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Service Families - school admissions

Cornwall Council acknowledges that Service Families may be disadvantaged when applying for a school place as they are more likely to need to apply outside the normal admissions round when schools may already be full or be unable to provide a specific address ahead of a posting in good time for the relevant admissions processes.

There are certain legislative provisions for the admission of children of Service Families and processes within the Local Authority which seek to address the disadvantage that might be experienced by Service Families.  These are described in the Protocol available below along with signposting to sources of support and further information.

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The Armed Forces Covenant exists to make sure the service community is not disadvantaged when accessing public services.  In light of the Armed Forces Covenant there are some specific references to Service Children in the School Admission Code which are explained in the Protocol.   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

Support and information

The Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) provides expert and impartial advice about the education of service children.  Visit the CEAS website.