from “nearest school” to “straight line distance from home address”

– have your say now – here is the link here

Consultation on admission arrangements for Surrey’s schools for 2022  

We find it tricky to understand this approach, unless it is simply a clarification exercise to stop problems for parents and the Authority too – but do have a look –

The changes being proposed are as follows:

The majority of State-funded community schools and voluntary controlled schools –

Removal of use of ‘nearest school’ as a criterion within the admission arrangements.

So, for most schools, after siblings, priority will be based on straight line distance from the child’s home address to the school.

 Surrey County Council is consulting on:

  • proposed changes to admission arrangements for the majority of community and voluntary controlled schools for September 2022
  • Surrey’s relevant area – this is the geographical area within which schools must consult on their admission arrangements.

Full details of the consultation and the changes being proposed are available at   

Why we are consulting

 We have a statutory duty to consult on admission arrangements if we intend to make a change

How can I respond to the consultation?

 The consultation on the admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools and the proposed changes will run until Tuesday 1 December 2020. If you would like to take part please complete an online response form at ( Alternatively, if you would prefer to respond on a paper form, please telephone the Surrey Schools and Childcare Service on 0300 200 1004 to request a copy. Please note that only response forms which are fully completed with the respondent’s name and address will be accepted.

What happens next?

 After the closing date, responses will be collated and presented to the County Council’s decision-making Cabinet on 26 January 2021. It will decide whether to proceed with the proposed changes as well as determining the admission arrangements for all community and voluntary controlled schools for which no changes are proposed. Cabinet’s decision will then need to be ratified by the full County Council on 9 February 2021. Once determined the final admission arrangements for all community and voluntary controlled schools for 2021 will be placed on Surrey’s website at