Admission Policies and Consultation

Community and voluntary controlled schools

Wakefield Council is consulting on some changes to the School Admissions Policy for all Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools within the Wakefield District.

Proposed changes

1) Section 4.4  - Oversubscription Criteria (a)

A definition for Children in Care and Children who were previously in Care has been included in the oversubscription criteria. This definition was previously included in the explanatory notes. This change does not alter the order of priority for these children.

2)  Section 4.6 – Children who reside with more than one parent

For admission purposes, only one address can be used as a child’s permanent address. The Local Authority feels it is necessary to make a wording change to the Admissions Policy due to the increasing number of applications being made where parents are indicating that their child divides their time equally between parents living at different addresses and are unable to indicate which address is regarded as the child’s permanent address.

The proposed change ‘strengthens’ the previous wording to make it clearer that where the child spends equal amounts of time at both addresses the Local Authority will use the address of the parent who receives child benefit or the address used for GP registration purposes.

3) Section 4.7 and Section 16.7 – Parental Responsibility

There is no provision in the admissions legislation for instances where parents are in conflict over the schooling of their child. Due to the increasing number of parents who disagree over the preferred choice of school for their child, the Local Authority feels it necessary to make it clear in the Admissions Policy that the Local Authority cannot intervene in such disagreements.

These changes make it clear that where parents disagree on the choice of schools preferred there is an expectation that parents will resolve these disputes themselves and make a single application which both parents are in agreement with.

4) Section 16 – Explanatory Notes

An explanatory note has been added (16.7) to supplement section 4.7 which advises parents on what action they should take in the event of a dispute over the preferred choice of school for their child.

An additional note has also been added (16.9) to provide greater clarity for parents of summer born children who may want to defer their child’s entry into full time formal schooling. Section 8 & 9 of the Admissions Policy (Deferred Entry to Primary School and the Admission of Children Outside their Normal Age Group) remain unchanged.

Proposed published admission numbers

Co-ordinated admission arrangements

No changes (other than new dates for the 2020/2021 admission round) are proposed to the co-ordinated admission arrangements.

We would like to hear your views and comments about the proposed changes to the School Admission Policy and published admission numbers by the deadline of 21 December 2018 so that we can decide whether to include them in the admissions policy for 2020/2021.

Any comments should be made in writing by 21 December 2018 to:

The Policy and Strategy Officer, School Admissions Team, Wakefield Council, Room 42, County Hall, Wkefield, WF1 2QL.

Email: koxer@wakefield.gov.uk

Academies and Voluntary Academies

The Governing Body of these schools are the Admission Authority and do not have to follow the Local Authority’s Admissions Policy although a number of Trust Schools and Academies do adopt the Local Authority’s Admissions Policy.

If an academy proposes any changes to its Admissions Policy the Governing Body will also have to undertake a six week consultation period that has to be finished by 31 January 2019.

Details of each academy’s Admissions Policy and any changes they are making for 2020/2021 will be available on their website. The proposed Admission Policies for these schools will also be added to this page as we receive them from each school.

You should respond to any proposed changes to the academy itself by the date specified in their consultation notice.

You can contact the School Admissions Team on 01924 305624 or by email at koxer@wakefield.gov.uk if you need any information regarding an academy who is changing their policy.

Voluntary Aided (Church) Schools, Foundation School and the Education Ossett Community Trust Schools

These schools also set their own admission arrangements.

Any changes to their Admissions Policies will also have a six week consultation period that has to be finished by 31 January 2019.

Details of each school’s admissions policy and any changes they are making for 2020/2021 will be available on the school’s website.

You should respond to any proposed changes to the school itself by the date specified in their consultation notice.

Once the consultations are completed all admission authorities will determine their admission arrangements for 2020/2021 by 28 February 2019.

If you would like a paper copy of any of the Admission Policies or catchment boundary maps available on our website, please contact the School Admissions Team on 01924 306052 or email koxer@wakefield.gov.uk.

Contact us

School Admissions

Wakefield Council
County Hall
Bond Street
Wakefield
WF1 2QL

01924 306 052