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SCHOOLS ADJUDICATOR PUBLISHES ADMISSION VARIATION DECISIONS

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The Office of the Schools Adjudicator has today published decisions ...
The Office of the Schools Adjudicator has today published decisions

on in-year variations by West Berkshire LEA to the admission

arrangements of six schools for September 2004.

After West Berkshire LEA had set admission numbers for September

2004, a number of its schools had building work to meet local demand;

others rearranged their use of the space and resource. Therefore,

further net capacity assessments were done to determine what the new

admission numbers should be. Both the originally determined and

proposed admission numbers are as shown on the attached Annex A.

The adjudicator, Hilary Nicolle, approved the variations for the

Willink School, Kennet School, Spurcroft Primary School and Westwood

Farm Infants School. However, she did not approve the variations for

Brimpton C of E School and Long Lane Primary School as she was not

presented with any evidence of a major change in circumstances to

warrant the variations and concluded that for both schools the

variation was not unavoidable.

Annex A

Brimpton C of E Primary School - Proposed Variation from 10 to 9

Spurcroft Primary School - Proposed Variation from 22 to 38

Kennet School - Proposed Variation from 260 to 280

The Willink School - Proposed Variation from 141 to 162

Long Lane Primary School Reception Age - Proposed Variation from 24

to 30

Long Lane Primary School Junior Age - Proposed Variation from 27 to

20

Westwood Farm Infants School - Proposed Variation from 63 to 60

ADJUDICATOR PUBLISHES ADMISSION VARIATION FOR THE MALORY SCHOOL,

LEWISHAM

The Office of the Schools Adjudicator has today published a decision

on an in-year variation to the admission arrangements of The Malory

School.

Lewisham LEA applied to the adjudicator to make an in-year variation

to its published admission number for the school, reducing the number

from 180 to 150 from September 2004. The variation was sought to

facilitate major redevelopment s at the school.

The adjudicator, Alan Billings, approved the variation. He felt

that there had been an unforeseen and major change in circumstances

at Malory School and that a temporary reduction in admission numbers

at the school was a necessary precondition for work to be carried

out.

ADJUDICATOR PUBLISHES ADMISSION VARIATION FOR QUEEN ELIZABETH ROYAL

FREE GRAMMAR SCHOOL, SPALDING, LINCOLNSHIRE

The Office of the Schools Adjudicator has today published a decision

on an in-year variation to the admission arrangements of Queen

Elizabeth Royal Free Grammar School.

The Governing Body of Queen Elizabeth Royal Free Grammar School

applied to the adjudicator to increase the published admission number

for September 2004 from 120 to 150. The variation was due to an

increase in the number of boys who qualified for a place at the

school as a result of 11+ entrance tests.

The adjudicator, Peter Neafsey, approved the variation. He noted

that the school draws from very wide catchment areas and took the

view that the immediate effect on any one school of the variation was

unlikely to have any significant impact. Mr Neafsey also noted that

the governing body wanted to permanently increase their admission

number with effect from September 2005. He indicated that any

increase would require full local consultation and subsequent

publication and determination of statutory proposals.

ADJUDICATOR PUBLISHES ADMISSION VARIATION FOR KINGS NORTON HIGH

SCHOOL, BIRMINGHAM

The Office of the Schools Adjudicator has today published a decision

on an in-year variation to the admission arrangements of Kings Norton

High School.

Birmingham Local Education Authority applied to the adjudicator to

reduce the published admission number of Kings Norton High School for

September 2004 from 182 to 163 due to a reduction in teaching space

at the school.

The adjudicator, Louise Kidd, approved the variation. She

believed t hat the proposal would reduce spare capacity in the ward by

removing surplus provision at a school, which in the last three years

had been consistently undersubscribed.

Notes

Schools adjudicators are independent of the government. They decide

on school organisation issues and admission arrangements which cannot

be resolved locally. They were appointed under the School Standards

and Framework Act 1998. 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.

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 -

www.schoolsadjudicator.gov.uk

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, Mowden Hall, Staindrop Road, Darlington DL3 9BG

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