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Admission to school

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

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.


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