Warwickshire County Council launch consultation for fairer application process for Rugby primary school pupils

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A CONSULTATION proposing a fairer application process for primary school pupils in Rugby is currently underway.

Warwickshire County Council is proposing to create one priority admissions area for six primary schools in Cawston and Bilton which, if approved, will operate with effect from September 2012 admissions.

The new priority area would incorporate the separate areas of Bawnmore Infant, Bilton Infant, Bilton CE Junior, Cawston Grange Primary, Henry Hinde Infant and Henry Hinde Junior schools.

It would be a move aimed at ensuring that children living in the catchment areas of the six schools are given priority for those places over children living in other school priority areas.

The changes would address the recent issue of pupils living in their area being unable to secure a place at a local school. Under current distance criteria for school admissions, children living on the Cawston Grange estate who cannot secure a place at Cawston Primary and are also outside the priority areas for the other local schools, may be offered places at schools which are an unreasonable distance away. The new priority area would solve this issue.

Warwickshire County Councillor Heather Timms, portfolio holder for children, young people and families, said: “The consultation clearly lays out our thinking behind adjusting the priority admissions area for Rugby primary schools and provides an opportunity for local people to tell us what they think of these plans.

“The new priority area would improve the likelihood of pupils living in the area securing a place at their local school. It would also help secure the viability of all local schools, including those outside the six named schools, by making best use of existing capacity rather than creating new capacity.”

For parents and carers who wish to apply for a school outside the Cawston and Bilton areas, the proposed new arrangements would not change and normal admissions arrangements would still apply.

Parents and carers of children who may be affected by the change have all been contacted about the proposal. However, members of the public can find out more or share their views by responding online at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/consultations by emailing consultations@warwickshire.gov.uk or writing to: Peter Thompson, Children, Young People and Families Directorate, Saltisford Office Park, Ansell Way, Warwick, CV34 4UL.

The closing date for consultation responses is May 3 and a decision on the proposals will be taken by Warwickshire County Council Cabinet in June 2011.