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Explanation of Terms

Academy a school where the governing body set the criteria and is responsible for the school admissions.
Acceptance form

the form to be completed and returned by parents to let us know if they wish to accept the school place their child has been offered by

Friday 29 April 2016 for primary admissions 
Tuesday 15 March 2016 for secondary admissions

Admission authority the admission authority is responsible for pupil places and setting the admissions criteria. The local authority (council) is the admissions authority for community and voluntary controlled schools. The schools governing body is the admission authority for voluntary aided schools.
Admission criteria the conditions of admissions agreed by the Local Authority (in the case of community and voluntary controlled schools) or by the governing body (in the case of voluntary aided schools and academies).
Adoption order an order made under Section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002.
Appeal any parent whose child is refused a place at one of their preferred schools has the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel
Child Arrangement Order an order to decide who a child is to live with and / or who the child will spend time with
Community school a school where the council is responsible for the admissions and setting the criteria
DfE The Department for Education (central government for education).
Home local authority A child’s home local authority is the authority in which they live, i.e. the authority to which council tax is paid
Looked after children Children who are in the care of a local authority and as defined by Section 22 of the Children Act 1989 (see also previously looked after children)
Oversubscribed where there are more requests for admission to a year group in a school, than there are places available.
Parent/guardian/carer a person who can exercise legal parental responsibility as defined under the 1989 Children’s Act.
Planned admission number (PAN) the maximum number of pupils to be admitted into a particular year group at a school.
Preference the legal right of parents to state the school they would prefer their child to attend.
Previously looked after children Previously looked after children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order.
Sibling link an older brother/sister or step brother/sister that shares the same parent/guardian and lives at the same address as the child applying and will be attending the preferred school at the time of admission, or adopted brothers and sisters living at the same address and to children who are fostered and have other children from the host family attending the school in question
Single offer of a school place The one offer for a place at a school which is made to a parent on 
Monday 18 April 2016 for primary admissions
Tuesday 1 March 2016 for secondary admissions
Special guardianship order an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child's special guardian or guardians as described under Section 14A of the Children Act 1989
Voluntary aided school (VA) a school where the governing body set the criteria and is responsible for the school admissions
Voluntary controlled school a school where the council set the criteria and is responsible for admissions.