Agenda item - School Admission Arrangements 2021/22

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Agenda item

School Admission Arrangements 2021/22

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

1.    That no changes to the Council’s admission arrangements or school catchment areas where applicable be made by Committee.

2.    That consultation on a change to the Published Admission Number (PAN) for West Hove Infant (Connaught Road Site) from 90 pupils to 60 pupils and a change to the PAN for Hove Junior School (Holland Road Site) from 128 pupils to 90 pupils be carried out by Committee.

3.    That a consultation on a change of PAN for Mile Oak Primary school from 90 pupils to 60 pupils and a change to the PAN for Hangleton Primary School from 90 to 60 pupils be carried by Committee.

4.     That no changes to the “relevant area” be made by Committee.

Minutes:

34.1    The Committee considered the report of the Executive Director of Children’s Services regarding school admission arrangements for 2017/18. The report was introduced by the Head of School Organisation.

 

34.2    The Committee were advised that the surplus places were expected for 2021/22. It was further stated that long term strategic planning was key. It was noted that West Hove Infants and Hove Junior Schools were supported by government bodies of religious schools and that the consultation would be an opportunity to hear the proposals set out.

 

34.3    Councillor Clare expressed concern regarding reductions and stated that change wasn’t enough however agreed that the action pursued was correct.

 

34.4    Karen James questioned the duration of the consultation.

 

34.5    The Head of School Organisation stated that the consultation was restricted to take place across at least 6 weeks. It was noted that the duration was set to allow for as much input from as many people possible.

 

34.6    Councillor Hamilton expressed concern regarding the reduced numbers and noted that enough numbers of pupils had to be made viable.

 

34.7    Councillor Brown stated that the Committee needed to make a decision regarding the reduction of school places. Clarification was sought regarding the likelihood of an increase in numbers.

 

34.8    The Head of School Organisation confirmed that this could occur however in the event of a decline, further consultation would be necessary.

 

34.9    Councillor Nield stated that Westdene school was happy with a reduction. Concern regarding the prospect of schools being seen negatively as a result of not attaining enough pupils, was expressed.

 

34.10  The Head of School Organisation stated that the long term view was to ensure that it was not BHCC’s intention to close schools. BHCC would also have to allow parents to provide preferences on schools.

 

34.11  Councillor Simson enquired if many schools had objected in the past.

 

34.12  The Head of School Organisation stated that they were not aware if this had happened in recent history.

 

34.13  The Chair stated that CYPS would need to look at this and welcomed consultations and efforts to address issues going forward.

 

 

 

 

34.14  RESOLVED:

 

1.    That no changes to the Council’s admission arrangements or school catchment areas where applicable be made by Committee.

2.    That consultation on a change to the Published Admission Number (PAN) for West Hove Infant (Connaught Road Site) from 90 pupils to 60 pupils and a change to the PAN for Hove Junior School (Holland Road Site) from 128 pupils to 90 pupils be carried out by Committee.

3.    That a consultation on a change of PAN for Mile Oak Primary school from 90 pupils to 60 pupils and a change to the PAN for Hangleton Primary School from 90 to 60 pupils be carried by Committee.

4.       That no changes to the “relevant area” be made by Committee.

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