Agenda Item No. 12(c)
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
COUNCIL MEETING: 27 APRIL 2016
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 11 APRIL 2016
C3141 SCHOOL ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS 2017/2018 (CSS) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – LIFELONG LEARNING) -
Cabinet was advised of the outcome of the Council’s statutory consultation exercise on school admission arrangements for Community Schools in accordance with the Education (Determination of Admission arrangements) (Wales) Regulations 2006.
The local authority had a statutory duty to consult on school admission arrangements annually. The school admission arrangements had to be determined by 15 April, 2016 for implementation for the academic year 2017/ 2018.
The School Admissions Policy was issued for consultation on 5 January 2016 to headteachers and chairs of governors of all schools in the Vale of Glamorgan, neighbouring local authorities and diocesan directors of education. Responses were required by 29 February, 2016.
The Local Authority was required to produce a document each year for the subsequent school year's admission round detailing school admission arrangements for all maintained schools in its area. This could be found within the Council’s Parental Guide to School Admissions which was made available on the Council’s website, at local libraries and all schools in the Vale of Glamorgan.
The Council had consulted on an interim change to the school catchment areas for High Street and Holton Primary Schools. This was considered necessary to manage the potential demand for school places from the Barry Waterfront development up until 2019.
A new primary school was proposed to be built as part of Barry Waterfront development in 2019 (subject to building completion rates and public consultation) to accommodate children living on the Waterfront development in Barry and the surrounding area.
The proposal was to realign the school catchment area for Barry Waterfront development from High Street Primary to Holton Primary School due to the anticipated demand for up to an additional 210 primary school places from phases 1, 2 and 3 of the development. High Street Primary School did not have the capacity to accommodate a further 210 children whereas Holton Primary School had spare capacity. It was recognised that parents were able to express a preference for their children to attend the school of their choice.
The current catchment area maps and proposed revision for the schools was attached at Appendix A to the report.
This was a matter for Executive decision
Cabinet, having considered the report and all the issues and implications contained therein
(1) T H A T the Schools Admissions Policy for 2017/2018 attached at Appendix A to the report, including interim changes to the catchment areas of Holton and High Street Primary schools for the academic year 2017/2018 ensuring that the requirement to determine the policy by 15 April, 2016 was met, be approved.
(2) T H A T the use of article 14.14 of the Council's Constitution (urgent decision procedure) be authorised in respect of resolution 1 above.
Reasons for decisions
(1) The Council was required to review school admission arrangements annually and to approve the arrangements for 2017/18 following appropriate consultation by 15 April, 2016.
(2) In line with article 14.14 of the Council's Constitution.