17 January 2018

School admissions policies agreed for September 2019

School admission arrangements for September 2019 have been agreed.

At a meeting on 15 January Brighton & Hove City Council’s children, young people and skills committee considered a report on the responses to the consultation carried out during October and November on proposals for changes at both primary and secondary level for September 2019.

The committee agreed that admission numbers should be reduced by 30 at West Hove Infant (Connaught Road site), Moulsecoomb Primary and Coombe Road Primary schools. Proposed reductions at Hertford Infant and Benfield Primary schools as of 2019 will not now take place.

No changes will be made to secondary school catchment areas. Councillors arrived at this decision after considering a number of pieces of information that were not available before the consultation started. These were:

  • A majority of the responses to the consultation were against the changes that had been proposed
  • New annual pupil number projections based on data gathered in late 2017 after the consultation started point to a smaller rise in pupil numbers city-wide over the next few years than was indicated by the projections from October 2016 that informed the consultation.
  • Blatchington Mill is permanently increasing its intake by one form of entry as of September 2018
  • Varndean, Dorothy Stringer and Patcham High have confirmed to the council that they are willing to take additional students.

Committee chair Councillor Dan Chapman, said: "The position we are in now with secondary school admissions has changed very significantly since we agreed the consultation in September 2017.

“I'd like to thank the hundreds of residents, parents, teachers and governors who took part in the consultation. Their responses, combined with all the new information available to us since the consultation started, were key factors in the decisions we have taken.”