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:

Caldicot Cluster

Monday, 7th February at 6pm - Durand Primary School

Chepstow Cluster

Monday, 14th February at 6pm - Chepstow School

Abergavenny Cluster

Friday, 11th February at 6pm - Cantref Primary School

Monmouth Cluster

Monday, 21st February at 6pm - Overmonnow Primary School

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 - accesstolearning@monmouthshire.gov.uk – or telephone 01633 644508.