Looked after and previously looked after children

Looked after children (also known as children in care) and previously looked after children have the highest priority for places

Looked after children are those who are in the care of a local authority, or are being provided with accommodation by a local authority in England in the exercise of their social services functions.

Previously looked after children are those who immediately after being in care (as defined above) became subject to an adoption order, child arrangements order or special guardianship order.

Applications for looked after children must be completed by the designated social worker.

If you are making an application for a previously looked after child, you should indicate this on your application and submit one of the following pieces of evidence:

Evidence must be sent to the Admissions Team by the application deadline. Send the whole document, as priority cannot be given without it. We may contact the local authority where the child was in care to confirm the child's status.