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Consultation on reducing PAN

Posted on November 21, 2018

Forest Academy is planning to reduce our admissions number for 2019 from three forms of entry (90 pupils) to two forms (60 pupils) of entry. We have been under-subscribed for a number of years and this adjustment will simply bring the school’s admissions criteria in line with our current demand. This will not affect the school’s current arrangement for your child, nor future admissions.

The consultation for this proposed change is six weeks and will close on 8 January 2019.

Wayne Cooper


Why are we consulting?

The Schools Admissions Code 2014 sets out a requirement for all Admission Authorities to undertake statutory consultation where they propose a variation to the Published Admission Number (PAN) of a school.

Once the admission arrangements have been determined for a particular year, the Academy/School is required to seek approval from the Office of the Schools Adjudicator to reduce the school’s PAN and notified the appropriate bodies.

The purpose of consultation is to seek the views of parents, carers and other interested stakeholders on the proposal to reduce the school’s PAN for September 2019.

The Proposal

 The Synaptic Trust Local is the Admissions Authority for Forest Academy, and in agreement with the Governing Body proposes to reduce the published admission number of the school from 90 to 60 for the September 2019.

This means that the number of places available for children in Year Reception in September 2019 will be 60. For children who already have a place at the school in other year groups there will be no change.


As a Borough, Croydon has since seen a decrease in the birth rate which has led to a higher level of surplus places in some of the educational planning areas across the borough; including the East planning area, where Forest Academy is located.

A large portion of funding received by schools is directly related to the number of pupils attending the school. Too many vacancies in schools mean that we will not receive the maximum revenue possible. Therefore we are proposing to reduce the number of available places to enable the schools to operate more efficiently and cost effectively efficiently and cost effectively.

The current Published Admission Number (PAN) for Forest Academy School is 90. The proposal is to reduce the PAN to 60 for September 2019 Year to ensure that the PAN is more in line with the number on roll.

Who are we consulting with?

During this consultation period we want to seek representations from:

 Parents and carers of children already attending the school

 Parents of any other children aged from birth upwards

 School staff

 School Governors

 Local Primary Schools

 Anyone else with interest or might be affected by the proposed change

What happens next?

In January 2019 The Synaptic Trust will consider the results of the consultation and in discussion with the Governing Body, decide whether to refer the proposal to reduce the school’s PAN to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator for approval.

How to Respond

The consultation will run from Tuesday 20th November 2018 until 3 pm on Tuesday 8th January 2019.

You can respond by completing and returning the tear off slip below to the school office or via email or by post to: Forest Academy, Bridle Road, Croydon,CR0 8HQ.

Please tell us whether you support/do not support the proposed change to reduce Forest Academy Published Admission Number from 90 to 60 from September 2019. 

I support the proposed changes                                                                                                                                                   

I do not support the proposed changes                                                                                                                        

Not sure                                                                                                                       

I am not affected by/do not want to answer questions about this proposed Change.                                                                                                                        

If you do not support the proposed change, please tell us why.