South Ayrshire Council is proposing to amend the current arrangements for school placing requests – and the Council wants to know what you think.
Streamlining the placing request process and giving priority to children living in South Ayrshire are proposed as part of a statutory consultation into placing request arrangements.
Consultation on proposals to change the Council's placing requests arrangements, where parents express a preference for which school they wish their child to attend, are now underway. The changes proposed would mean priority for school places would be given to young people who live in South Ayrshire for places in South Ayrshire Council schools.
The consultation does not affect current catchment areas, with children and young people in relevant catchment areas given priority.
Councillor Margaret Toner, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder for the Council said: "The proposed changes would ensure that children and young people who live in South Ayrshire, and whose education is the responsibility of the Council, are given priority over those who live outside South Ayrshire."
"We have great schools in South Ayrshire and while we are happy to welcome pupils from outwith the area, we need to put our own pupils first.
"We are keen to hear what people in South Ayrshire think about the proposed changes to school placing requests, so please let us know your views."
Where there are more placing request applications than there are places available the proposed changes include a new priority criteria to decide the allocation of places:
- Those cases where medical needs of the child or young person can only be met in the school requested.
- Those children who do not live in the delineated area of a secondary school but attend an associated primary school.
- The presence of older brothers or sisters in the school requested.
- Allocation by ballot.
It is proposed that when allocating places by ballot, priority will be given to children and young people who live in South Ayrshire. Any remaining spaces in schools will be allocated further afield by ballot.
A public meeting to discuss the proposals and give people the chance to put forward their view will be held on Wednesday 27 May 2015 at 7pm in the County Hall, County Buildings, Ayr.
Information is also available on the Council's website at www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/consultations and from all South Ayrshire schools, libraries and customer contact centres.
The consultation will close on Friday 26 June 2015.