Parents are being asked to have their say about the school admissions process in Plymouth.
The Council is working with schools to encourage parents for their views on the proposed school admission arrangements for the start of the 2020 academic year.
While 2020 seems a long way off, schools are already making sure that applying for places is as fair and straightforward as possible.
Comments are needed on:
• admission numbers
• key dates in the admissions process
• admission arrangements for all of the schools taking part in the consultation
• when a parent/carer declines the offer of a place, the parent will be expected to notify the Council of educational arrangements that they plan for the child
Councillor Jon Taylor, Cabinet Member for said: “We have to consult on admissions arrangements every year to make sure parents are clear about the criteria schools follow. Some of the suggested changes come from the Department for Education while others we are hoping will help the Council get a better picture of the numbers of children that are being educated at home.”
As well as parents, the Council will consult with all schools and pre-schools, neighbouring councils and schools in neighbouring areas as well as dioceses, trade unions, trusts and associations.
The consultation opens on Monday 10 December and will close on Sunday 20 January. Visit www.plymouth.gov.uk/admissionconsultation.
Parents can give their comments online but if they prefer, they can be submitted in writing to: School Admissions Consultation, Learning and Communities, Plymouth City Council, Windsor House, Tavistock Road, Plymouth PL6 5UF or email firstname.lastname@example.org