Objections to Schools' Adjudicator

Information about how to refer objections to the Office of the Schools' Adjudicator.

Admission authorities are responsible for admissions and must act in accordance with the 2012 School Admissions Code and the School Admission Appeals Code other laws relating to admissions (the main provisions being Chapter 1 of Part 3 of the 1998 School Standards and Framework Act, and relevant human rights and equalities legislation


The admission authority for the school must set out in their arrangements the criteria against which places will be allocated at the school when there are more applications than places and the order in which the criteria will be applied. All children whose statement of special educational needs (SEN) names the school must be admitted. If the school is not oversubscribed, all applicants must be offered a place (with the exception of designated grammar schools).

Unlawful or non-compliance

Any person or body who considers that any maintained school or Academy’s arrangements are unlawful, or not in compliance with the Code or relevant law relating to admissions, can make an objection to the Schools Adjudicator. The following types of objections cannot be brought:

a) objections that seek to remove selective arrangements at a maintained school (which are permitted under Sections 105 to 109 of the 1998 School Standards and Framework Act) or a selective Academy;

b) objections about own authority admission’s decision to increase or keep the same Published Admission Number;

c) objections about a decision by the admission authority of a voluntary controlled or community school to increase or keep the same Published Admission Number, unless the objection is brought by the governing body of the school;

d) objections in respect of an agreed variation from the Code in relation to admission arrangements for an Academy;

e) objections to arrangements which raise the same or substantially the same matters as the adjudicator has decided on for that school in the last 2 years; and

f) anonymous objections.

The Adjudicator may also consider arrangements that come to the Adjudicator’s attention by other means which the Adjudicator considers may not comply with mandatory requirements.

Making an objection

Objections must be referred to the Adjudicator by 30 June in the determination year. Further information on how to make an objection can be obtained from the Office of the Schools Adjudicator.