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The School Information (England) Regulations 2008

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SCHEDULE 1Regulations revoked

Regulations revokedReferences

Extent of

revocation

The Education (School Information) (England) Regulations 2002S.I. 2002/2897The whole Regulations
The Education (School Information) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2005S.I. 2005/2152The whole Regulations
The Education (School Information) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2007S.I. 2007/1365The whole Regulations
The Education (Pupil Referral Units) (Application of Enactments) (England) Regulations 2007S.I. 2007/2979Paragraph 1 of Schedule 3

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SCHEDULE 2Information to be published in Composite Prospectuses

PART 1General

1.  The postal and website addresses and telephone numbers of the offices of the local authority to which enquiries in respect of primary and secondary education in their area should be addressed.

2.  An explanation of the stages in the process of applying for a school place including:

(a)how to apply, including how to apply on-line, and by what date;

(b)when offers of places will be communicated to parents;

(c)when appeals will be heard; and

(d)how applications made otherwise than in the course of a normal admission round will be dealt with.

3.  A copy of the common application form, and details of how to complete and submit this.

4.  A summary of the local authority’s sustainable modes of travel strategy.

5.  In relation to travel arrangements—

(a)the local authority’s general arrangements and policies in respect of the making of travel arrangements in accordance with the discharge of their functions under sections 508B and 508C of EA 1996, or

(b)where a school travel scheme made by the local authority has effect in relation to an admission year, the arrangements made under the scheme.

6.  The information in paragraph 5 must include, in particular—

(a)the provision of free transport;

(b)the carriage on school buses of pupils for whom free transport is not provided;

(c)the payment in whole or in part of reasonable travelling expenses;

(d)the provision of other travel arrangements including escorts;

(e)the arrangements for children with special educational needs; and

(f)the arrangements in respect of transport for pupils to schools for which a pupil’s parent has expressed a preference on the grounds of the parent’s religion or belief.

7.  A summary of the local authority’s co-ordinated admission scheme made or adopted under section 88M of SSFA.(1)

8.  An explanation of the local authority’s fair access protocol.

PART 2Information in respect of each school mentioned in the composite prospectus

9.  The name, postal address, website addresses (if they have one), and telephone number of the school.

10.  The name of a person to whom enquiries should be addressed.

11.  The classification of the school as—

(a)a community, foundation, voluntary controlled or voluntary aided school, Academy, city technology college or city college for the technology of the arts;

(b)a primary, middle or secondary school;

(c)a co-educational or single-sex school;

(d)a day or boarding school, or a school taking both day and boarding pupils;

(e)in the case of a school with selection arrangements, a partially selective school or a grammar school;

(f)in the case of a school designated as having a religious character by an order under section 69(3) of SSFA 1998, the religious denomination, or denominations, of the school(2);

(g)in the case of a school with specialist status, its specialism.

12.  The expected number of pupils at the school and their age range.

13.  The determined admission number, or numbers, for the school(3); and the number of preferences expressed for places at the school for the previous admission year(4).

14.  The determined admission arrangements for the school in relation to each relevant age group at the school (including ages above and below compulsory school age) and, where the admission arrangements include a supplementary information form, a copy of that form.

15.  In any case where the determined admission arrangements—

(a)are the subject of an objection referred to the adjudicator under section 88H of SSFA 1998,

(b)are being considered by the adjudicator under section 88I(4)(a) or (5)(a) of SSFA 1998, or

(c)in the case of an Academy, a city technology college or city college for the technology of the arts, are the subject of a reference to the Secretary of State,

and where the adjudicator’s determination or, as the case may be, the adjudicator’s or Secretary of State’s decision is pending, a statement of that fact.(5)

16.  The date until which any waiting list for the school will be maintained following the communication of offers of places to parents.

17.  Information as to where and by what means parents may access sources of general information relating to the school, including such information as annual school achievement and attainment tables, published reports of recent school inspections, school open days and the school’s uniform policy.

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SCHEDULE 3Information to be Published by Local Authorities

PART 1Miscellaneous Matters

1.  The postal and website addresses and telephone numbers of the offices of the local authority to which enquiries in respect of primary and secondary education in their area should be addressed.

2.  The arrangements for parents to obtain the information specified in Schedule 2 in the case of individual schools other than special schools.

3.  The local authority’s general arrangements and policies in respect of the provision of milk, meals and other refreshment including, in particular, the remission in whole or in part of charges.

4.  The local authority’s general arrangements and policies in respect of the provision of school clothing (including uniform and physical training clothes) and the making of grants to defray expenses in respect of such clothing and, in particular, the address from which parents may obtain detailed information about the assistance which is available and eligibility for it.

5.  The local authority’s general arrangements and policies, in the case of pupils attending schools maintained by any authority in respect of—

(a)the making of grants to defray expenses (other than those mentioned in paragraphs 4 and 11); and

(b)the granting of allowances in the case of pupils over compulsory school age,

and, in particular, the address from which parents may obtain detailed information about the assistance which is available and eligibility for it.

6.  The local authority’s general policy in respect of the entering of pupils for public examinations.

7.  The local authority’s general arrangements and policies in respect of special educational provision for pupils with special educational needs including, in particular, the arrangements for parents to obtain information about the matters mentioned in Part 2 of this Schedule.

8.  The arrangements for parents and others to obtain copies of and to refer to particulars of the charging and remissions policies determined by the authority under section 457 of EA 1996.

9.  The local authority’s sustainable modes of travel strategy.

10.  In relation to travel arrangements——

(a)the local authority’s general arrangements and policies in respect of the making of travel arrangements in accordance with the discharge of their functions under sections 508B and 508C of EA 1996; or

(b)where a school travel scheme made by the authority has effect in relation to an admission year, the arrangements made under the scheme.

11.  The information in paragraph 10 must include, in particular—

(a)the provision of free transport;

(b)the carriage on school buses of pupils for whom free transport is not provided;

(c)the payment in whole or in part of reasonable travelling expenses;

(d)the provision of other travel arrangements including escorts;

(e)the arrangements for children with special educational needs; and

(f)the arrangements in respect of transport for pupils to schools for which a pupil’s parent has expressed a preference on the grounds of the parent’s religion or belief.

PART 2Special Educational Provision

12.  The local authority’s detailed arrangements and policies in respect of—

(a)the identification and assessment of children with special educational needs and the involvement of parents in that process;

(b)the provision made in community, voluntary and special schools maintained by them for pupils with special educational needs and the use made by them of such special schools maintained by other authorities; and

(c)special educational provision provided otherwise than at school.

13.  The local authority’s arrangements and policies in respect of the use of non-maintained special and independent schools.

14.  The arrangements for parents who consider that their child may have special educational needs to obtain advice and further information.

15.  The local authority’s arrangements and policies in respect of transport for pupils of compulsory school age and below to and from maintained and non-maintained special schools and independent schools.

16.  The arrangements for parents to obtain the information particularised in Schedule 2 in the case of the special schools used by the authority which are maintained by them or other authorities.

PART 3Exceptional Provision of Education in Pupil Referral Units or Elsewhere

17.  The local authority’s general arrangements and policies in respect of the provision of education to which section 19 of EA 1996 applies (exceptional provision of education in pupil referral units or elsewhere).

(1)

Section 88M is inserted by section 151 of the Education and Skills Act 2008.

(2)

Section 69(3) applies to Academies, city technology colleges and city colleges for the technology of the arts, which are independent schools, by virtue of section 124B of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.

(3)

In the case of maintained schools the admission number is determined in accordance with section 88D of the SSFA, inserted by section 151 of the Education and Skills Act 2008.

(4)

In the case of maintained schools this is a reference to preferences expressed in accordance with section 86(1) or 86A(1)(c) and (d) of SSFA 1998. Section 86 is amended by paragraph 54 of Schedule 1 to the Education and Skills Act 2008, and section 86A is inserted by section 150 of that Act.

(5)

Sections 88H and 88I are inserted by section 151 of the Education and Skills Act 2008.

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