The purpose of this Code is to ensure the independence of admission appeal panels and to ensure that all admission appeals for maintained schools and Academies are conducted in a fair and transparent way.
This Code has the force of law. Where it imposes mandatory requirements, or refers to requirements in legislation, the words ‘must’ or ‘must not’ are used.
This Code is designed to give admission authorities the freedom they need to run the appeals process efficiently, whilst maintaining minimum requirements which will ensure fairness and transparency. In drawing up this simpler, shorter Code, we have been guided by the principle that admission authorities are best placed to decide how to meet those requirements.