Report of the Head of Education and Learning (CS/21/03) which asks the Cabinet to note that the admission arrangements were proposed and consulted on for the Local Authority and to approve the recommendations outlined in Section 2 of the Report, attached.
The proposed amendments to each policy are outlined in the Appendices to the Report, but the full policies can be viewed from the link in the Report (http://devon.cc/lapolicies), with changes annotated in red.
(Councillors Biederman, Connett, Dewhirst and Hannaford attended remotely in accordance with Standing Order 25(2) and the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 and spoke to this item).
The Cabinet considered the Report of the Head of Education and Learning (CS/21/03) which asked the Cabinet to approve the recommendations outlined in Section 2 of the Report. The Report had been circulated prior to the meeting in accordance with regulation 7(4) of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012.
The Local Authority had a statutory responsibility to propose, consult on and determine admission arrangements for Community and Voluntary Controlled (VC) schools and co-ordinated admission schemes for the normal round of admissions to all state-funded schools. Consultation in Devon had been held ahead of the statutory deadline for annual determination by Cabinet. Schools that were their own admissions authority (Foundation, Voluntary Aided, Academies and Free schools, University Technical Colleges and Studio Schools) were responsible for their own arrangements and determined by the governing boards and academy trusts.
The Report outlined the process, scope and outcome of the consultation on primary and secondary school admission arrangements for 2022-23 and the co-ordination of primary and secondary school admissions and sought approval of the schemes. Admission to special schools and fee-paying independent schools fell outside the of scope the arrangements.
It was noted that the number of responses received to the consultation remained low and the School Admissions Codes left limited scope for a wide variety of lawful arrangements. Arrangements had been consistent for a number of years and feedback from schools suggested they were largely content with matters such as oversubscription criteria, Published Admission Numbers (PAN), catchment areas and the application process.
Devon was required under the School Admissions Code to co-ordinate all normal round admissions to state-funded schools.
The Report recommended the Education Transport Policies for 2022-23 and Relevant Area for school admissions for Devon for 2023-24 and 2024-25 and an amendment to previously determined policies with regard to applications from overseas.
The proposed amendments to each policy were outlined in the Appendices to the Report, but the full policies could be viewed from the link in the Report (http://devon.cc/lapolicies), with changes annotated in red.
· Appendix One – Proposed Published Admission Numbers for Community and Voluntary Controlled schools. This could also be found in the individual admissions policy document for each school at http://devon.cc/schoolpolicy;
· Appendix 2 - the proposed catchment areas for community and VC schools included two amendments (a) the northern section of the catchment area for Bishopsteignton School and the eastern side of the catchment area for Chudleigh Church of England Primary School and (b) the eastern boundary of the catchment for Modbury Primary School, to the south of Boarshill.
· Appendix 3 - the statutory deadlines and timetable for primary and secondary co-ordination schemes.
· Appendix 4 – the recommended amendments to the Co-ordinated Admissions Schemes ... view the full minutes text for item 626