Admission to school

provided by the Children's Services Department

Priority for 'previously looked after' children

The new School Admissions Code (released in February 2012) introduced a new requirement on all admission authorities to broaden the existing priority for 'looked after children' or children in care, in accordance with section 22 of the Children Act 1989, to also include 'previously looked after' children, for 2013 admissions onwards.

Children who were 'previously looked after' are defined for the purposes of the legislation as those who immediately after being in care became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship order.

Required Evidence for a 'previously looked after' child

  • an adoption order under section 46 of the Adoption and Children act 2002*; or

  • a residence 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; or

  • 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.

*Please note: the 2002 Adoption Act did not come into force until 30 December 2005 and therefore only children adopted after this date would qualify under this criterion.

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 School 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.