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Agenda item

School Admission Requests - Primary School Places

Report of the Executive Director, People Services



The Executive Director, People Services, submitted reports and commented upon three cases where parents had expressed a wish for their children to be admitted to primary schools of their choice.  The Executive Director stated that places in primary schools had been identified by the City Council, in accordance with the published admission criteria, and it had been agreed that the Executive Director would provisionally allocate places at those schools where there were places available, up to the standard number/admission limit.  The Committee was requested to consider changes in the families’ circumstances and/or prioritising the pupils on waiting lists, within their respective categories, for admission if and when places become available.




The Committee gave consideration to all the supporting evidence and  information provided by the pupils’ parents including, in one case, evidence and advice provided by voluntary or professional bodies and organisations, and, arising therefrom, it was:-




RESOLVED: That (a) one pupil be prioritised at the top of the waiting list in the “catchment” category and a new application be granted, based on the fact that there are new circumstances which were not available when the original application was submitted; (Case No. ARB1); and




(b) the Committee considers that there has not been a material change in the families’ circumstances and therefore authority be not given for new applications to be processed in these cases (Case Nos. HH1 and HK1).




(NOTE:  In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 26 of the Council’s Constitution and the provisions of Section 100B(4)(b) of the Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985, the Chair decided that Case No.ARB1 be considered as a matter of urgency in order for the request to be considered at the earliest possible opportunity although it had not been possible to give five clear days’ notice that the request was to be considered).