Secondary school admissions in Bath should be reorganised to give more weight to where pupils live, according to Lib Dem Councillors. At a hearing of the Council’s Children and Young People committee on Tuesday (15 May), opposition Councillors argued that the current system gives “an illusion of choice” whilst penalising some families.
Lib Dem Group Leader, Councillor Dine Romero (Southdown) said:
“The nature of schools in Bath does not give parents a real choice. All the secondary schools in Bath are lumped together under a single catchment, but not all schools are available to all pupils.
“Despite the illusion of choice, the reality is that most pupils can only pick from three or four schools and may end up being allocated a place far from their home. This needs to change.
“I have suggested dividing Bath into separate catchments for the three co-educational, non-Catholic schools and continuing with the current system for the single-sex schools and St Gregory’s.
“This would be much fairer and give children a better chance of attending a local school.”
Councillor Paul Crossley (Southdown) commented:
“The closure of Bath Community Academy at the end of this school year has created a completely unfair situation for local families whose children would have gone to BCA.
“Some children have been allocated places at St Mark’s, on the opposite side of the city. This will have a huge impact on families and the city in terms of cost, time, traffic congestion and pollution.
“The blame for this situation can be firmly laid at the feet of the Conservative administration which failed to fight to save BCA and is failing local families.”
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