We highlighted that our admission arrangements had been altered since we had last consulted (which were agreed by the council and by the Office of the Schools Adjudicator), so we were reiterating these arrangements (as below) with no further plans to alter anything including the Published Admission Numbers (PANs).
The addition of the catchment school to be added as a further preference
To give a higher priority to siblings over in-catchment children
To give a higher priority to siblings at linked Infant and Junior schools
To give a higher priority to families who can demonstrate that they are fleeing domestic violence
We only received four replies; three from schools and one from a parent. All four were in favour of our proposals. One asked us to consider giving a priority for children of staff to support the recruitment and retention of staff in Leicester city schools. The other asked us to consider the re-introduction of paper application forms.
On the basis of the 4 responses being in favour of our proposals we moved ahead with having these approved through the normal council decision making process.
We considered the 2 requests. The first (preference given to children of staff) we agreed to add to our consultation for the admission arrangements for 2018-19. The second (paper application forms) was ejected. The move to online applications was introduced in September 2015 as part of the council’s ‘channel shift’ policy following similar moves in housing benefits and housing options. We are still awaiting a mobile phone and tablet app which is in the development stage with our software supplier Capita which we hope will make online applications more accessible.
Leicester City Council is proposing some changes to the admissions policy of community and voluntary controlled schools in the city for September 2017. We would like your views on these proposals.
Why We Are Consulting
Leicester City Council is the admission authority for community and voluntary controlled schools in the city and is required to consult on any changes to its oversubscription criteria or admission arrangements.
The proposed changes are outlined in the online survey where there is space for you to comment, and a more detailed description of the proposals can be found in the attached consultation document. The School Admissions Code also requires that any consultation should include the schools' published admission numbers, and these are also included.
As the proposed changes alter the admissions scheme for Leicester city, the scheme has been updated to reflect these changes and therefore will form part of the consultation. The amended admission scheme is also attached.
What Happens Next
All comments will be considered by the council's executive and results will be published here.