Proposal for a change in the schools admissions policy

Closed 14 Dec 2018

Opened 1 Nov 2018

Feedback Updated 29 Jan 2019

We Asked

Clackmannanshire Council is proposing to change the primary schools Admissions Policy so that pupils that can demonstrate affiliation to the RC church by means of baptismal certificate, would remain entitled to enrol at their catchment denominational school in these circumstances, but all other pupils would be required to submit a placing request.

It is proposed that the revised policy would take effect from school session 2019/20 but that the revised policy would not apply to children currently attending either of the two Roman Catholic Primary schools.

 

You Said

21 responses were received to the online consultation. 14 of these agreed with the change and 7 disagreed. A response to those who disagreed is contained in the report.

At public meetings, Church representatives and parents had no objections. The Education Scotland report detailed no objections.

 

We Did

Based on the feedback from the consultation process and the conclusions of the Education Scotland report, a report will be made to the meeting of the People Committee of Clackmannanshire Council on 14 March 2019 recommending acceptance of the change in the Admissions policy.

Results Updated 29 Jan 2019

21 responses were received to the online consultation. 14 of these agreed with the change and 7 disagreed. A response to those who disagreed is contained in the report. At public meetings, Church representatives and parents had no objections. The Education Scotland report detailed no objections.

Based on the feedback from the consultation process and the conclusions of the Education Scotland report, a report will be made to the meeting of the People Committee of Clackmannanshire Council on 14 March 2019 recommending acceptance of the change in the Admissions policy.

 

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Overview

It is proposed that priority for admission to Roman Catholic primary schools be given to pupils who are baptised Roman Catholics and that other children may be admitted by means of a placing request. This allows the Council to manage the admissions and if necessary, reserve places for Roman Catholic children.

The new admissions policy would only apply for children who are not already attending either St Bernadette’s or St Mungo’s. While the current cohort of children remains in either school, any sibling can enrol without submitting a placing request. This ensures that parents will not have to enrol their children in two different primary schools.

Why We Are Consulting

The Council is required, by virtue of the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010, to undertake a formal consultation on amending the schools admission policy to change the policy for denominational primary schools.

What Happens Next

Feedback from the consultation will be sent to Education Scotland in December. Their reponse will be incorporated into a final consultation report that will go to the Council's People Committee for decision in March 2019.

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Areas

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Audiences

  • Community groups
  • Faith groups
  • Staff
  • All individuals

Interests

  • Children and young people
  • Primary schools
  • Religion and faith