ADMISSIONS CONSULTATION REPORT - 2013
The consultation document was posted on the school’s website and sent to local primary schools and secondary schools. In addition, it was sent to Bristol City Council and other Local Authorities in the area. The statutory consultation period closed on the 28th February 2012.
BFS was consulting on proposed changes to its admissions policy to take account of it now being permanently sited at its current, temporary location. When the admissions policy that governed the applications for September 2011 and 2012 was submitted and approved by the Department of Education (DfE), it seemed likely that its permanent site would be on the St Ursula’s site and the admissions policy drafted to reflect this. BFS was set up to serve the Neighbourhood Partnership Area around St Ursula’s and the new policy seeks to:
1. Ensure that the school still serves the community for which it was set up; and in which there is no secondary school
2. Ensure that students living close, to what is now the school’s permanent site, at Burghill Road, have the opportunity to gain a place.
3. Limit the number of students gaining places around the school site; to protect the admission numbers of two neighbouring schools.
A total of 43 responses were received, 41 were from individuals and 2 from local secondary schools. Of these 27 (67%) were in favour of the draft policy being adopted as it is and 16 (33%) were against it being adopted. Of those responding and in favour of the policy, a small number (2) questioned the precise location of the point from which the 80% over-subscription criteria would be measured. Of the 16 against, their reasons for being against adoption were varied:
• 7 wanted the oversubscription criteria to be more straightforward and be based solely on distance from the school site. These people tended to live fairly close to the school site.