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Secretary of State direction to admit a child to an academy

Forms to be used by local authorities for requesting that the Secretary of State for Education directs an academy to admit a child.

Applies to England


Request to direct admission of a child to an academy

MS Word Document, 77.4KB

Request to direct admission of a looked-after child to an academy

MS Word Document, 74.4KB


The Secretary of State has powers under an academy’s funding agreement to direct an academy to admit a child if they have not been able to secure a school place using the normal in-year admissions procedures. ESFA acts on behalf of the Secretary of State in issuing directions to academies.

Where a local authority considers that an academy would best meet the needs of a child, and the academy refuses to admit the child, the LA can use the forms on this page to apply to ESFA to request that the academy is directed to admit the child.

There are 2 forms with a separate form for a looked-after child (LAC) or previously looked-after child (PLAC).

Published 29 January 2014
Last updated 28 September 2021 + show all updates

  1. We have updated this page to reflect changes to the fair access protocol and to add the form to use for looked after children.

  2. Updated to remove the Word form and link to the online form.

  3. First published.

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