The Director of Education submitted a report, the purpose of which was to seek approval for Middlesbrough's Co-ordinated School Admission arrangements for 2019/2020.
The Admissions Scheme applied to all schools within Middlesbrough and provided details of the admission procedures and timetables. The changes to the scheme were;
date changes rolled forward one year.
for primary applications clarity is made that applications to defer entry to Reception for one year for all schools must be made by the primary application closing date.
appeal hearing information added to the bottom of the schedule, as per the Admission Appeals Code, giving clarity/information on deadlines for appeal hearings.
The Admission Arrangements and Admission Numbers provided details of the oversubscription criteria and admission numbers for the community primary and secondary schools in Middlesbrough. (Own Admission Authority Schools would have their own policies).
There were two proposed increases to primary school published admission numbers at Park End Primary and Newham Bridge Primary. There were no proposed changes to the Admission Arrangements from the previous year.
The In Year Transfer Scheme remained unchanged from the previous year. The Co-ordinated School Admission arrangements for 2019/2020 had been through the annual consultation process with Middlesbrough schools and other stakeholders and no responses to the consultation had been received. It was a statutory requirement that the admission arrangements were published each year.
There were no other options considered as the Local Authority had a statutory duty to co-ordinate admissions and publish the proposed arrangements for 2019/2020.
ORDERED that the Co-ordinated School Admission Arrangements for 2019/2020 be approved.
The decision was supported for the following reason:
The Co-ordinated School Admission arrangements for 2019/2020 had been through the annual consultation process with Middlesbrough schools and other stakeholders - no response to the consultation had been received. It is a statutory requirement that we publish the admission arrangements for Middlesbrough each year.