Reasons for the proposal
The admission arrangements currently in place prioritise children transferring from primary school to secondary school who attend a feeder school and live in a schools catchment area. The change would reinforce the position to ensure that children can attend their local secondary school, particularly as a number of large scale housing developments are leading to a rise in demand for secondary school places in certain areas.
The Council is committed to providing local schools for local children where possible. The Councils Admissions Forum has considered this proposal.
The revised arrangements would not prevent parents from applying for a school of their choice, the same options will be available as they are at present but where a school is oversubscribed, residence within catchment area would be a high priority when allocating places.
More information on the proposal can be found in the following documents: