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Service Families - school admissions

Service Families may be disadvantaged when applying for a school place. This is because:

  • they are more likely to need to apply when schools may already be full; and
  • they may be unable to provide a specific address in time for the admissions process
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There are certain legal requirements for the admission of children of Service Families. Cornwall Council try to address any disadvantage for Service Families. These are described in the Service Families Protocol below. There is also signposting to sources of support and further information.

The Armed Forces Covenant tries to make sure that the service community is not disadvantaged.

There are some specific references to Service Children in the School Admission Code. It should be noted that:

  • the Covenant does not seek preferential treatment for the service community; and
  • the School Admissions Code does not give Service Children any automatic right to a place in their preferred school

Service Families Protocol - for the admission of children of UK Service Personnel and other Crown Servants to all state-funded schools in Cornwall

The Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) provides expert and impartial advice.  Visit the CEAS website.