PARENTS fighting to send brothers and sisters to the same school have suffered a setback.
Education chiefs have sidelined proposals to introduce a Super Priority Area scheme in Warwick. The aim of the scheme was to improve the admissions arrangements in urban catchment areas where demand for places was high and where there were more than five schools in a two mile radius.
But following a public consultation Warwickshire County Council’s Cabinet has decided to retain current primary school admission arrangements for the 2015/16 academic year.
It follows concerns raised by a number of Warwick schools and parents fearing the changes could mean children living within their school’s catchment area could miss out on a place at their local school and have to travel further.
The proposals also took into account concerns raised by parents of children from outside of a priority area who were unable to place siblings at the same school.
County schools spokeswoman Coun Heather Timms said: “We have considered the responses from parents and schools very carefully and it is clear that further work is needed to assess the viability of such a significant change.
“From a very early stage in the consultation process, it was made clear that we would not be able to proceed without the full support of those schools that would be in the proposed super priority area, the consultation has revealed that we do not have that support at this stage
“We have taken on board the positive responses to the principle of siblings attending the same school and we will analyse data this year’s primary admissions to monitor the effectiveness of the current system and the viability of super priority areas. We have also agreed to consult again next year for a super priority area in Warwick and Leamington for admission arrangements for September 2016.”
The council is expected to consider a further report on the matter in September.