What was the consultation about?

In recent years, we have made a considerable investment to increase denominational (Roman Catholic) school capacity to meet an increasing demand for places. Despite this, the demand for places at these schools has continued to grow to a level that can no longer be met. Because of this, there is a growing waiting list for places from Catholic pupils moving into or around the Falkirk Council area.

We are proposing that the schools Admissions Policy is changed so that RC-baptised pupils will remain entitled to enrol at their catchment denominational school, but all other pupils would be required to submit a placing request. This would ensure that spaces could be reserved for Catholic pupils where necessary.

Why did we consult?

The Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010 requires that a formal consultation is carried out with interested parties for any proposal to change our policy with respect to Placing Requests.

Who did we consult?

A consultative document detailing the proposal was sent to the parents/carers of all pupils currently attending pre-school (nursery) establishments and/or denominational schools; parent councils of all denominational schools; staff at denominational schools; elected members, community councils; Education Scotland; the Roman Catholic Church; and Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils.

Three public meetings were also held as follows:

  • St Patrick's Primary School, Denny on Tuesday 20 May at 7pm
  • St Mary's Primary School, Bo'ness on Tuesday 27 May at 7pm
  • St Mungo's High School, Falkirk on Monday 09 June at 7pm

Timetable

Opening date 06 May 2014
Closing date 27 June 2014
Planned publication of consultation report 10 October 2014
Discussion of proposal at Education Executive 11 November 2014

Consultation results

All representations submitted were forwarded to Education Scotland who submitted a Report to Council in response. The Consultation report by Education Services which details all responses, the minutes of public meetings held and a response to the main issues raised is available to view:

Schools admissions policy consultation report