Have your say on school admissions policy

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The county council is seeking views on its proposed admissions policy for the 2016/17 school year; ensuring school places are offered to children in a fair way.

The consultation will run until Friday, February 27.

There are a number of proposals for changes in admissions for the 2016/17 school year; including:

· Changes to the Bury St Edmunds catchment areas to meet the demands of school re-organisation and the development of a new high school at Moreton Hall.

· The introduction of a second round of admissions for the normal year of entry to a school. This will be for late applications made after the closing date and before the offer date, when no previous application has been made or where exceptional circumstances apply.

· Allowing a maximum of three live preferences for the normal year of entry at any one time.

Councillor Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for education and skills, said: “I would encourage parents and carers to go online and take a look at the proposed admissions procedures and tell us what they think.

“We know how passionate parents and carers are about their children’s education and this is a real opportunity for them to shape how the school admissions procedure works.”

The governing bodies of voluntary aided, foundation/trust, academies and free schools are responsible for admissions to their schools. If you want to view the arrangements for these schools you should contact the school directly.

To view the consultation documents and to have your say on the proposals, visit www.suffolk.gov.uk/consultations, alternatively you can write to Georgina Beard, Suffolk County Council, Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, IP1 2BX or email: admissionsconsultation@suffolk.gov.uk