Diocese of Portsmouth

Admissions

All Church of England schools in the Dioceses of Portsmouth and Winchester have Admission Policies that explain how admissions are managed. Most Church of England schools were set up to serve all the community around the school without reference to the faith of the parents or child. They were and are schools for anyone in the community.

Voluntary Controlled Church of England Schools
If the Church of England school is Voluntary Controlled (a Church School controlled by the Local Authority), admissions are the responsibility of the Local Authority. Parents who are regular church members may wish to use their attendance at church to support their application. The school will then ask parents to provide a declaration of their Christian commitment usually through regular attendance at worship in a Church of England church. This evidence is often on a form where you declare your attendance and have that attandance validated by a priest or minister of the church you attend. The form is called a Supplementary Information Form. Please check with the individual school if they use Christian commitment in their admissions policy and how you can complete any necessary paperwork.

Voluntary Aided Church of England Schools
If the Church of England school is Voluntary Aided (a Church School aided by the Local Authority) admissions are the responsibility of the Governing Body of the school. Each Voluntary Aided school has its own individual Admissions Policy designed to meet the needs of the local community including Christians, non Christians and those of no faith. Most Voluntary Aided schools use Christian commitment in their admissions criteria so that Christian parents can have their regular attendance at worship taken into account. The school will then ask parents to provide a declaration of their Christian commitment usually by regular attendance at worship in a Christian church. This evidence is often on a form where you declare your attendance and have that validated by a priest or minister of the church you attend. The form is called a Supplementary Information Form. Please check with the individual school if they use Christian commitment in their admissions policy and how you can complete any necessary paperwork.

Admission Policy Consultation for September 2019

Please find below a Template Aided School Admissions policy for Governing Bodies to adapt to their local needs.

Advice Letter to schools
Model Admission Policy

Admission Appeals for Voluntary Aided Schools

Admission Appeals for Voluntary Aided Schools are now undertaken by the Local Authority in which the school lies.
The diocesan education team are happy to speak to Appellants (Parents/Carers) for Infant Class Size Appeals and to advise schools as the need arises

Get In Touch

For information about Admissions and Appeals please contact Sharon Brueton on:

T: 02392 899651
E: Sharon.Brueton@portsmouth.anglican.org

Term time only, Monday to Thursday.