06 February 2007
See The Argus stories:
Rebel councillor explains stance that led to sacking and
Heads question school catchment plans.
09 January 2007
See The Argus story: 66 'lost' children fuel school admission row.
08 January 2007
Over 300 parents, children, teachers and councillors braved terrible weather to witness the handing over of a 3,200+ petition saying 'No to the SAR'
From Patcham, Portslade, Westdene, Withdean, Coldean, Moulsecoomb, Bevendean, Preston Park and Coombe Road families brought their banners and listened to Cate Miller make a passionate speech urging the Council to 'think again. Change should only happen if it benefits all parts of our city, not just a vocal few.'
The atmosphere was upbeat as people realised the strength of feeling across the Brighton and Hove. Councillors who attended listened to the concerns of parents, and how the proposals would affect their communities.
One family from Portslade had found out only 2 days before and were devasted by the news. Schools 4 communities vows to continue campaigning to ensure all parents understand how the proposals will affect them.
A map of the council's proposed catchment areas can be viewed at www.theargus.co.uk.
15 November 2006
On 6th November 06 Children Families and Schools Committee (CFS) adopted the proposals of the Secondary Admissions Review Working Group. However they also agreed to reconsider some aspects of the proposals and to perform consultation with schools before agreeing a final set of proposals in January 2007 [NB date now changed to 02 February]. See CFS Adopts Proposals. The first children affected will be those who transfer to secondary school in September 2008.
These proposals deliver an element of social justice into the secondary school system in Brighton and Hove through ensuring a comprehensive intake of pupils into most schools. However there are several issues which give cause for concern. These concerns cover:
- Several aspects of the new admissions process and process and its implementation. See Issues with Proposals
- Why a simple alternative, which could also have delivered a comprehensive intake of pupils into all schools was not considered or modeled by the Working group. This alternative would have resulted in minimal change from the existing distance based system. See Simple Alternative
Which catchment are you in [download in PDF format]:
The shortcut to much of the paperwork used by the Working Group and the record of the decision list (and at some point the minutes) is at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk.