The school admissions code December 2014 states that:
“3.9: Each local authority must have a Fair Access Protocol, agreed with the majority of schools in its area to ensure that – outside the normal admissions round – unplaced children, especially the most vulnerable, are offered a place at a suitable school as quickly as possible. In agreeing a protocol, the local authority must ensure that no school – including those with available places – is asked to take a disproportionate number of children who have been excluded from other schools, or who have challenging behaviour. Departmental Advice issued in November 2012 entitled Fair Access Protocols: Principles and Process gives local authorities and schools including Academies the freedom to develop and agree protocols which best serve the needs of children in their area. The documentation emphasises the importance of openness and fairness in all pupil admissions, but especially in cases where pupils may have more difficulty securing a place because of previous exclusion or risk of exclusion from school.
Non-Portsmouth residents’ cases will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. Pupils considered Hard to Place will be referred back to their home authority initially.