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​The Department for Education (DfE) sets the policy and strategic direction for education and children's services across England and Wales.

View the DfE's Statutory Duties List of local authority duties in regards to education, children and young people.

City of London Education Budget Statements

​Local Authorities (LA) are required to prepare and submit a budget statement before the beginning of each financial year to the Secretary of State for Education.

Purpose of the statements

The statements are intended to provide a clear picture of:

  • how much the LA intends to spend on the LEA Budget outside the Schools Budget
  • how much the LA is proposing to retain centrally within the Schools Budget
  • how the local formula is working to produce budget shares for each school in the LA’s area

Scheme for financing schools

Every Local Authority must have a scheme for financing schools. This document defines the financial relationship between the Authority and the schools in its area.

The Department for Education (DfE) provides Local Authorities with a model scheme, which they must adopt. However, they can amend or add to the scheme, if they wish, to reflect any local changes or policies. Sometimes a Local Authority has to make revisions to its scheme that are directed by the DfE.

Relevant documents

Fair Access Protocol

Each local authority must have a Fair Access Protocol (325KB) 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.

City of London Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme

Schemes to co-ordinate maintained primary and secondary school admissions arrangements for 2020/21

Pan-London Co-ordination Admissions Scheme for Primary and Junior Schools 2020/21

Pan-London Co-ordination Admissions Scheme for Secondary Schools 2020/21

All admission policies can also be viewed at the City of London offices. For more information contact

Admissions Services
City of London Corporation
North Wing, Guildhall
London EC2V 7HH
020 7332 1002
Email the team

SEN Policies

​Local Authorities are required to provide information about its arrangements for supporting children and young people with special educational needs: 


A policy that explains the level of funding in schools' budgets that should be used to provide additional support to children and young people with special educational needs without statements and the level of funding held centrally in the Local Authority's budget to support children and young people with special educational needs with statements.


A policy that outlines the approach the Local Authority is taking to promote:

  • high standards of education for children and young people with special educational needs
  • full participation of children and young people in making decisions about their education
  • schools to share good practice in making provision for children and young people with special educational needs
  • good working relationships and practices with other statutory and voluntary bodies

The Government is currently changing the national framework for meeting children's and young people's special educational needs and we will be actively reviewing its policies in the light of these national developments.

Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School admissions arrangements

Viewing and objecting to school admission arrangements

All admissions authorities must determine their admission arrangements by 28 February every year, even if they have not changed from previous years.

The determined admission arrangements for a school are the full set of arrangements, which set out how a school will admit pupils. This includes the published admission number (the maximum number of pupils intended to be admitted to the relevant year group), the oversubscription criteria and information on waiting lists.

As there are no community or voluntary controlled schools in the City of London, the City of London is not an admissions authority. This means that the City of London does not set any admissions arrangements.

There is only one maintained primary school in the City of London, Sir John Cass's Foundation Primary School, which is a voluntary-aided primary school. The admission authority for foundation, voluntary aided schools and academies is the governing body or academy trust of the individual school.

Determined admission arrangements for schools in the City of London

The governing body at Sir John Cass's Foundation Primary School have determined their admissions arrangements for 2020/21.

Sir John Cass's Foundation Primary School Admissions Arrangements 2020/21 (831KB)

You can make an objection to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) if you think that the admissions arrangements of a local-authority-maintained school or an academy do not comply with the School Admissions Code.

Objections to the arrangements determined for admissions in the 2020/21 academic year must be referred to the adjudicator by 15 May 2019.

If you wish to make an objection complete the school admission arrangements objection form

Further information on how to make an objection can be obtained from the Office of the Schools Adjudicator

Email the OSA.

Contact the school for more information their determined admissions policy

Clerk to the Governors
Sir John Cass's Foundation Primary School
St James' Passage, Duke's Place
London EC3A 5DE

Telephone: 020 7283 1147
Email: admissions team
Website: Sir John Cass's Foundation Primary School

How we use information we hold - Data Protection Act 1998

All information is dealt with sensitively and treated confidentially in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

The City Corporation uses information about children for whom it provides services to enable it to carry out specific education functions for which it is responsible e.g. the assessment of any special educational needs of a child, the disclosure of information to other local authorities in which a child attending the School resides for the purposes of managing primary to secondary school transfers etc.

We also use information to derive statistics to inform decisions on funding of schools, to assess school performance and to set school targets, etc. The statistics are used in such a way that individual children cannot be identified from them. Information may be provided to the Department for Education (DfE) or provided to other persons where it is lawful to do so.

Further information

For more details about how the DfE and the School use information about your child, see

To speak to someone in the City of London please contact:

Ms Sharon McLaughlin
Business Support Manager
Community and Children's Services Department
PO Box 270
London EC2P 2EJ
Email Sharon McLaughlin
020 7332 3498

Safeguarding Policy

​This policy provides guidance for all City of London Corporation (City Corporation) staff, Members and individuals, consultants and agencies contracted by the City Corporation who may come across concerns regarding the “safeguarding” and protection of children, young people and adults at risk within the context of their work.

It is a duty of the City Corporation to ensure that children and adults are safeguarded from harm.

Everyone has a responsibility to safeguard the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, whatever the role of the individual, or the City Corporation service or department they work in.


City of London Corporation Safeguarding Policy (128KB)

Sustainable Modes of Travel Strategy

The City of London Corporation has a statutory duty under the Education and Inspections Act 2006 to promote the use of sustainable modes of travel to meet school travel needs of the City of London.

Sustainable Modes of Travel Strategy (292KB)

The City Corporation aims to support and promote sustainable ways of travelling to and from school, to the children and young people living in our communities and those coming into the Square Mile to study. In doing so it is hoped to bring benefits for pupils, parents and teachers in the City of London, and support the delivery of the City Corporation’s wider ambitions such as improving air quality, child health and road safety.