23 September 2002 on an objection by Derbyshire Local Education
Authority (the LEA) to the admission arrangements for Mill Hill
School (the school) for the school year beginning September 2003. The
its previous catchment area by removing the area served by Codnor
The adjudicator, Mr Anthony Webster, decided to uphold the objection
of the LEA.
In making his decision the adjudicator recognised the dilemma faced
by both parties. The governors of Mill Hill School are concerned to
ensure the quality of education provided and that the health and
safety of pupils in their care are not put at risk as a result of
overcrowding. The LEA are aware of pressure from parents for
admission to their nearest secondary school and hope that this
preference will be met. The adjudicator took that view that the issue
of excess numbers is a temporary one and would not seem to justify
distorting arrangements for the catchment area if an appropriate
solution could be found for the accommodation problems at the school.
He looks to the authority to ensure that this is provided.
1. Schools adjudicators were appointed in response to the School
Standards and Framework Act 1998 to decide on school organisation
issues and admission arrangements which cannot be resolved locally.
Their role is to look afresh at all cases referred to them,
considering each case on its merits and taking account of the reasons
for disagreement at local level in the light of the legislation and
the guidance in the Code of Practice on Schools Admissions.
2. Copies of the determination reached by the adjudicator can be
obtained from the office of the schools adjudicator. It can also be
found on the schools adjudicator website -
Individual adjudicators are not in a position to comment on their
decisions but, if clarification of those decisions is needed,
enquiries can be addressed to: The Office of the Schools Adjudicator,
Vincent House, 2 Woodland Road, Darlington DL3 7PJ.
Tel: 0191 202 3600
Issued on behalf of the office of the schools adjudicator by GNN