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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2007 11:22 pm 
Can a VA school that has gone over its admission number admit another child (without the child's parents submitting a transfer appeal)?


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 12:24 am 
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Yes, it is legally possible in limited circumstances.

"Once an admission number has been set by the admission authority, children should not be admitted above the published number unless exceptional circumstances apply or as part of in-year fair access protocols ...... or a closing school .........."

At an appeal, where it can be seen that the school has exceeded its admission number, it's perfectly reasonable to ask whether all of the extra bodies are accounted for by successful appeals. If not, ask for an explanation of the exceptional circumstances.

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Dear Etienne


"Once an admission number has been set by the admission authority, children should not be admitted above the published number unless exceptional circumstances apply or as part of in-year fair access protocols ...... or a closing school .........."

Would this apply when a school operates banding? It has just come to my mind that banding may need to be thought about.


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Dear Sam

The Admissions Code describes banding as:
A system of oversubscription criteria in which all children applying for a place at a banding school are placed into ability bands based on their performance in a test or other assessment. Places are then allocated so that the school’s intake either reflects the ability profile of those children applying to the school, those children applying to a group of schools banding jointly, the local authority ability profile or the national ability profile.

I see no suggestion that banding could be used to justify going above PAN.

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