Admission to school

provided by the Children's Services Department

Priority for 'previously looked after' children

Previously looked after children (see definition below) have the same admission priority as 'looked after children' (also known as children in care), in accordance with section 22 of the Children Act 1989.

'Previously looked after' children are defined as those who immediately after being in care became subject to an adoption order, child arrangements order or special guardianship order.

Required evidence for a 'previously looked after' child

  • a special guardianship order appointing one or more individuals to be a child's special guardian(s), under section 14A of the Children Act 1989

  • a child arrangement order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live under section 8 of the Children Act 1989, as amended by section 12 of the Children and Families Act 2014. Child arrangements orders replace residence orders and any residence order in force prior to 22 April 2014 is deemed to be a child arrangements order.

  • An adoption order under section 46 of the Adoption and Children act 2002 or Section 12 of the 1976 Adoption Act*.

Completing the application form for a school place

Parents/guardians of 'previously looked after children' should tick the 'Looked after child' box on the online application form (if you do not know the name of a current social worker, please enter 'unknown') and send the relevant evidence to the Admissions Team. Priority cannot be given without the evidence being submitted. Reference may need to be made to the local authority where the child was in care to verify the child's status.