Brighton & Hove City Council School Admissions Consultation
A six-week programme of public engagement on possible ways of changing Brighton & Hove’s secondary school admissions system starts today, Monday 14 March.
Feedback from this will be taken into account by Brighton & Hove City Council when it formulates concrete proposals later this year for changing the system as of September 2018. These will be the subject of formal consultation in the autumn.
Residents wishing to find out more and give their views can do so via the council’s website.
A series of public information events is also being arranged. The following have already been scheduled:
- Tuesday 15 March from 7-9pm at Moulsecoomb Primary
- Wednesday 16 March from 12-2pm at the Brighthelm Centre and from 7-9pm at Dorothy Stringer
- Thursday 16 March from 12-2pm at Whitehawk Library and from 6.30-8.30pm at Portslade Aldridge Community Academy
- Saturday 19 March from 10am-noon at the Jubilee Library
- Tuesday 22 March from 7-9pm at Whitehawk Library
- Wednesday 23 March from 12-2pm at the Jubilee Library
- Tuesday 12 April Longhill High School 7-9pm
- Wednesday 13 April Patcham High School 7 – 9pm
- Thursday 14 April County Ground, Hove 7 – 9pm
- Wednesday 20 April, 7-9pm - meeting for school governors only at the Brighthelm Centre
- Thursday 21 April, 3.30-5pm at Moulsecoomb Primary
- Thursday 21 April, 7-9pm at Mile Oak Primary
- Friday 22 April, 9.15-10.15am at City Academy Whitehawk
- Tuesday 26 April, 3.30-5.30pm at St Mark's Primary
- Tuesday 26 April, 7-9pm at Carlton Hill Primary
- Wednesday 27 April, 7-9pm at the Brighthelm Centre
- Thursday 28 April, 7-9pm at Blatchington Mill
Details of further events will appear at the venues chosen and on the council’s website.
The need for change has been triggered by two key factors. One is rising demand for school places at secondary level, and the other is the University of Brighton’s proposal to create a new secondary free school in the eastern central area of the city. The current system uses a combination of catchment areas and a range of published admissions priorities to determine how places are allocated.
However, as of September 2018 the projected rise in the number of secondary age pupils means that in some catchment areas there will be too many pupils for the places available.
The council wants your views on three catchment area options. They are:
- each school to have its own catchment area (Option A)
- the city to have four catchment areas, three with two schools in and one with three schools in (Option B)
- each secondary school being part of a catchment area with three schools in (Option C)
For more information about these options click here.
The deputy chair of the children, young people and skills committee and chair of the council’s cross party school organisation working group, Councillor Daniel Chapman, said:
“Over the next few weeks we want to get people’s views on the general principles of how they think secondary school catchment areas should work in future. The feedback we get from this engagement exercise will help us draw up concrete proposals on a street-by-street basis that will be subject of a formal consultation process in the autumn. No admissions system will please all parents, but our aim above all is to arrive at a new system that is as fair as possible to as many parents and children on a city-wide basis.”
Department for Education rules state that any decisions on changing the admissions system as of September 2018 need to be made by 28 February 2017.