Consultation on admission arrangements for academic year 2020/2021

The law states that all schools must have admission arrangements that clearly set out how children will be admitted, including the criteria that will apply if there are more applications received than there are places available at the school (oversubscription criteria). 

Admission authorities are required to consult if they intend to make changes to their admission arrangements. The law states that a consultation to make changes must take place for a minimum of six weeks between 1 October and 31 January. 

When considering oversubscription criteria, state funded schools (Community, Faith, Academy and Free Schools) must give highest priority to looked after children and previously looked after children. Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted, (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order).

The Minister of State for School Standards has recently confirmed that the law relating to looked after children will soon be changing and there will be an additional requirement for all state funded schools to prioritise looked after children previously in state care outside of England. 

In light of this, most schools in Warrington have decided to make changes to their arrangements for admissions to their school starting from September 2020. 

In order to accommodate the change and prioritise looked after children previously in state care outside of England, schools will be amending their first criterion to read as follows: 

Looked after children and previously looked after children including those previously in state care outside of England.

The local authority is the admitting authority for all community schools. In Warrington, there are 25 community primary and secondary schools and these are listed in Table 1 below:Other changes in relation to admission arrangements for community schools

Table 1 – Warrington Community Schools

Appleton Thorn Primary

Grappenhall Heys Community Primary

Barrow Hall Community Primary

Locking Stumps Community Primary

Bewsey Lodge Primary

Meadowside Community Primary

Bradshaw Community Primary

Newchurch Community Primary

Brook Acre Community Primary

Oakwood Avenue Community Primary

Callands Community Primary

Oughtrington Community Primary

Cherry Tree Primary

Ravenbank School

The Cobbs Infants and Nursery

Statham Community Primary

Croft Primary

Stockton Heath Primary

Culcheth Community Primary

Thelwall Infants

Culcheth High

Twiss Green Community Primary

Dallam Community Primary

Woolston Community Primary

Gorse Covert Primary

 

In addition to the change to the looked after children criterion, the local authority is also proposing to:

  • remove the community secondary school oversubscription criterion which prioritises pupils, attending a community primary school which is partnered to a Faith secondary school, whose parents state a preference for their nearest community secondary school, because the parent objects on philosophical grounds to their child being educated in a Faith school; 
  • reduce the published admission number at Gorse Covert Primary School to 30. This means that from September 2020, there will be 30 reception class places available instead of 45. 

All other year groups at Gorse Covert Primary will still have a published admission number of 45 until each of these year groups have progressed through the school and transferred to secondary school.

For example, in September 2020, the published admission number for each year group at Gorse Covert Primary will be as follows: 

Year Group

Published Admission Number

Reception Class

30

Year 1

45

Year 2

45

Year 3

45

Year 4

45

Year 5

45

Year 6

45

 

In September 2021, the published admission number for each year group at Gorse Covert Primary will be as follows:

 

Year Group

Published Admission Number

Reception Class

30

Year 1

30

Year 2

45

Year 3

45

Year 4

45

Year 5

45

Year 6

45

 and so on until the published admission number of 30 has worked its way through the school. 

To view the full set of proposed arrangements for Warrington community schools, please click on each of the links below: 

If you are a parent/carer of a school aged child, your child’s school should have sent you a text to let you know that a consultation is going to start soon. Each school taking part will have published their proposed admission arrangements on their websites too. For more information, please visit the schools websites

The consultation period runs from 30 November 2018 until 31 January 2019. 

To comment on any of the proposed changes, please email admissionconsultation@warrington.gov.uk or you can post your comments to the following address: 

Admission Consultation
School Admissions Team
2nd Floor New Town House
Buttermarket Street
Warrington
WA1 2NH

You will receive an acknowledgement to let you know we have received your comments. However, although all comments will be considered, we will not be able to respond individually to your letters or emails.

All responses to the consultation will be considered by the relevant schools before admission arrangements are finalised on or before 28 February 2019.