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Meeting: 17/12/2020 - Cabinet (Item 85)

85 2022-2023 School Admissions Arrangements pdf icon PDF 121 KB

To consider a report from the Executive Director – People (copy enclosed)

 

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Minutes:

Please note this item was moved up the agenda and discussed after Item 6 during the meeting.

 

Cabinet considered a report from the Executive Director – People which set out at Appendix A, the proposed admission arrangements for Community and Voluntary Controlled schools, for which the county council was the statutory admission authority.  The Local Authority (LA) was required to consult other admission authorities on any changes to the policy, including catchment areas and proposed reductions to published admission numbers (PANs).  The LA must also consult the governing bodies of Community and Voluntary Controlled schools where it proposed to increase or retain the existing Published Admission Number (PAN) for 2022-23. 

 

The Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning took members through the report.

 

She specifically mentioned the proposed PAN Changes from September 2021:

 

School

Current PAN

Proposed PAN

Ewanrigg Junior School

40

30

Orgill  Primary School, Egremont

40

30

 

The head teacher and governing body of Ewanrigg Junior School, Maryport had formally requested that the PAN for the school be reduced from 40 to 30.  In recent years the September Year 3 intake had reduced.  Numbers generally in the area indicated that even with the PAN reduction sought there were likely to be sufficient places available to meet demand for the foreseeable future.

 

The headteacher and governors at Orgill Primary School, Egremont had requested that the PAN be reduced from 40 to 30.  In recent years the September Reception intake had reduced.  Early years and nursery provision at the school had been extended requiring some re-designation of accommodation.  Numbers generally in the area indicated that even with the PAN reduction sought there were likely to be sufficient places available to meet demand for the foreseeable future.

 

Following consultation on this proposal, which closed on 17 November 2020, no responses were received.

 

Admission arrangements included the PAN for every Community and Voluntary Controlled school, and the oversubscription criteria, which specifically included reference to catchment areas.

 

Voluntary Aided, Foundation, Free schools and Academies had responsibility for determining their own admission arrangements, including catchment areas and oversubscription criteria.  

 

A total of 13 responses to the consultation were received.  All respondents requested that consideration be given to issues relating to the catchment area boundaries for West Lakes Academy and Millom School with 8 requesting that specific consideration be given to develop a dual catchment for the areas of Gosforth, Seascale and Eskdale. 

 

As detailed in the Public Participation item earlier in today’s agenda (Minute No 73 refers) this was an ongoing issue, and had been the subject of two previous call in meetings.  In both cases, following the call in meetings Cabinet had resolved to retain the current admission arrangements for the area.

 

After listening to the participant’s statements in the earlier item, and the comments that there hadn’t been sufficient time for Scrutiny to consider the consultation responses,  the Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning asked Cabinet to defer recommendation 2 to enable time for the Scrutiny Committee to look at this.

 

RESOLVED  ...  view the full minutes text for item 85