Consultation on admissions arrangements 2017-18

Closed 31 Jan 2016

Opened 23 Nov 2015

Feedback Updated 14 Mar 2016

We Asked

For views on the proposed admission arrangements to Community and Controlled Schools for the 2017/18 school year. The main changes were

  • To restrict the application of the sibling link so that children living within the community area for a given school are a higher priority than siblings living outside the community area;
  • To change the measurement of the home to school distance tie-break from shortest walking route to straight line;
  • To allow applications received after the closing date due to verified house move or other material change of circumstances to be treated as on time if received before a second deadline.

You Said

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.

We Did

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.’

Results Updated 14 Mar 2016

The Lead Member for Education and Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability considered a report on 22 February 2016 by the Director of Children’s Services which sought approval for admission arrangements for the 2017/18 school year.


This consultation outlines the proposed admissions arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools from September 2017. It also sets out the proposed schemes for co-ordination for the normal years of entry.

Why We Are Consulting

This survey outlines the Authority's proposed admissions arrangements for the 2017-18 school year. Consultation begins on Monday 23 November 2015 and ends on Sunday 31 January 2016 which satisfies the duty to consult for at least six weeks. Comments are welcomed on any aspect of these arrangements.

We strongly recommend that you read the related documents with care to fully understand the proposals as there are a number of changes.

What Happens Next

Once we've consulted, the admission arrangements for primary and secondary community and voluntray controlled schools for the 2017-18 school year will be finalised and subsequently published in line with statutory guidelines.




  • All Areas


  • Anyone from any background


  • Schools and school admissions