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Changes to School Admission Code of Practice 2021

In 2020 the government consulted on changes to the statutory School Admissions Code.  The new Code and associated regulations, subject to parliamentary procedure, will come into force on 1st  September 2021.

The new Code can be seen at

The main purpose of these changes is to improve support for the in-year admission of vulnerable children. The changes include introducing more detail on the process for managing in-year admissions; changes to improve the effectiveness of Fair Access Protocols; giving children adopted from state care outside of England equal admissions priority as children who were previously looked after in England; and clarification of which address to use for the admission of service or crown servant children.

All Admission Authorities must comply with the Code.

Challenging Behaviour

All schools are normally expected to offer a school place if there is availability.  The Code makes provision at Paragraph 3.10 for a school to refuse such an application on the grounds that the year group is challenging and the child has challenging behaviour.  This provision was in the original code.  The new Code provides further explanation of what can be classed as “challenging” behaviour” The new code provides the following definition of “Challenging Behaviour”

“For the purposes of this Code, behaviour can be described as challenging where it would be unlikely to be responsive to the usual range of interventions to help prevent and address pupil misbehaviour or it is of such severity, frequency, or duration that it is beyond the normal range that schools can tolerate. We would expect this behaviour to significantly interfere with the pupil’s/other pupils’ education or jeopardise the right of staff and pupils to a safe and orderly environment”

In-Year Admissions

Ebor Academy Trust participates in the Local Authority’s Co-ordinated Admission Scheme for in-year admissions. If parents/carers wish to apply for a school place, applications can be made at via the ParentPortal. The Local Authority will confirm the outcome of the application in writing within 15 school days.  If the application is refused, the Local Authority will advise on the statutory appeal procedure.  Details of the Co-ordinated Admission Scheme and how in-year applications are managed are available at “

If you require a paper copy of any of our policies please contact the school office.

Lakeside Primary Academy follows the City of York Council co-ordinated admissions procedures for Reception entry and applying for an ‘in-year’ school place. To apply for a school place please apply on line at or contact School Services on 01904 551554, or City of York Council School Services, West Offices, Stations Rise, York YO1 6GA.