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Council revises school admission proposals

Monday, March 2, 2015

Stockton Council has revised its proposed school admission arrangements for 2016/17 following an extended consultation with parents and carers.

The initial proposals to change the allocation of places to Egglescliffe School, and to primary school admission zones in Ingleby Barwick, will not be taken forward.

Instead, it is proposed that the Council works with Egglescliffe School ensure the school has the capacity to accommodate in zone applicants in 2016.

Councillor Ann McCoy, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "We have had a lot of interest in these proposals and I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to express their views and also the members of our Children and Young People Select Committee for the extremely thorough and detailed work they have done on the process governing this review.

"We have received more than 850 responses during the consultation period, which included public meetings for parents and carers living across the Egglescliffe School zone, from Ingleby Barwick and Eaglescliffe to the Western Parishes villages of Carlton, Elton, Long Newton and Redmarshall.

"We extended the consultation period to allow as many people as possible to have their say and having listened very carefully we are now proposing that these changes are not taken forward. This reflects the wide range of differing opinions about the proposals, both at public meetings and through consultation responses."

Councillor McCoy added: "The consultation also revealed a preference for the proposed arrangements to instead be looked at in the context of the Borough-wide review planned for next year and which would come into effect from 2017/18 onwards.

"However, we also acknowledge that Egglescliffe remains a very popular school and have held early discussions with its headteacher about working together to ensure the school has the capacity to accommodate demand for places in 2016. We are now proposing to develop this work further and in more detail.

"I will be recommending that the revised proposals for the 2016/17 school admission arrangements for community, voluntary controlled primary and secondary schools in the Borough are approved by Cabinet on Thursday, March 12."

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