EDUCATION: Proposed Changes to School Admissions and Placing Requests Policy

Education director Laura Mason; Education convener Karen Conaghan and SNP administration leader Jonathan McColl.

Consultation postponed – Proposed Changes to School Admissions and Placing Requests Policy

Due to COVID-19 the timelines outlined within the consultation papers will  change, and the arrangements for holding public consultation meetings will be put in place when COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. In the meantime, views on the proposed changes can be submitted and will be considered.

Our consultation on proposed changes to the Council’s Admissions and Placing Request Policy, for placing requests for primary and secondary schools which opened on 16 March 2020 remains open. The consultation was due to end in May 2020 but due to the impact on coronavirus which meant public consultation meetings could not be held the consultation period has been extended until the 31 March 2021.

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In accordance with the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010 we are seeking views from members of the community, interest groups and parents on amendments to the  Admissions and Placing Request Policy,  which include the following proposals:

  1. Changes to the current placing request criteria for primary and secondary schools.
  2. Clarity on ballot process (where places are oversubscribed).
  3. Amendment to the policy to provide clarification on documentation required to provide proof of residency.

There are a number of ways you can get involved:

  • You can complete the online survey.
  • You can put your response in writing to the address below.
  • Public Meetings – due to the current restrictions on gatherings, arrangements for public meetings are on hold.  Once a decision has been reached on how to safely hold public meetings, dates and venues will be published when available.

Further information on proposals  (PDF 288KB)

Further information on the proposed changes, and how to participate in the consultation is contained within the Proposal Paper.

Consultation Timeline

  • 16 March 2020 – Start of consultation process
  • Public Consultation Meetings – Dates/arrangements to be confirmed.
  • End of Consultation Period – To be confirmed.
  • Information to Education Scotland – Within 2 weeks of consultation period ending.
  • Report to Educational Services Committee – To be confirmed

Contact by email:

In writing:

Laura Mason
Chief Education Officer
West Dunbartonshire Council
16 Church Street
G82 1QL

By phone:

01389 737309

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