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The office of the schools adjudicator published a decision on Monday ...
The office of the schools adjudicator published a decision on Monday

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

school proposed to change its over subscription criteria to reduce

its previous catchment area by removing the area served by Codnor

Primary School.

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

North East.

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