That the 2017/2018 admission arrangements for community and controlled schools and co-ordinated admission schemes, as set out in the annexes to the report, be agreed.
The Executive considered a report relating to the proposed School Admission Arrangements for 2017/18 which will apply to all state funded schools within the Borough (including free schools and academies but not special schools) and includes the admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools. It was noted that although the Council had no legal requirement to co-ordinate in-year admissions all schools in the Borough, except one, chose to be part of the in-year admission scheme.
The Executive Member for Children’s Services highlighted the changes being proposed to the current admission arrangements which included:
· Clarity around families and not just children with medical and social needs;
· Changes to residency requirements i.e. parents who own more than one home;
· Wording relating to crown servants;
· Management of waiting lists;
· Increasing the designated area of Nine Mile Ride Primary School to bring it in line with a small area of the Borough that was not previously included;
· Prioritising 2-year olds who were already in nursery or getting free funding into the admissions policy; and
· A new timetable for co-ordinated schemes.
It was further noted that all the proposed changes had been consulted upon and no comments had been received during the consultation period.
RECOMMENDATION: That the 2017/2018 admission arrangements for community and controlled schools and co-ordinated admission schemes, as set out in the annexes to the report, be agreed.