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Comment on school admission arrangements

Parents invited to comment on school admission arrangements

3 January 2018

North Lincolnshire Council is consulting on changes to the wording of its admission arrangements for the 2019/20 intake year to improve clarity and compliance with the School Admissions Code. The key changes are:

  • Added information about requesting admission outside the normal age group

  • Added information about deferring starting school until the Spring or Summer terms

  • Definition of sibling altered to clarify that all children living as part of the same family unit at the same address will be included

  • Definition of shortest available route to school altered to clarify that public paths will be used in addition to roads

  • Overview catchment maps added (the maps are unchanged but have previously not been part of the document)

Most other academies and schools in North Lincolnshire which are responsible for their own admissions arrangements are making similar amendments and are also consulting.

Eastoft Church of England Primary School is seeking to change its admissions criteria to remove those that refer to worshipping regularly at St Bartholomew’s Church or at any other Christian church. This will have the effect of making the school’s admission arrangements the same as those for council-controlled schools.

The Humber UTC is seeking to remove council coordination of its year ten applications. This will enable the UTC to set a timetable more suited to recruiting year ten students and to receive their applications directly.

The sixth forms at Sir John Nelthorpe School, South Axholme Academy, and The Vale Academy are seeking to change their academic entry criteria, due to changes in the grades for GCSE qualifications.

Cllr David Rose, cabinet member for Children, Families and Learning said:

“We want to make sure admissions arrangements are fair and allow each child in North Lincolnshire the best start in life. We welcome your comments about the proposed changes to our admissions arrangements and the changes other schools and academies are looking to make.

“If you would like your say, visit our website for more detailed information and send us your comments before the deadline in January to ensure your views are heard.”

Full copies of the proposed arrangements with changes highlighted, and further details of the consultation are available on our consultations page.

We are consulting on the admissions arrangements until Friday 26 January 2018. Parents can send their comments on the proposed changes in the admission arrangements to sean.kendrew@northlincs.gov.uk or via post to Sean Kendrew, Access Manager (Admissions and Transport), North Lincolnshire Council, PO Box 35, Station Road, Brigg, North Lincolnshire, DN20 8XJ.

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First Published:03 January 2018