Despite the growing emphasis over the last quarter of the 20th century on the element of parental choice in their child's schooling, admission to the first school of choice is not always possible if the school chosen is oversubscribed. Schools are required to have an admission policy which is both public and transparent, making clear the criteria which will be applied when selecting pupils for admission. Parental appeals against schools' admission decisions have risen sharply since the policy of parental choice replaced the previous system operated by local authorities of allotting a catchment area to each school so that the choice of schools, in non‐selective systems, was limited and determined by where pupils lived. Admissions appeals can be made by parents against a school's decision not to admit their child. See school adjudicator.
Subjects: Law — Education.