West Berkshire Council

Start date: 2015-11-02
End date: 2016-01-04
Results: 2016-02-05

[ARCHIVED] Admission Arrangements 2017/18 for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools

We are seeking your views on proposed changes to admission arrangements for West Berkshire schools for 2017/18.

Local Authorities have a statutory responsibility to determine admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools in their area by 28 February each year. In doing this, Local Authorities must comply with the requirements of the School Admissions Code and all relevant legislation.

In line with the guidance in the School Admissions Code, a catchment area is part of a school's admission arrangements and must be consulted upon, determined and published in the same way as other admission arrangements.

West Berkshire Council propose to change the catchment areas for Purley Primary, Long Lane Primary and Westwood Farm Infant and Junior Schools.

Purley Primary School is too small for the number of children currently living in the catchment area. In the last four years, demand for places from catchment applicants has exceeded the admission number. This has resulted in children being placed at the nearest school with available places, which in recent years has been up to six miles away.

We are proposing the following changes to the catchment areas:

  1. To expand Westwood Farm Infant and Junior School's catchment area to cover the Purley Primary School catchment area, so that Purley residents would be within both catchment areas.
  2. To expand Long Lane Primary School's catchment area to cover the Purley Primary School catchment area, therefore Purley residents would be within the catchment area for all three schools.

You can view pdf icon a map of the existing and proposed catchment areas [1Mb], and comment on this proposal using the online feedback form.

This consultation has closed.


What you told us

The consultation on the proposed admission arrangements was open from 2 November 2015 – 4 January 2016. It was advertised on the council’s website, posted to the Twitter account, and highlighted to families through communication cascaded to parents via schools. No responses were received.

The Governing Bodies of the schools affected by the catchment change were consulted prior to the catchment proposals being put forward, and had already confirmed their agreement.

What we did

The change to the catchment area for Purley Primary, Long Lane Junior and Westwood Farm Infant and Junior Schools was formally approved and is confirmed.