Admission Arrangements and School Holiday and Term Dates Consultation 2024-25

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Closes 11 Dec 2022

Introduction

1. Are you responding as
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4. Do you support to maintain the Admission Arrangements for all Primary and Secondary Schools within Stockport (with exception of those listed)?

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Admissions arrangements for all Primary and Secondary School within Stockport (with the exception of Cheadle Hulme Primary School, Cheadle Hulme High School and Laurus Cheadle Hulme)

The School Admissions Code requires Admission Authorities to consult every seven years on their admissions arrangements.

Admissions arrangements must, however, be determined each year by 28th February whether a consultation has taken place or not.

With the exception of the items contained in this consultation document in relation to removal of interim criterion, admission arrangements for all other schools in Stockport remain unchanged from those determined.

The following admission arrangements will be determined and published on the Council’s website www.stockport.gov.uk/schooladmissions by 28th February 2023

See Appendices 1a and 1b for the Admissions policies for all Primary and Secondary Schools.

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5. Do you support the proposed change to the Published Admission Number for Abingdon Primary School & Vale View Primary School?

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Proposed change to the Published Admission Number for Abingdon & Vale View Primary Schools

The Local Authority is the Admissions Authority for Abingdon and Vale View Primary Schools

The Local Authority is proposing a reduction in PAN for both schools, in line with their current admission numbers

See Appendix 2 for the full Rationale for the PAN reductions

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6. Do you support the change to the Published Admission Number for St Elisabeth's CE Primary School?

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Proposed change to the Published Admission Number for St Elisabeth’s CE Primary School, Reddish

St Elisabeth’s CE Primary School is an Academy and the Governing Body is the Admission Authority for the school.

The Local Authority co-ordinates the admission arrangements for St Elisabeth’s CE Primary School and is hosting the consultation on their behalf.

See Appendix 3 for the business case from St Elisabeth’s CE Primary School

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7. Do you support the change to the Admission Policy for Woodford Primary School?

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Proposed change to the admissions policy for Woodford Primary School

Woodford Primary School is an Academy and the Board of Trustees is the Admission Authority for the school.

The Local Authority co-ordinates the admission arrangements for Woodford Primary School and is hosting the consultation on their behalf.

See Appendix 4 for the full policy from The Laurus Trust on behalf of Woodford Primary School.

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8. Proposed Principles for the setting of School Terms and Holidays. Please choose preferred option for the below principles:

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The principles for setting term dates are being consulted on to advise future procedure and date setting. The proposed principles, and associated term dates, are open to change following the consultation and will be communicated within the determination notice.

Primary Schools and Secondary Schools provided conflicting principles for the Christmas break, however, it is the intention is to align the dates for both primary and secondary term dates based on the responses received.

 

Proposed Principles for Stockport Primary School term dates

The Academic year to commence on the 1st Monday in September.

Autumn half term will always be the last full week in October.

Spring half term will always be the third full week in February.

The Easter break to be two weeks with the bank holiday being either the beginning, middle or the end of the holiday depending on how Easter falls.

Xmas holiday to be mid-week finish and a midweek return after the 1st January.

The Whitsun (summer) half term break will be two weeks.

Where a school is open for part of a week to pupils, this will be for a minimum of three school days (to encourage attendance).

The five Teacher Development Days (TDD) are all to be designated by the individual school’s Governing Body.

Schools which are used as polling stations where it is not appropriate for the school to still operate within safe guidelines.  Governing Bodies should ensure that a designated in-service training day is used on these dates.

Proposed Principles for Stockport Secondary School term dates

The Academic year to commence on the 1st September or the next working day.

Autumn half term will always be the last full week in October.

Spring half term will always be the third full week in February.

The Easter break to be two week with the bank holiday being either the beginning, middle or the end of the holiday depending on how Easter falls.

Christmas break to begin as near to 23rd December as possible

The Whitsun (summer) half term break will be one week.

Where a school is open for part of a week to pupils, this will be for a minimum of three school days (to encourage attendance).

The five Teacher Development Days (TDD) are all to be designated by the individual school’s Governing Body.

Schools which are used as polling stations where it is not appropriate for the school to still operate within safe guidelines.  Governing Bodies should ensure that a designated in-service training day is used on these dates.

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Do you support the remaining principles?

  • Autumn half-term will always be the last full week in October.
  • The Easter break to be two weeks with the bank holiday being either the beginning, middle or the end of the the holiday depending on how Easter falls.
  • Where a school is open for part of a week to pupils, this will be for a minimum of three school days (to encourage attendance).
  • The five Teacher Development Days (TDD) are all to be designated by the individual school’s Governing Bodies.
  • Schools which are used as polling stations where it is not appropriate for the school to still operate within safe guidelines, Governing Bodies should ensure that a designated inservice training day is used on these dates.
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9. Do you support the proposed School Term and Holiday dates?

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Proposed School terms and Holiday Dates 2024/25

The Local Authority wishes to consult with schools, parents, and the local community to gather their views on proposed dates for 2024/25.

Stockport are proposing a set of principles to determine term dates annually, these are detail in full in Appendix 5, and will determine the options for future term and holiday consultations.

Traditionally, Stockport have consulted on 2 term date options, primary schools have always had 2 weeks at Summer half-term and secondary schools 1 week, however they will now offer 1 option based on the proposed principles.

The dates that are to be considered are detailed in full in Appendix 6.

Please note, althought the Chirstmas break outlined in the proposed dates alter for Ptimary and Secondary, it is the intention to align them based on consultation responses.

 

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10. Do you support the removal of the interim criterion from the Admissions Policies for Westmorland Primary School, Norris Bank Primary School and Tithe Bran Primary School?

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Proposed removal of ‘interim criterion’ from the Admissions Policies for Westmorland Primary School, Norris Bank Primary School and Tithe Barn Primary School

The LA is proposing to remove the ‘interim criterion’ category from the oversubscription criteria for each school and return to the oversubscription criteria detailed in Appendix 1.

After the first year of implementation there has been no subsequent year whereby applicants have qualified for and been categorised within category e (interim criterion).

In the interests of maintaining clear and easy to understand admission arrangements it proposed that this interim criterion be removed, and the admission arrangements return to those applied to the majority of Primary Schools in Stockport.

See Appendix 7a for the original Business Case which introduced the interim criterion for Norris Bank and Tithe Barn Primary School, Appendix 7b for Westmorland Primary School and Reddish Vale High School

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11. Do you support the change to the maintenance of waiting lists for nursery, reception and Year 7?

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Proposed change to the maintenance of waiting list positions for Nursery, Reception and Year 7

The LA is proposing to change to process for maintenance of waiting lists for Nursery, Reception and Year 7 applications.

Applications currently stay on the waiting list for the full academic year for all year groups. The proposed change would bring the normal admissions round for Nursery, Reception and Year 7 in line with the process for all other year groups when changing schools in-year.

See Appendix 8 for the Business Case on the proposed change to maintenance of waiting lists

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