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					HERTFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL                                     Agenda Item No.

EDUCATION & SKILLS CABINET PANEL                                Education & Skills
WEDNESDAY, 17 MARCH 2010 AT 10.00AM                               Cabinet Panel


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CABINET
MONDAY, 22 MARCH 2010 AT 2.00PM                                       Cabinet


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COUNTY COUNCIL                                                   County Council
TUESDAY, 30 MARCH 2010 AT 10.30AM                                (Refer to Council
                                                                     agenda)

CONSULTATION ON SCHOOL ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS FOR 2011- 2012

Report of the Director of Children, Schools & Families

Author:             Glenda Hardy (Tel: 01992 555862)
Executive Member: Richard Thake, Education & Skills


1.   Purpose Of The Report

1.1 To enable the Education & Skills Panel to make recommendations to the Cabinet
    on the proposed admission arrangements and rules for community and voluntary-
    controlled schools and the schemes of co-ordination for admission 2011/12.

1.2 To enable the Cabinet to make recommendations to the County Council on the
    proposed admission arrangements and rules for community and voluntary-
    controlled schools and the schemes of co-ordination for admission 2011/12.

1.2 To enable the County Council to determine the admission arrangements and
    rules for for community and voluntary-controlled schools and the schemes of
    co-ordination for admission 2011/12.

2.   Summary

2.1 Pre-consultation took place during the Autumn term 2009 with community
    groups from Wheathamsted, St Paul‟s Walden, Kimpton, Whitwell
    Rickmansworth/Mill End (WD3), and the County Admissions Forum. Following
    the outcome of this pre-consultation it was agreed by Cabinet at its meeting on
    23 November 2009 to proceed to statutory consultation on the proposals set out
    in the consultation paper (attached as Appendix 1 of this report).

2.2 The statutory consultation for school admissions for the school year
    2011/2012 took place in January and February 2010.

2.3 The consultation document was distributed to all statutory consultees,
    including schools via email and hardcopies were also provided to each

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      headteacher and chair of governors, all libraries and childrens‟ centres. The
      consultation was advertised on the Governor‟s website and in the Governor‟s
      bulletin. Schools were asked to draw the consultation to the attention of parents
      through posters and articles in newsletters, both of which were distributed to
      schools. Notices were published in local newspapers across Hertfordshire,
      drawing readers‟ attention to the consultation and the link to the website. Press
      statements were released to coincide with the launch of the consultation, and
      the hertsdirect website promoted a front page article for the initial period of the
      consultation.

2.4 Paragraph 4 and Appendices 2 and 2a of this report set out the feedback
    received during the consultation period.

2.5 Recommended approaches for each proposal for determination for 2011/12 are
    set out in paragraph 5.

2.6 Changes to Published Admission Numbers (PAN) between
    2010/11 and proposed PANs 2011/12 for community and voluntary-controlled
    schools are set out in paragraph 6 and Appendix 3 of the report.

3.    Recommendations

3.1 The Education & Skills Cabinet Panel is asked to recommend to the Cabinet
    that:-

       “Cabinet recommend to the County Council that the County Council approve:-

      (i)     The proposal to move to a straight line measurement system for home to
              school distance measuring for the purpose of school admissions

      (ii)    The proposed admission rules and arrangements for community and
              voluntary-controlled schools, including the over-subscription criteria for
              nurseries, Tring School and Kings Langley School as set out in Appendix
              1 of the report

      (iii)   The co-ordinated schemes of admission for first, primary, junior, middle,
              secondary, upper schools and academies for 2011/12, including in year
              admissions, as set out in Section 8 of Appendix 1 of the report.

      (iv)    The sixth form arrangements for community and voluntary controlled
              schools.

      (v)     The published admission numbers for community and voluntary
              controlled schools, as set out in Appendix 3 of the report.

      (vi)    The publication of notices where the published admission number (PAN)
              is lower than the indicated admission number (IAN), together with the
              supporting reason for determining a lower PAN”

3.2     The Cabinet is asked to consider the Panel‟s recommendations, to be reported
        orally to the Cabinet at its meeting on 22 March 2010 and circulated to
        members in the Cabinet order sheet.



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3.3       County Council is asked to consider the Cabinet‟s recommendations, to be
          circulated to all members of the Council after the Cabinet meeting on 22
          March 2010.

4.    Consultation Feedback

4.1 Appendix 2 and 2a of this report provide a detailed summary of the feedback
    received during the consultation period..

4.3   Recommended approaches for each proposal for determination for 2011/12 are
      set out below in paragraph 5.

5.    Appraisal And Recommendations

5.1   Proposal To Move To Straight Line Measurement For Home To School
      Distance For The Purposes Of School Admissions.

      87.85% of those who responded to the consultation were in favour of this
      proposal.

      Some of the comments received were:-

            “This seems by far the most sensible way of allocating school places. It is
             safer, more environmentally friendly and makes common sense. Why it
             would have been differently previously beggers belief.”
            “I think this is a much more straightforward method”

            “This would make it easier to apply the rule in a way that is easily
             understood by everyone”

            “We should be encouraging children to walk to school. Often the best
             journey for pedestrians is away from main routes, i.e., cut throughs on
             housing estates. Children should be allocated the school that is nearest to
             their home address and the straight line measurement appears to be the
             fairest way of calculating this”.

      It is recommended that this proposal be approved.

5.2    Admission Rules For Community And Voluntary–Controlled Schools

      10.39% of those who responded were in favour of the oversubscription criteria
      for nursery admissions for community and voluntary-controlled schools.

      11.44% of those who responded were in favour of the oversubscription criteria
      for Community and Voluntary-Controlled, First, Infant, Primary, Junior and
      Middle Schools

      7.22% of those who responded were in favour of the oversubscription criteria
      for Community and Voluntary controlled co-educational and single sex upper
      and secondary schools. (Except Tring and Kings Langley Schools).

      The majority of responses for all of the above were either no opinion or
      unanswered.



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0.35% of those who responded were in disagreement with the proposed rules
for Tring School.

52.64% of those who responded were not in favour of the proposed rules for
Kings Langley School.

Comments received:-

 “The single sex rules mean that too many places are being allocated to
  children from outside Hitchin. Letchworth, Baldock and Knebworth have
  schools of their own and the belief that people from these towns choose
  Hitchin single sex schools because they want a single sex school is a fallacy
  it is obviously results driven. People from Hitchin should have a choice of
  Hitchin schools and people should be able to send their children to their
  nearest school. Currently this is not the case, there are children commuting
  miles by train, bus and in cars when children that could walk to these schools
  are not getting places. Surely on an environmental stand alone this does not
  make sense.”
 Response to the above comment in relation to the rules for single sex schools
 in Hitchin : -

  The oversubscription criteria for Hitchin Boys and Girls Schools have been in
  place for a number of years and replicate the arrangements for the other
  community single sex schools in Hertfordshire. Historically, single sex
  schools attract pupils from a much wider area than co-educational schools
  and the current priority areas were created to recognise the traditional pattern
  of application. Letchworth was included as a “stand alone” parish in the
  Hitchin single sex rules in 2007, in response to parental demand and to align
  the use of Hitchin and Letchworth as separate parishes in allocations for both
  single sex and coeducational schools.

 Pupils living in Hitchin still gain the majority of places at both single sex
 schools; on average 52% of places in the last two years.
 “We the undersigned disagree with the admission rules for Kings Langley
  School. WD3 is stated as a priority area for this school, However it is an hour
  and a half journey by bus (8.5 miles) from the WD3 area and would not
  qualify for free transport as it is not our closest community school. In 2009,
  the "furthest distance" successful applicant was 3 miles away, and therefore
  it is completely pointless to state WD3 as a priority area. It would only be an
  appropriate parental choice if free and direct transport (i.e. County provided)
  was available and it was not an over-subscribed school. In 2008 & 9,
  children applied from Croxley, Chorleywood, Sarratt, Flaunden and Watford -
  none secured a place. If HCC desire Kings Langley School to be an
  appropriate parental choice, children from the WD3 area should be
  considered higher up the selection criteria and free transport provided.”
 Response to the above comment in relation to the rules for Kings Langley
 School: -

  The rules for Kings Langley school were drawn up in discussion with local
  community groups and were agreed after consultation in 2009, in an attempt
  to resolve the long standing difficulties of residents in the village of
  Bovingdon gaining access to their nearest schools. The new rules for Kings
  Langley school, combined with the amendment of the “nearest school”
  definition (removal of partially selective schools), have created an admissions
  system which will generate higher levels of satisfaction in this area,
  particularly for those families whose children may not be successful in the
  selection tests. Admission outcomes for families in Sarratt and Flaunden, as
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        well as Bovingdon, will improve as a result of these amendments.

      It is recommended that the rules for community and voluntary-controlled
      schools be agreed.

5.3   Schemes Of Co-Ordination

      Views were also sought on the effectiveness of the existing schemes of co-
      ordination. 53.17% of respondents were not in agreement with the proposed
      schemes. The majority of responses received were from the WD3 postal district
      and the comments and responses are, therefore, in direct relation to specific
      issues in this area and are not necessarily a reflection of opinion county wide.

      Comments received:-

       “Content - but bitterly disappointed that the consultation did not propose to
        extend the number of schools that can be applied for. The world fell out from
        under our feet when my daughter did not get one of her three options last
        year. On second allocation we applied to our 4th and 5th choices and were
        offered a place. it was so different to get a school we chose over one we
        didn’t. Most LAs offer up to 6 choices. Hertfordshire - esp. sw herts - needs
        this level of option. I do appreciate the separation of priority area 6 into two
        parts here.”

       “Should be more than 3 choices, in line with other LA's surrounding us who
        give 6 choices”

       “I disagree with the coordinated schemes of admissions for all schools. All
        applications will be processed by the Local Authority and will be managed in
        line with the Pan-London Co-ordinated Admissions System (comprised of 39
        local authorities in and adjacent to London). Other neighbouring local
        authorities give parents up to 6 choices of preferred schools (including
        Bucks, Hillingdon & Harrow). This does not give Hertfordshire parents the
        same choices or right to appeal as out-of-county parents applying for the
        same schools. Therefore, we disagree with the scheme on the basis of
        Hertfordshire parents being discriminated against by their own Local
        Education Authority and are petitioning Hertfordshire County Council to
        amend its scheme such that Hertfordshire children can state up to 6 schools
        on their LEA application form.”

      Response to the above comments relating to additional preferences:-

        A method of investigation would need to be identified in order to give further
        consideration to the request for additional preferences. Exploration of the
        overall outcome and implications county wide would need to show that any
        change did not have a detrimental impact on any community.

      It is recommended that the schemes of co-ordination for in year
      admissions and all phases of entry be agreed.




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       5.4 Sixth Form Arrangements For Community And Voluntary-Controlled
           Schools

               5.63% were in favour of this proposal, the majority (93.66%) had no opinion and
               no comments were received.

               It is recommend that the proposed admission arrangements for sixth form
               be agreed.

       6.      Changes To Published Admission Numbers (PAN) Between
               2010/11 And Proposed Pans 2011/12 For Community And Voluntary-
               Controlled Schools

               Appendix 3 provides a complete list of published admission numbers (PANs)
               and indicated admission numbers (IANs) for all community and voluntary
               controlled schools in Hertfordshire.

               The indicated admission number is the theoretical number of pupils which could
               be admitted per year group based on the available accommodation calculated
               by the Net Capacity methodology.

               The following tables show where changes are proposed.

                               Primary schools including first and middle schools
                                                                                            IAN 2009
                                                 School        Primary/   PAN    Proposed
No    School                     Town                                                       (from NC
                                                 type         Secondary   2010   PAN 2011
                                                                                               2009)
262   Bayford (C of E) VC        Bayford         Voluntary     Primary      14      15        14
      Primary                                    Controlled
416   Bernards Heath Junior      St Albans       Community     Primary     60       90         60
923   Bridgewater                Berkhamsted     Community     Primary     105     110        110
720   Cherry Tree Primary        Watford         Community     Primary     30       60         29
531   Creswick JMI and           Welwyn Garden   Community     Primary     30       60         30
      Nursery                    City
437   Cunningham Hill Infant     St Albans       Community     Primary      90      60        60
367   Downfield JMI              Cheshunt        Community     Primary      45      60        36
940   Dundale Primary &          Tring           Community     Primary      45      30        42
      Nursery
571   Green Lanes Primary        Hatfield        Community     Primary      45      60        42
862   Hammond JMI &              Hemel           Community     Primary      30      60        30
      Nursery                    Hempstead
38    Highover JMI               Hitchin         Community     Primary      30      45        30
353   Hurst Drive Primary        Waltham Cross   Community     Primary      45      60        45
155   Martins Wood Primary       Stevenage       Community     Primary      60      90        60
48    Mary Exton JMI             Hitchin         Community     Primary      34      30        34
86    Roman Way First            Royston         Community     Primary      60      45        48
297   Roselands Primary          Hoddesdon       Community     Primary      30      45        28
35    Samuel Lucas JMI           Hitchin         Community     Primary      34      30        30
40    Strathmore Infant and      Hitchin         Community     Primary      60      90        70
      Nursery
83    Tannery Drift              Royston         Community     Primary      55      45        45
263   Tonwell St Mary's C of     Tonwell         Voluntary     Primary      8       13        13
      E Primary                                  Controlled
829   Tudor JMI & Nursery        Hemel           Community     Primary      30      60        29
                                 Hempstead
695   Yorke Mead Primary         Croxley Green   Community     Primary      30      60        30


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               The County Council consulted upon a 2011/12 PAN for Wheatcroft Primary
               School, Hertford of 60. The 2010 PAN for Wheatcroft School was 45. However,
               Cabinet took the decision on 15 February 2010 to defer the decision to enlarge
               Wheatcroft School until the autumn term. Wheatcroft School‟s PAN for 2011/12
               will therefore remain at 45 and this is reflected in Appendix 3.

      Secondary schools
                                                                                                IAN 2009
Sch                                                                                 Proposed
      School                    Town                    School type     PAN 2010                (from NC
No                                                                                  PAN 2011
                                                                                                   2009)
112   Marriotts                 Stevenage                Community         178         210         164
103   Nobel (The)               Stevenage                Community         210         240         188
482   Roundwood Park            Harpenden                Community         182         196         184
481   Sir John Lawes            Harpenden                Community         180         187         193
402   St Albans Girls'          St Albans                Community         178         196         194
717   Westfield Community       Watford                  Community         211         240         211
      Technology College


               Feedback has been received relating to the proposed PANs for individual
               schools and the table below summarises the feedback and response.

      School                 Feedback                                  Response
      Primary
      Cranborne              I am appalled that Cranborne Primary      The proposed decrease in
      Primary                School has a proposed intake of 30        PAN for 1 year only was in
                             rather than 60. In every other year.      response to a letter from the
                             Cranborne has been a 2 form entry         governors, because the
                             school rather than 1. Reducing            forecast shows a drop in the
                             numbers to 30 I am sure will have the     number of reception pupils in
                             knock on effect of composite classes      Potters Bar, for one year
                             which is detrimental to teaching staff,   only, in 2011.
                             and students in both years. This is       Since then, the school has
                                                                       responded to the consultation
                             typical of the lack of support given to
                                                                       indicating that it does not
                             Cranborne school by the local
                                                                       wish its PAN to be
                             authority with their previous short
                                                                       decreased. It is therefore
                             sighted and empty promise to support      recommended that its PAN
                             the school through the merger with        should remain at 60 for 2011.
                             Sunnybank. There is currently a 3         Cranborne has therefore
                             form year 2 which is the year that was    been removed from the
                             most effected by the merger. If the LA    above table.
                             has any conscience or interest in
                             educating children properly they will
                             continue to finance this arrangement
                             until these children has completed
                             primary school. The mess up yet
                             another year group (2011/2012
                             intake) with further short sighted
                             attitudes to intake numbers is
                             appalling and shows a complete
                             disregard for the educational welfare
                             of the children involved.

      Strathmore             A parent responded outraged that          Strathmore Infant School
      Infant                 Strathmore Infant and Nursery should      historically has had an
                             bear the brunt of the over subscription   admission number of 90. The
                             of children in Hitchin with a THREE       County Council reduced this
                             form entry, whilst there are many         to 60 in 2009 as part of a
                             examples of schools with a single         package of measures to

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                  form entry only. This causes               address surplus places in the
                  unnecessary pressure on school, a          town. The proposal to
                  disadvantage to the children as it         increase the PAN once again
                  completely unfair - consider               to 90 is in light of the recent
                  Ickleford, Samuel Lucas, Oughton,          increase in demand for
                  where many of the 'overspill' come         primary places across
                  from.                                      Hitchin.


Schools not       Respondents to the consultation            The County Council is the
included in PAN   identified schools missing from the list   admitting authority for
                  of proposed PANs, including Nash           community and voluntary
consultation                                                 controlled schools and
                  Mills School and Thomas Coram
                  CofE school                                determines PANs for these
                                                             schools through the
                                                             admissions arrangements
                                                             process. Both Nash Mills and
                                                             Thomas Coram schools are
                                                             voluntary aided and, as their
                                                             own admitting authority,
                                                             would not form part of the
                                                             County Council‟s
                                                             consultation.



Secondary
Sir John Lawes    N.B. negotiations held with the school     Recommend PAN of 187.
                  about a realistic PAN. The outcome
                  was agreement by the governing
                  body to accept 187 but not 193
                  because of the limitations of the site
                  and core facilities. Officers have
                  considered that this is reasonable.
                  Letter from the governing body to
                  follow.
Middle/Upper

Bridgewater
                  My experience shows that LEA can           The Local Authority has
                  manipulate data to suit its case. Last     historically managed PANs to
                  year the PAN for Bridgewater               match local demand at year 5
                  School was 95, the previous year it        at the two middle schools.
                  was 110, the following year 105 and        No change to the proposed
                  then 110 again. It is the IAN which is     PAN is recommended.
                  most important and should be used
                  consistently each year. School don't
                  change every year, the number of
                  pupils who can enter a school each
                  year should reflect this.

    Appendix 3 provides a complete list of proposed PANs for determination for
    both community and voluntary-controlled primary and secondary schools,
    including first, middle and upper schools.

    Where the PAN is determined less than the IAN, the County Council, as
    admitting authority, is required in accordance with regulation 9 of The Education
    (Determination of Admission Arrangements) (England) Regulations 1999 to
    publish a notice setting out the reasons why the PAN is lower than the IAN.

    The table below summarises the schools for which this applies along with the
    information required for the notice.

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Proposed PANs for 2011/12 where proposed PAN is lower than the IAN – Primary, including first and middle
schools
                                                           Proposed            PAN lower
                                       School       PAN               IAN
No    School             Town                              PAN                 than IAN    Commentary
                                       Type         2010              (2009)
                                                           2011                2009
                                                                                           To comply with the
                                                                                           requirement to meet KS1
      Alban Wood                                                                           legislation that classes will
752   Primary            Watford       Community     30      30          34       -4       not exceed 30.
                                                                                           To comply with the
                                                                                           requirement to meet KS1
      Andrew‟s Lane      Waltham                                                           legislation that classes will
372   Primary            Cross         Community     30      30          35       -5       not exceed 30.
                                                                                           To comply with the
                                                                                           requirement to meet KS1
                         Welwyn                                                            legislation that classes will
521   Applecroft         Garden City   Community     60      60          61       -1       not exceed 30.
363   Bonneygrove        Cheshunt      Community     50      50          54       -4       Insufficient core and teaching
      County Primary                                                                       space to accommodate more
                                                                                           pupils than the PAN.
                                                                                           To comply with the
                                                                                           requirement to meet KS1
                                                                                           legislation that classes will
729   Chater Infant      Watford       Community     60      60          70       -10      not exceed 30.
                                                                                           To comply with the
                                                                                           requirement to meet KS1
      Dundale Primary                                                                      legislation that classes will
940   & Nursery          Tring         Community     45      30          42       -12      not exceed 30.
                                                                                           To balance the places
                                                                                           available at linked middle
                                                                                           and upper schools and
                                                                                           insufficient specialist and
      Edwinstree CofE                  Voluntary                                           teaching accommodation
225   Middle             Buntingford   Controlled   112      112         126      -14      at Edwinstree School.
                                                                                           Linked Infants School is
                                                                                           required to comply with
                                                                                           the requirement to meet
                                                                                           KS1 legislation that
                                                                                           classes will not exceed
420   Fleetville JM      St Albans     Community     90      90          98       -8       30.
                                                                                           Insufficient core, specialist
                                                                                           and/or general teaching
                                                                                           space to accommodate more
78    Greneway (The)     Royston       Community    120      120         158      -38      pupils than the PAN.
                                                                                           To comply with the
                                                                                           requirement to meet KS1
      Leavesden                                                                            legislation that classes will
740   Green JMI          Leavesden     Community     30      30          34       -4       not exceed 30.
                                                                                           To comply with the
      Leverstock                                                                           requirement to meet KS1
      Green CofE         Leverstock    Voluntary                                           legislation that classes will
853   Primary            Green         Controlled    30      30          34       -4       not exceed 30.
                                                                                           To comply with the
                                                                                           requirement to meet KS1
      Manland                                                                              legislation that classes will
485   Primary            Harpenden     Community     30      30          33       -3       not exceed 30.
                                                                                           To comply with the
      Markyate Village                                                                     requirement to meet KS1
      School &                                                                             legislation that classes will
907   Nursery            Markyate      Community     30      30          35       -5       not exceed 30.
                                                                                           To comply with the
48    Mary Exton JMI     Hitchin       Community     34      30          34       -4       requirement to meet KS1

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                                                                        legislation that classes will
                                                                        not exceed 30.
                                                                        To comply with the
      Oughton                                                           requirement to meet KS1
      Primary and                                                       legislation that classes will
43    Nursery School    Hitchin       Community    30   30   35   -5    not exceed 30.
                                                                        To comply with the
                                                                        requirement to meet KS1
      Radburn                                                           legislation that classes will
25    Primary           Letchworth    Community    30   30   38   -8    not exceed 30.
                                                                        To comply with the
                                                                        requirement to meet KS1
      Roebuck                                                           legislation that classes will
129   Primary           Stevenage     Community    30   30   42   -12   not exceed 30.
                                                                        Insufficient core and teaching
      Roman Way                                                         space to accommodate more
86    First             Royston       Community    60   45   48   -3    pupils than the PAN.
                                                                        To comply with the
                                                                        requirement to meet KS1
      Skyswood                                                          legislation that classes will
462   Primary           St Albans     Community    30   30   34   -4    not exceed 30.
                                                                        Insufficient core, specialist
                                                                        and/or general teaching
                                                                        space to accommodate more
70    Therfield First   Royston       Community    11   11   15   -4    pupils than the PAN.
                                                                        Insufficient core facilities
      Thundridge                      Voluntary                         to accommodate more
324   CofE Primary      Thundridge    Controlled   12   12   15   -3    pupils than the PAN.
                                                                        To comply with the
      Trotts Hill                                                       requirement to meet KS1
      Primary &                                                         legislation that classes will
154   Nursery           Stevenage     Community    30   30   34   -4    not exceed 30.
                                                                        To comply with the
                                                                        requirement to meet KS1
                                                                        legislation that classes will
198   Walkern Primary   Walkern       Community    15   15   16   -1    not exceed 30.
                                                                        Linked Infants School is
                                                                        required to comply with
                                                                        the requirement to meet
                                                                        KS1 legislation that
      Watford Field                                                     classes will not exceed
730   Junior            Watford       Community    60   60   69   -9    30.
      Watton-at-Stone                                                   Insufficient core facilities to
      Primary &         Watton-at-                                      accommodate more pupils
270   Nursery           Stone         Community    38   38   41   -3    than the PAN.
                                                                        To comply with the
                                                                        requirement to meet KS1
                                                                        legislation that classes will
918   Westfield First   Berkhamsted   Community    30   30   36   -6    not exceed 30.
                                                                        To comply with the
                                                                        requirement to meet KS1
                                                                        legislation that classes will
768   Woodhall          Watford       Community    30   30   36   -6    not exceed 30.
                                                                        To comply with the
                                                                        requirement to meet KS1
                                                                        legislation that classes will
616   Woodlands         Borehamwood   Community    30   30   34   -4    not exceed 30.




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Proposed PANs for 2011/12 where proposed PAN is lower than the IAN – Secondary
                                                           Proposed            PAN lower
                                        School      PAN                IAN
No    School              Town                               PAN                than IAN   Commentary
                                        Type        2010              (2009)
                                                             2011                 2009

                                                                                           Insufficient core, specialist
                                                                                           and/or general teaching space
                                                                                           to accommodate more pupils
106   Barclay (The)       Stevenage     Community   196      196       201        -5       than the PAN. An interim
                                                                                           change is not recommended
                                                                                           pending implementation of
                                                                                           BSF


                                                                                           An interim change is not
                                                                                           recommended pending
108   Barnwell            Stevenage     Community   240      240       338        -98      implementation of BSF.
                                                                                           An increase would
                                                                                           compromise equal opportunity
                                                                                           principles in terms of equality
      Bishop‟s Hatfield                                                                    of access to single sex
551   Girls               Hatfield                  122      122       131        -9       provision.
                                                                                           Insufficient core, specialist
      Hemel                                                                                and/or general teaching space
      Hempstead           Hemel                                                            to accommodate more pupils
801   (The)               Hempstead                 180      180       188        -8       than the PAN.
                                                                                           Insufficient core, specialist
                                                                                           and/or general teaching space
                                                                                           to accommodate more pupils
607   Hertswood           Borehamwood               280      280       305        -25      than the PAN.
                                                                                           Insufficient core, specialist
                                                                                           and/or general teaching space
                          Hemel                                                            to accommodate more pupils
802   Longdean            Hempstead                 218      218       243        -25      than the PAN.
                                                                                           Insufficient core, specialist
                                                                                           and/or general teaching space
                                                                                           to accommodate more pupils
                                                                                           than the PAN and the ability to
                          Welwyn                                                           integrate pupils from
516   Monks Walk          Garden City   Community   210      210       230        -20      Knightsfield Special School.
                                                                                           Insufficient core, specialist
                                                                                           and/or general teaching space
                                                                                           to accommodate more pupils
481   Sir John Lawes      Harpenden                 180      187       193        -6       than the PAN.


          Only 3.92% of respondents were not in favour of the proposed published admission
          numbers for community and voluntary-controlled schools, the remainder were either
          in support or did not express an opinion

          It is recommended that the proposed PANs in Appendix 3 are agreed.

          7.      Financial Implications

                  There are no financial implications arising from this report.




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8.    Conclusions

8.1   The Panel is asked to make the following recommendations to Cabinet:-

      “That Cabinet recommend to the County Council that the County Council
      approve:-

      (i) The proposal to move to a straight line measurement system for home to
           school distance measuring for the purpose of school admissions

      (ii) The proposed admission rules and arrangements for community and
           voluntary-controlled schools, including the over-subscription criteria for
           nurseries, Tring School and Kings Langley School as set out in Appendix 1
           of the report

      (iii) The co-ordinated schemes of admission for first, primary, junior, middle,
            secondary, upper schools and academies for 2011/12, including in year
            admissions, as set out in Section 8 of Appendix 1 of the report.

      (iv) The sixth form arrangements for community and voluntary controlled
           schools

      (v) The published admission numbers for community and voluntary controlled
          schools, as set out in Appendix 3 of the report.

      (vi) The publication of notices where the published admission number (PAN) is
           lower than the indicated admission number (IAN), together with the
           supporting reason for determining a lower PAN.”

8.2 Cabinet is asked to consider the recommendations of the Education & Skills
    Cabinet Panel, to be reported to the Cabinet at its meeting on 22 March 2010
    and circulated in the Cabinet order sheet.

8.3 County Council is asked to consider the recommendations of the Cabinet, to be
    circulated to all members of the County Council after the Cabinet meeting on 22
    March 2010, and to determine admission arrangements and rules for
    community and voluntary-controlled schools and the schemes of co-ordination
    for admission 2011/12.

8.4 All admission authorities are required to have determined their arrangements by
    15 April 2010. Local authorities must publish a notice in a local newspaper(s)
    as soon as all the admission arrangements for schools in their area have been
    determined, setting out that details of these are available for inspection at the
    local authority‟s offices and such other places as the local authority may decide.

Background Information
 Consultation Document „Consultation on school admissions arrangements
   for 2011/12‟ - Attached as Appendix 1
 Summary of responses (as at 26 February 2010) – Attached as Appendix 2
 Summary of responses (email/postal/on line) – Attached as Appendix 2a
 Published admission numbers (PAN) 2011/12 for community and voluntary-
   controlled schools – Attached as Appendix 3
 Cabinet Minutes, 23 November 2009
 Cabinet Minutes, 15 February 2010
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