PANs allows schools to plan ahead before they experience a significant impact of falling rolls or to find viable long-term solutions when managing their staff and budget. 
  • Schools who are in an admissions planning area which has a large surplus of places, but may not be experiencing falling rolls, work with Hackney Education to adjust their PAN in the wider efforts for equity; in hope that this will positively affect school roll numbers at schools around them.

Scheme to coordinate In Year admissions

  • The overriding principles of the scheme are to allocate pupils without a school place quickly, to allow Hackney Education to track each resident pupil into education, and to communicate with other local authorities where there are cross border applications.
  • Following updates to the School Admissions Code in September 2021, the statutory obligations for school have been incorporated in the scheme including
    • the requirement to declare participation in the scheme or otherwise,
    • share information with the local authority regarding vacancies, and
    • share information about applications and their outcomes
  • Continuity in education has many benefits for children and reducing mobility between schools is highly likely to be in pupils’ best interest.  The scheme strengthens advice and procedures for parents considering transferring their child from one school to another.
  • The scheme clarifies the process of applying from overseas and for crown servants and service personnel.
  • The scheme introduces two options for schools who choose to participate, namely ‘partial’ coordination or ‘full’ coordination, and the associated roles and responsibilities of each level of participation.

There are no changes proposed to the schemes to coordinate Reception and Year admissions, however comments will be accepted. 

Voluntary Aided Schools and Academies (admitting authority school)

Voluntary Aided Schools and Academies are proposing changes to their admission arrangements as follows

  • Mossbourne Parkside Academy is proposing to reduce its published admission number (the number of children to be admitted into a reception class each year) from 60 to 30.
  • The Petchey Academy is proposing the following changes
    • Applicants will no longer be classified into ‘Zones’ based on how far they live from the school.
    • Random allocation will be replaced by distance as the final criterion.
    • Banding for In Year admissions will be removed.
  • Mossbourne Community Academy are proposing changes to their sixth form admission arrangements.

How do I give my feedback?

To respond to the consultation please submit your comments using our online feedback form.

Comments about voluntary aided schools, academies and free schools can also be sent directly to the schools concerned.

If anyone wishes to meet to discuss the proposed admission arrangements, please contact david.court@hackney.gov.uk or telephone 020 8820 7667. Meetings can be arranged to take place remotely via Google meet and accommodate a maximum of 10 per meeting.

Contacts

David Court, Head of School Organisation and Commissioning

Telephone
020 8820 7667
This page was last modified on: 15 Aug 2022