petal wrote:My issue with Gruffalo Dad's suggestion is that it does not take into account families who genuinely need to move in order to accommodate a growing family.
I think there is a difference between moving in the same locality and moving way outside the locality. I know of one case of a family living in Streatham Common with their children in Belleville. Children already at the school keep their place. However, I don't think it's reasonable that in such circumstances for younger siblings to keep sibling preference. In such case, if the family doesn't want two drop-offs they can move the older child(ren) to a school local to their new address. As regards the point that there may not be sufficient places in the relevant classes available at any school local to their new address to move older children:
- That's ultimately the family's fault for not checking availability before they moved - at least as much as it is the fault of someone who moves to a "school black hole" for not checking that they will be near enough to a school to get a reception place for their child. Right now movers are advantaged relative to those who stay put.
- In general, because of "state til eight" (parents not paying for pre-prep but moving children into the independent sector at eight) and because of a fairly mobile demographic, in Wandsworth it isn't particularly difficult to get places in the older years of primary school, at least compared with reception places.
petal wrote:Perhaps the new rule would only have to apply to schools which already have small catchments.
It does not make sense to apply 800 m to all schools when Alderbrook for example accept children from further than this. Why should these parents suffer with two schools?
I don't understand the point that you are making re Alderbrook. If a school isn't oversubscribed in the first place, then the proposed rule would not matter at all. If the qualification that I suggested is added to the rule then someone whose first child was admitted to Alderbrook from beyond 800m would still have his/her second child admitted provided they hadn't moved more than 400m further away between the application for the first child and the application for the second child.