Agenda and minutes

Admissions Forum
Wednesday, 12th November, 2014 4.00 pm

Venue: Meeting Room 6, Town Hall, Stockport

Contact: Democratic Services 

Items
No. Item

1.

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To approve as a correct record and sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 26 March 2014.

Minutes:

The Minutes (copies of which had been circulated) of the meeting on 26 March 2014 were approved as a correct record.

2.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors and officers to declare any interests which they have in any of the items on the agenda for the meeting.

Minutes:

The following interests were declared:-

 

Personal Interests

 

Councillor                                                     Interest

           

Colin Foster                                      Agenda item 4 as a Governor of Norris Bank Primary School

 

3.

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To consider a report of the Corporate Director for People.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A representative of the Corporate Director, Services to People submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) in relation to:

 

a)    The Fair access Protocol and Arrangements for Permanently Excluded Pupils during the academic Year 2013/14;

 

b)    Admissions and Independent Appeals for primary and secondary schools.

 

A member of the Forum suggested that further work was required to explain to parents the application of the equal preference scheme on school selection as this was not understood by many.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

 

4.

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To consider a report of the Corporate Director for People.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A representative of the Corporate Director, Services to People submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) in relation to:

 

a)    Catchment Areas for maintained primary Schools in 2016/17;

 

b)    Admission arrangements for Maintained Primary Schools in 2016/17;

 

c)    Stockport Local Authority school terms and holiday dates 2016/17.

 

Members raised questions on the potential impact of the establishment of a free school in the catchment area of the proposed new ‘Cheadle Hulme School’.

 

Members discussed the proposed changes to the catchment area for Norris Bank Primary School, St Thomas’ CE Primary School and Tithe Barn Primary School, the suggested changes to the oversubscriptions criteria to mitigate the impact of the changes for parents with children currently at the school and the timing of the introduction of the change to catchment areas.

 

RESOLVED – (1)     That the report be noted;

 

(2)       That the Forum supports the proposal to change the catchment areas for Norris Bank Primary School, St Thomas’ CE Primary School and Tithe Barn Primary School and introduce revised oversubscriptions criteria from September 2016;

 

(3)       That the consultation document make clear that whilst the additional oversubscription criteria will be implemented for 3 full academic years, this decision will be reviewed annually and may be extended if considered desirable;

 

(4)       That with regard to school term and holiday dates for 2016/17 the authority consult on Options A and B contained in the report;

 

(5)       That the consultation on school  term and holiday dates make clear the option adopted by the majority of AGMA authorities and specifically that of neighbouring authority areas.

 

5.

Date of Next Meeting

To agree a date for the next meeting of the Forum.

Minutes:

RESOLVED - That the next meeting of the Forum be held on 23rd February 2015 at 4 pm.