Consultation on school admission arrangements 2020/21
This consultation closed on 7 January 2019 - any responses submitted after this date will not be considered. Thank you to all those who responded.
What happens Next?
Consideration of all feedback from stakeholders together with all other material considerations will inform the final report to be presented to Cabinet in February 2019.
All admission authorities must determine their final admission arrangements for 2020/21 by no later 28 February 2019. The Council's Cabinet will make the final decision on our arrangements in February 2019 and our arrangements will be published shortly after that date.
What we consulted on
We wanted to know what you think about our proposed admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled (VC) primary and secondary schools for the academic year 2020/21.
The proposed arrangements are set out below.
Proposed reduction in the Published Admission Numbers (PANs) for Tiverton and Welbourne Primary Schools
When planning primary school places, the borough is split into five planning areas. Tiverton Primary School sits within planning area 3 and Welbourne Primary School in planning area 4. Following many years of rising demand due to the growth in Haringey’s population, the council are now in a position of needing to reduce capacity as a result of flattening birth rates and a higher than projected increase in people leaving the area. This has contributed to a higher than necessary level of surplus places in some educational planning areas, where supply is predicted to outstrip demand.
Planning areas 3 and 4 in which these schools are located indicate the most significant surplus of places. Current school roll projections for planning area 3 (where Tiverton is located) suggest a surplus of school places of between 1-2 forms of entry between now and 2026/27. Current school roll projections for planning area 4 (where Welbourne is located) suggest a surplus of school places of between 3-4 forms of entry between now and 2021/22.
Information about Tiverton Primary School
Tiverton Primary is a community school located at Pulford Road, N15 6SP and sits within planning area 3. The school normally admits two classes (60 Reception pupils) per year. However, due to a decrease in the demand for school places, we are proposing to reduce the school’s PAN to 30 for the 2020/21 academic year.
Information about Welbourne Primary School
Welbourne Primary is a community school located at Stainby Road, N15 4EA and sits within planning area 4. The school normally admits three classes (90 Reception pupils) per year. However, due to a decrease in the demand for school places, we are proposing to reduce the school’s PAN to 60 for the 2020/21 academic year.
Why are we proposing to reduce the PANs of Tiverton and Welbourne Primary Schools?
A large portion of funding received by schools is directly related to the number of pupils attending the school. Too many vacancies in schools mean that schools will not receive the maximum revenue possible. Schools running class sizes below 24 pupils may become financially unsustainable in the long-term as they may not be able to fund a classroom teacher. We are proposing to reduce the number of available places to enable the schools to operate more efficiently and cost effectively.
This change seeks to assist the school governing bodies to plan for long-term stability, a consistent structure and a sustainable financial position, providing a secure foundation for high quality educational outcomes for all pupils.
Will there be sufficient places?
A decrease in demand for Reception places has been an ongoing trend across many London authorities, including neighbouring boroughs and is forecasted to continue over the next few years. Due to the number of vacancies in Reception at the beginning of the 2018/19 academic year in each school, we expect sufficient places to still be available for local children if the PANs are reduced.
What happens if there is an increase in demand?
We will closely monitor the number of applications received. In the event there is an increase in demand for primary school places and additional places are required, Tiverton and Welbourne Primary Schools will revert to their original PAN.
Are you proposing to make any other changes to the admission arrangements for community schools for 2020/21?
No, we are not proposing any other changes to the admission arrangements i.e. the admissions criteria for 2020/21 academic year. This was previously consulted on between October and December 2017 and was agreed by the council’s Cabinet Committee in February 2018. We still welcome any comments or views on our proposed admission arrangements for 2021/21.
When are you proposing to reduce the PANs?
Subject to the outcome of the consultation and subsequent approval if it is determined that the changes will go ahead, the proposed changes will come into effect from September 2020.
Consultation on school admission arrangements - own admitting authority schools
The following schools are also consulting on their proposed admission arrangements for the academic year 2020/21:
- Eden Primary School (PDF, 208KB)
- Holy Trinity CE Primary School (PDF, 849KB)
- St Ann's CE Primary School (PDF, 800KB)
- St Michael's CE Primary School N22 (PDF, 921KB)
- St Paul's Catholic Primary School (PDF, 342 KB)
- St Peter in Chains RC Infant School (PDF, 236KB)
- Admission arrangements for 2020/21 - consultation document (PDF, 4MB)
- Admission arrangements for 2020/21 - questionnaire only (PDF, 73KB)
- Section 1 -Nursery (PDF, 22KB)
- Section 2 - Reception and Junior (PDF, 72KB)
- Section 3 - Secondary (PDF, 44KB)
- Section 4 - In-year scheme (PDF, 40KB)
- Section 5 - In-year fair access (PDF, 74KB)
- Section 6 - Sixth Form (PDF, 52 KB)