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PARENTS in Warrington are being encouraged to have a say on proposed changes to schools’ admissions arrangements
The borough council says the proposed changes, which would come into effect for the September 2020-21 academic year, focus on admissions of looked after children – that is children in the care of the local authority.
The Minister of State for School Standards has recently confirmed that the law relating to looked after children will soon be changing and there will be an additional requirement for all state funded schools to prioritise looked after children previously in state care outside of England.
Most schools in Warrington have decided to make this change for admissions to their school starting from September 2020.
In addition to the change to the looked after children criteria, some schools may be proposing other changes too, such as changing the admission numbers for reception classes or Year 7.
The council is now consulting on these changes, giving all parents the opportunity to share their views and provide feedback.
Cllr Jean Carter, lead member for children’s services said: “We know how important it is for parents and carers to secure a place at the right school for their child. That is why it is a really important for everyone to understand these proposed changes.
“We are always listening to the views of parents so I would encourage as many people as possible to take part in the consultation and have their say. All views will be taken on board.”
For more information and to see if schools you are interested in are proposing changes for admissions from September 2020, please visit the individual schools websites or warrington.gov.uk/consultations
The consultation will run until Thursday January 31.

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