Cornwall Council invite people to have their say about school admissions

Parents, carers, schools and other interested parties are invited to have their say on proposed changes to admission arrangements for community and voluntary-controlled schools for the 2020/21 school year.

Cornwall Council is proposing changes to the criteria used if school places are oversubscribed, and how places will be allocated. It means some primary schools could give greater priority to children who have a sibling already at the school. 

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In addition, the arrangements propose a reduction to the number of pupils that the school will admit at two primary schools in the county.

Councillor Sally Hawken, Portfolio Holder for Children and Wellbeing said: “We would urge parents, carers, schools and anyone else to have their say, so that we can make sure our admissions arrangements reflect what the local community needs. It is important that we hear as many views as possible, so that we can make the most informed decisions.”

The admission arrangements apply to 25 primary schools and one secondary school. Cornwall Council is the admission authority for community and voluntary-controlled schools which means it is responsible for admissions to those schools.   

The consultation deadline is 31 January 2019. People are invited to have their say, and can contact the council:

If you need help with letting us know your views or you need this information in a different format, please contact the School Admissions Team on 0300 1234 101.

Following the consultation the Council will decide whether or not to go ahead with the proposed changes and will agree the final arrangements by the deadline of 28 February 2019. The final decision will be made by the Service Director, Education and Early Years Service. The arrangements will then be published on Cornwall Council's website.

Posted on 19 December 2018