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