Parents urged to have their say on school admissions consultation

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The county council is seeking views on its proposed admissions policy for the 2022/2023 school year as well as future arrangement.

This is to ensure school places are offered to children in a fair way.

The consultation, which started on Thursday 1 October 2020 will run until Thursday 12 November 2020.

The proposals include plans to:

  • amend the oversubscription criteria for voluntary controlled schools. A family and/or child must be practising members of the Church of England (or other church within the Worldwide Anglican Communion) for a minimum period of one year for this criteria to apply. There is also clarification on what to do if churches are closed due to COVID-19.
  • Treat a twin, triplet or other multiple birth as siblings as soon as a school named on the Education, Health and Care plan. This does not apply to siblings of children in a specialist unit or a specialist resource base for Hearing Impaired provision or a nursery, because they do not meet the sibling definition in the oversubscription criteria.

More information about these changes can be found on the Suffolk County Council Website.

Councillor Mary Evans, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education and Skills, said:

“Parents and carers are now able to have their say on the proposed admissions arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools by taking part in the consultation via the county council website or by email or post. I would encourage them to take part before the consultation closes on Thursday 12 November.”

Governing bodies and academy trusts are responsible for admissions to voluntary aided, free schools and academies. If you want to view the arrangements for these schools, you should contact the school directly. Some of these schools proposed admission arrangements for 2022/2023 are within the consultation if they requested it.

A paper copy of the survey can be requested by calling, 0345 603 1842.