Proposal Document: Queensbury School.
To reduce the Published Admission Number
The Trustees and Leadership Team of Queensbury School, with the full support of the Local Authority, propose to reduce the Published Admission Number (PAN) for Year 7, from 240 to 210 to take effect from 2019.
The proposed change will help the School effectively focus its learning and teaching resources to significantly improve the education offered at Queensbury. No other changes to the published admission arrangements are proposed. The change to the admission number will not affect the current students or those who choose to accept an offer for a Year 7 place in September 2018. The Trust would like to ensure that all current and future parents, and any other interested stakeholders, have the opportunity to make comments on this proposal. Information on how you can do this is detailed at the end of this document under “How to Make Your Views Known”.
The current Published Admission Number (PAN) for Queensbury is 240. Reducing the PAN will assist the Trust to provide stability in its long-term planning and allow the academy to secure high quality educational outcomes for the students currently on role, while continuing to provide an appropriate number of places for future pupil numbers in line with demand. Although the Regulations and Code of Practice relating to school admissions no longer require an admissions authority to consult when maintaining or increasing a school’s PAN, there remains a requirement to consult when the proposal is to reduce. Feversham Education Trust, as the admissions authority for Queensbury School, is seeking comments on the proposed change.
The Trust proposes to reduce the published admission number from 240 to 210 with effect from September 2019. This means that the number of places available for students in Year 7 in 2019 will be 210, as will all subsequent Year 7 cohorts. For students who already have a place at Queensbury, in other year groups, there will be no change. This is the only proposed change to the admission criteria, all other criteria, will remain the same.
How to Make Your Views Known
The consultation will run from 20th November 2017 to 13th January 2018. All stakeholders are invited to submit comments in writing about the proposal to: PAN Consultation, Queensbury School, Deanstones Lane, Queensbury, BD13 2AS or to email email@example.com
Stakeholders are deemed to be:
- Parents of children aged between 2 and 18
- All other admission authorities within the relevant area
- Bradford Education Authority
- Any adjoining neighbouring local authorities where the admission authority is the local authority
- Other persons in the local area who may have an interest in the proposed new arrangements.
The normal lead in time between beginning consultation on changing admission arrangements, as set out in the Schools Admissions Code, and determining those arrangements as final, is 17 months, which includes a six week statutory consultation (not including holidays). Following the consultation, Trustees shall apply to the Regional Schools Commissioner, on behalf of the Secretary of State, to make a decision.
Academies are their own admissions authority and must meet all the mandatory provisions of the School Admissions Code (the Code) that came into force on 19 December 2014 except where variations have been written into their funding agreement to support fair access.