All adopted children given priority admissions to schools

Published: 13.05.14

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson announced today a change to the schools admissions guidance for local authorities and schools admission authorities that will give priority access to schools for all children adopted from care. The change takes place with immediate effect and applies to all children of school age adopted from care. This extends the schools admissions priority for adopted children beyond those adopted since 2005, as was previously the guidance.
All adopted children given priority admissions to schools

Commenting on the change, Adoption UK's Chief Executive Hugh Thornbery said:

"We welcome today's announcement that all children adopted from the care system will receive schools admissions priority. Adoption UK has campaigned for many years to highlight the additional needs of adopted children and we know from our members that they do not stop being vulnerable just because they are in a loving home. Two thirds of parents we recently surveyed told us that their child is always trying to catch-up in school to make up for their early life experiences. Adopted children can have periods of distress and difficulty at different stages of their school career as a consequence of the neglect and abuse that many will have experienced before coming into care.

"We hope that this change to the schools admissions guidance will encourage more educational professionals to recognise that adopted children often face a unique set of challenges, and enable teachers and schools to play a vital role in helping these children build bright futures. This change will empower adopters to select an educational setting that they feel will provide the best possible outcomes for their child."

See Department for Education guidance on the change to school admissions and what it means for your child.

Please note, for enquires about the school admissions policy please contact your local authority as school admissions are locally determined.