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Have your say on Gloucestershire's schools admissions policies

Published
01.11.2016

Gloucestershire County Council and some schools across Gloucestershire are consulting on their proposed school admission policies between 1st November and 31st December 2016.

School admission policies, which are published annually, include information about how places are allocated, how waiting lists for schools work and people's right to appeal decisions.

By law any school or organisation that manages their own school admissions, such as the council, has to consult on their policy every seven years.

Gloucestershire County Council manage the admissions for 146 schools in Gloucestershire. The council's policy hasn't changed significantly.

There are 139 schools in the county who do their own admissions and don't follow the council's policy. These schools are mainly academies and foundation schools.

Of these, 54 are consulting on their own policies. The council is including a list of these schools and links to their consultations from its own consultation website to make it easier for people to make their comments to the right school or organisation.

Cllr Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and families, said: "From the feedback we've received, we know that the most parents in the county are happy with our admissions policy.

"We're really pleased to hear that, and haven't made any major changes as a result.

"What we have done, based on this feedback, is make the process even easier to follow and with more plain English throughout."

Once agreed, the council's final policy will be published in March 2017. It will affect anyone applying for infant, primary or secondary school places for a September 2018 intake.

To have your say on the draft policy visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/admissionsconsultation

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