Amend the admissions oversubscription priority areas of Eldwick Primary

We are consulting on making changes to the school priority areas which have remained the same for a number of years.

The admission oversubscription priority areas were drawn originally for 2 reasons:

  • to protect children living in Eldwick having no other school within a reasonable distance to attend,
  • to enable children living in Gilstead to gain places before those in Bingley which may in some cases have been nearer by straight line distance.

Since that time a considerable number of houses have been built in the area and many are occupied by families. The child population of the area has grown and over recent years has meant that children living in Gilstead have not been able to gain places at the primary school.

The published admissions number (PAN) has been increased from 60 to 75 and building works at the school is being undertaken to eventually allow up to 525 primary aged children attend the school, this is currently up to 420.

There is still a need to protect families living in Eldwick Village as they do not have reasonable access to other available schools other than travelling to and past Eldwick Primary School.

Studies modelling the distance of homes to schools have been investigated around this area to ensure that all children could have reasonable access to primary schools.

A number of options have been explored and are detailed in the attached appendix 2.

This is therefore to gain your views and comments as part of the overall consultation.

We will also be informing the local community and other stakeholders in the area.

The consultation process will continue until 2 February 2015 after which a full analysis and report with recommendations will be made to the Executive of the Council in March 2015.

Letters of consultation are also to be sent to the schools in your primary school planning area, to parents of known Early Years children in the area, the Catholic and Church of England Diocese, the Muslim Association and other relevant bodies and Local Authorities.

Any comments or suggestions can be made on the response form which is included in the link below.

This should be forwarded to Nina Mewse at quoting changes to the priority areas at Eldwick Primary School.

Please click here to view the consultation documents regarding Eldwick Primary School. The consultation process will end on 2 February 2015.


Published: 24/11/2014
Audience: All Headteachers, School Staff and Governors
Contact: Nina Mewse

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