Proposed changes to school admission arrangements
Published: 25 January 2019
Monmouthshire County Council is proposing changes
to its schools admission arrangements and has launched a public consultation programme
with a deadline for responses of Friday, 1st March. Feedback from the
consultation will help to determine the criteria for which applicants are
awarded places to their preferred school when demand exceeds capacity.
If agreed, the proposals will affect all the
county’s schools and any changes will be effective from the start of the
2020/21 academic year.
Anyone wishing to respond to the council’s
proposals may complete the council’s consultation questionnaire, which is
available on its website - https://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/admissionconsultation - or attend one of the consultation meetings the
council has organised in February:
Monday, 7th February at 6pm - Durand Primary School
Monday, 14th February at 6pm - Chepstow School
Friday, 11th February at 6pm - Cantref Primary
Monday, 21st February at 6pm - Overmonnow Primary
All areas daytime drop-in sessions
Wednesday, 6th February from 9.30am to 11.30am -
Innovation House, Magor
Tuesday, 22nd February from 9.30am to 11.30am -
County Hall, Usk
In accordance with the School Admissions Code Wales
(July 2013), local authorities must consult annually on the admission
arrangements for those schools for which it is the admissions authority.
Where changes to existing arrangements are proposed, consultation must be
undertaken with those likely to be affected by the proposals.
The consultation report will be published by
Wednesday, 27th March and Monmouthshire’s cabinet will consider the results of
consultation and agree how to proceed at its meeting on Wednesday, 3rd April.
Councillor Richard John, Monmouthshire’s cabinet
member for Children and Young People said: “There are a number of schools in
Monmouthshire which are often oversubscribed and places need to be allocated in
a priority order. Through this consultation, we want to hear from
residents about what that priority order should be and the weight given to
siblings, applications from out of catchment and distance from home to
school. We need to keep class sizes to strict limits and that means
schools can’t always accommodate parents’ first preference. I would urge
as many people as possible to tell us what they think about how we should
prioritise the allocation of primary and secondary school places.”
Residents with questions on the proposals should
email the council’s Access Unit - firstname.lastname@example.org – or telephone 01633 644508.