This information has been written to comply with the Lancashire County Council Secondary School and Academy Fair Access Protocol.
In Lancashire, parents contact secondary schools and academies direct to seek places for routine admissions. If a place is available in the required school year, a meeting and tour of the school will be offered. If parents decide that they wish to take the offer of a place, and admission form must be completed by a legal guardian and arrangements will be made for a start date. When a year group is full, a waiting list is maintained. If a place subsequently becomes available, the first name on the list will be contacted to ascertain if the place is still required. If a parent indicates that it is, a meeting will be arranged. If a parent indicates they no longer require the place, the pupils name will be removed from the waiting list and the place offered to the next student, and so on.
Where places are not available at a preferred school or academy the Local Authority will provide information and advice for parents about the appeals process.
Secondary schools and academies and all admission authorities do share responsibility for ensuring that vulnerable, new to area children are admitted to school as quickly as possible.
For vulnerable (hard to place) children Local Authorities must have a Fair Access Protocol (FAP). This should be agreed with the majority of schools and academies. All schools and academies must however participate in its operation.
FAP operates outside of normal admission processes and can allocate places in year groups which are already full or even over the school’s admission number.
The FAP only applies to pupils without a mainstream school place. In Lancashire, pupils are considered under the FAP where there has been a history of fixed period exclusions, significant poor attendance (ie. under 60%) or a complex history, with the pupil meeting more than one vulnerability indicator.
The School Admissions Code requires that as a minimum the following groups must be included:-
*this includes permanently excluded children returning from PRUs and occasionally those who have been permanently excluded who have not accessed offered PRU support (because of parental refusal or where the exclusion was for a one off incident).
If the statutory in year admissions process has resulted in a refusal to admit or an avoidable delay (where a child has been out of education for 2 months or more) then the FAP can be applied and referrals made for immediate admission. This may occasionally include cases from other local authority areas.
All Lancashire schools must participate in FAP – this is a legal requirement. The only circumstances where referrals will not be made are:
If the Local Authority is aware that a school has recently taken a referred FAP admission and in the short term a second request appears then the Area Pupil Access Team will inform the parents / carers about the principles of sharing FAP admissions and about other locally available places.
For In Year Admission enquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org