Parents to be consulted over plans to change sibling rule

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Postby breakfastattiffanys » Thu Sep 25, 2014 1:26 pm

The article made it into yesterday's Evening Standard

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/educatio ... rnalSearch
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Re: Parents to be consulted over plans to change sibling rul

Postby rooting4tooting » Mon Sep 29, 2014 9:27 am

We moved twice in the borough as a kid and you know what.. we moved schools three times too. Always to the most local school primary. As for secondary, it was just under 3 miles away, bus, walked or roller skated.
All this nonsense facinates me. I must be getting old
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Postby Timefortea101 » Mon Sep 29, 2014 9:54 am

I think you could say that the current sibling rules continue to apply, unless you move further away from the school than when your first child got in, and that new home is also >800m away. that solves the "gaming" issue, but doesn't penalise those who don't move further away.
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Postby pie81 » Mon Sep 29, 2014 11:13 am

I agree with that suggestion timefortea, except for the last bit "and that new home is also >800m away" - not sure that bit is needed.

Why not just say that if you move further away than where you lived when your first child got in, you lose sibling priority?
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Postby Timefortea101 » Mon Sep 29, 2014 11:36 am

because you might want to move from 200m to 300m away and I don't think you should lose sibling priority for that. 800m seems like a reasonable cut off.
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Re: Parents to be consulted over plans to change sibling rul

Postby kummily » Sat Oct 11, 2014 1:57 pm

Firstly, thanks again to Doubledaddy and JG75 for bringing this to my attention.

FWIW, I think the general principle of the proposal is sensible - ie allow for families to move to a larger/cheaper house as their family grows, but ensure that children go to their local - ie walking distance - school, and reduce the options for abusing the system.

But I do think 2 points of detail should be looked at. Firstly, 800m seems very tight. 1200m would seem more sensible to me. That's a 15 minute (adult) walk which an older sibling could certainly manage on a scooter. Local kids should be walking to local schools - it's healthier, less traffic, safer for all etc.

Also I agree with other posters who say that if the family moves away, but the original school is STILL their closest school, by walking distance, they should be able to appeal.

And also that if they haven't actually moved house (ie the catchment was wider than 800m - or my suggested 1200m - when they accepted a place for Child 1, they should be allowed to send Child 2 regardless).

But yes, will fill out the form, as this affects us all. Everyone wants a fair solution and for exceptions to be looked at, i think!
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Postby kummily » Sat Oct 11, 2014 2:12 pm

for anyone that couldn't find the link (I had to get it from another thread), here it is

http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/admissionsconsultation
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Re: Parents to be consulted over plans to change sibling rul

Postby footiemum » Wed Oct 29, 2014 8:44 pm

Hi all, don't forget the deadline for submitting comments to the council on the proposals is this Friday (31st October). Link in above post, it only takes 5 mins to complete - unless of course you have a lot of comments to make!
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