King's School – Summary of responses to proposed changes to the Admissions Policy to be applied from September 2015 entry.

The consultation paper was circulated as required and published on our website; it is reproduced at the foot of this page.

There were no responses to the consultation

The final adopted policy is now published on this website.

Consultation about changes to admissions arrangements

Background to consultation

Admission authorities must set (‘determine’) admission arrangements annually. Where changes are proposed to admission arrangements, the admission authority must first publicly consult on those arrangements. If no changes are made to admission arrangements, they must be consulted on at least every seven years. Consultation must be for a minimum of eight weeks and must take place between 1 November and 1 March of the year before those arrangements are to apply. For example: for arrangements which are to apply to applications in 2014 (entry in September 2015), consultation must be completed by 1 March 2014. This consultation period allows parents, other schools, religious authorities and the local community to raise any concerns about proposed admission arrangements.

The consultation is based on the Department for Education (DfE) School Admissions Code of Practice. Current admission arrangements for King's School are published here.

Regulations under which this consultation takes place

The admission arrangements within this consultation have been based on the School Admissions Code of Practice and the School Admission Appeals Code of Practice.

What is included in this consultation

We are consulting on the admission arrangements for admission to King's School in September 2015.

2015 proposed changes

The proposed changes to the admissions arrangements are detailed below in bold:

Insert a new oversubscription criteria after "2. Medical and Social" and before "3. Siblings":

"Children whose parents have been granted Founders’ status of the school by the Secretary of State."

Notes:

  • All of these founding parents took on a significant undertaking in terms of both time and effort to create a new school for the whole community. This began in earnest in October 2011, and has involved a huge amount of work since then, from preparing the application to the DfE to working with local parents and schools to shape the plans right through to opening and beyond.
  • Whilst all the founders have professional commitments outside of King's School, and in most cases young families, they s made a commitment to working at least one full day each week in a voluntary capacity on setting up the school.
  • For them to maintain this commitment over two years without any assurance that their children would be able to attend the school they worked so hard to create seems unreasonable.
  • This founders’ children clause does appear in the admissions policies of many parent-led free schools.
  • There are no more than three families to be granted this status and their children's ages range from four to nine. Founders’ children will therefore account for at most 2 places in any intake of 150 children and only a few intakes will be affected.

All other aspects of the arrangements will remain as previously published.

 

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