Admission arrangements for Shropshire local authority-maintained schools 2014/15
In accordance with mandatory requirements, Shropshire Council, as the admission authority for all of its community and controlled schools, has a duty to consult on proposed changes to admission arrangements.
No significant changes are proposed to admission arrangements for community and controlled schools in 2014/15. However, Church Stretton School has requested a decrease to its published admission number (PAN), and in these circumstances the School Admissions Code stipulates that a formal consultation on admission arrangements must take place.
In addition to the above, the Priory School in Shrewsbury, an academy trust and own admission authority school, has proposed a change to its oversubscription criteria. The Marches School in Oswestry, also an academy trust, has aligned its admission policy with that of Shropshire Council. The policies for own authority schools, including the changes proposed by Priory School Academy Trust, can be found on the page linked below. Consultation on these changes will run simultaneously, and responses to the consultation will be co-ordinated by Shropshire Council.
Changes proposed to admission arrangements are laid out in the attached documents. Consultation must take place for a period of eight weeks, and will last from 20 December 2012 until 22 February 2013.
The proposed changes are summarised as follows:
- Shropshire Council's admission arrangements to remain unchanged, except for a reduction in the published admission number for Church Stretton School from 145 to 124.
- Where increases in published admission numbers are proposed, this is for information only and does not form part of the consultation process.
- The Priory School, an academy trust in Shrewsbury, proposes amendments to their oversubscription criteria which will give priority to children living outside the designated catchment area with a sibling at the school, and to children of staff permanently employed by the school for two or more years. Both of these criteria will take priority over children living in the school's designated catchment area, for whom the Priory is the nearest Shropshire secondary school, in accordance with the "nearest school test" (known as Ease of Access).
Comments on any of the proposals should be sent in writing to arrive by 25 February 2013 to:
Learning & Skills
Or by e-mail to:
Any comments received will be considered by the appropriate admissions authority. Admissions arrangements will then be considered for approval and determined before 15 April 2013.