79 people completed the survey.
44% of respondents were in favour of the change to the sibling criteria.
Concerns were largely around the difficulties of transporting two children to different schools at the same time of day, and the need for siblings to support one another in the same school, whereas those in favour of the proposal felt that it was fair to prioritise local residents ahead of out of area siblings.
71% of respondents were in favour of the change to the tie-break measurement
The majority felt the new distance measurement would make it easier to estimate the chance is getting into a preferred school.
Regarding how applications after the closing date are treated, we simply asked for comments on this. There was a consensus that the proposal was child-centred and sensible.
The changes were agreed and will come into force for September 2017 onwards.
An amendment was made to the sibling criteria rule which made an allowance for parents previously unable to secure a preferred school. The new policy will include the following;
‘where a child has been unable to secure a place at a school in his/her community area and has been directed to attend a school outside the area as an alternative, any applications for younger siblings to attend the school will be treated as if the family were resident in the community area, as long as the sibling will still be attending the school when the younger child starts.’