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ROTHERHAM APPEALS AGAINST SCHOOLS 'RIGHT TO CHOOSE' RULING

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Rotherham MBC has lodged an appeal against a high court decision over the right of parents to choose their children...
Rotherham MBC has lodged an appeal against a high court decision over the right of parents to choose their children's school, the Yorkshire Post reported (16 Oct, p6).

The court decided that the council's admissions policy which barred 10 children from the school of their choice was unlawful, which the council claims could have serious implications for local education authorities.

Terry Sharman, chairman of the education committee, said the appeal would be made on the basis that the high court judge did not rule against the principle of establishing catchment areas.

'Our understandng is that the opinion of the judge is that parents should express a preference of school before a LEA applies the principle of residence in the catchment area,' Sharman said.

This would place an administrative burden on LEA's, he added.
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