Admission Arrangements 2018/19 for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools
We are seeking your views on proposed changes to admission arrangements for West Berkshire schools for 2018/19
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. Where changes to the admission arrangements are proposed, consultation must take place between 1 October and 31 January.
The proposed admission arrangements for 2018/19 remain largely the same as last years, with the exception of substituting the appropriate dates for 2018/19.
1. To add a second tie breaker in order to comply with the school admission code of practice.
Admission arrangements must include an effective, clear and fair tie breaker to decide between two applications that cannot otherwise be separated. Currently the admission arrangements just use distance as a tie breaker but we could receive applications with the same distance who can't be separated. The second tie breaker proposed is random allocation to distinguish between two or more applicants of the same distance, meeting the same admission rule/criteria.
The details of this change are on page three of the admission arrangements.
2. To clarify what will be considered as a permanent home address for an application.
To ensure the policy meets with equality assessment standards, the proposed changes identify that there are circumstances where families are not in a position to live in an owned or rented property. The address that they live in will still be considered as the permanent home address.
The full details are explained in Appendix one on pages eight and nine of the admission arrangements.
3. To change the admission numbers of Francis Baily Primary School from 75 to 81, and Hungerford Primary School from 75 to 56 to reflect the capacities of the schools.
The full list of school admission numbers is shown in Appendix Two on page 10 of the admission arrangements.
This consultation is open until midnight on Tuesday 31 January 2017.