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ADMISSIONS RULES WRONG SAYS COURT

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Rotherham MBC has lost a High Court case over its refusal to consider admitting 10 children to its Old Hall Seconda...
Rotherham MBC has lost a High Court case over its refusal to consider admitting 10 children to its Old Hall Secondary School.

The over-subscribed school has 217 places and the 10 children were refused application because they live outside the council's catchment area for the school.

At this week's hearing, Mr Justice Collins said the catchment policy used 'defeated' the right of parents to choose where their children are educated and that the council 'disabled itself' from taking account of parental choices under the 1996 Education Act.

The judgment does not guarantee the children an Old Hall place, just the right to apply.

Rotherham said the judgment raised issues of 'central importance' to local authorities and the judge granted it leave to appeal against his decision.
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