Development and operating of enrolment schemes for state schools

These guidelines are for setting up a new enrolment scheme, altering an enrolment scheme and operating an enrolment scheme

The purpose of an enrolment scheme is:

  1. to avoid overcrowding or the likelihood of overcrowding at the school; 
  2. to ensure that the selection of applicants for enrolment at the school is carried out in a fair and transparent manner
  3. to enable the Secretary to make the best use of existing networks of State schools.

An enrolment scheme must, as far as possible, ensure that:

  1. the scheme does not exclude local students and
  2. no more students are excluded from the school than is necessary to avoid overcrowding.

Download the Guidelines for the development and operation of enrolment schemes [PDF, 743 KB]

For pre-enrolment processes and balloting for out of zone applicants

Download the instructions relating to the operation of enrolment schemes [PDF, 338 KB] for pre-enrolment processes and ballots for out of zone students 


See sections 11A to 11PA of the Education Act 1989 for full details

Last reviewed: Has this been useful? Give us your feedback