Report of the Head of Education and Learning (CS/22/01) 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.
(a) that the Published Admission Numbers for community and VC schools for 2023-24 (at Appendix One) be approved;
(c) that the admissions timetable for the next year (Appendix Four) be endorsed;
(d) that the normal round co-ordinated admissions scheme for 2023-24 (Appendix Five) be determined;
(e) that the in-year co-ordinated admissions scheme for 2023-24 (Appendix Five) also be determined; and
(f) that the Education Transport Policies for 2023-24 (section 6) also be approved.
(Councillors Biederman and Hannaford attended in accordance with Standing Order 25(2) and spoke to this item).
The Cabinet considered the Report of the Head of Education and Learning (CS/22/01) which asked the Cabinet to approve the recommendations outlined in Section 2 of the Report. The proposed amendments to each policy were outlined in the Appendices to 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 was held ahead of the statutory deadline for consideration by Cabinet.
Amendments had been made to admission arrangements for 2021-22 and 2022-23 following a revision of the Admissions Code, which had come into force from 1 September 2021, and renewed guidance from the Department for Education. There had been no further changes to legislation or guidance and so arrangements for 2023-24 were based on the arrangements for 2022-23.
The purpose of the Report was to highlight the outcome of the consultation on primary and secondary school admission arrangements for 2023-24 and the co-ordination of primary and secondary school admissions and sought approval to the schemes. The Report also recommended Education Transport Policies for 2023-24.
Section 3 of the Report outlined the detail of the consultation arrangements including adverts, liaison with schools, website and individual letters. The number of responses received remained low as Devon’s arrangements had been consistent for a number of years. A number of responses had been received with regard to specific local admissions issues, detailed at www.devon.gov.uk/admissionarrangements. This was common with neighbouring Local Authorities.
Devon was required to co-ordinate all normal round admissions to state-funded schools, with the exception of new Free Schools. It brought forward the arrangements from the previous academic year with some amendments, detailed at Appendix Five. On average, the co-ordinated schemes managed 7,500 primary admissions, 7,000 secondary admissions and 6,500 in-year admissions each year.
Published Admission Numbers (PANs) were proposed for community and VC schools, taking into account a number of factors (accommodation, local demand, organisation, a strategic overview of the area, the constraints of Key Stage One Class Size Legislation etc). The proposed PANs were listed at Appendix One and could be found in the individual admissions policy document for each school at http://devon.cc/schoolpolicy.
The proposed catchment areas for community and VC schools had been brought forward from the previous academic year. There were minor amendments to the boundaries of a number of schools, listed in full at paragraph 4.5. A map for each school showing the 2022 determined boundary and the recommended 2023 boundary was included at Appendix Two. The impact of amendments to the map boundaries was included atAppendix Three.
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