The Council updates the admission and placement application policy


Posted on September 28, 2021

West Dunbartonshire Council has updated its admission and placement application policy to provide a fairer and clearer process for families.

Members of the Education Services Committee agreed today (Wednesday, September 22) to change the policy after receiving feedback from a range of stakeholders, including parents and caregivers following a consultation.

The update includes a review of the current criteria used to allocate places when there are more requests for places in a school than places available. The existing criteria for single parents and siblings have been broadened and other criteria have been revised to ensure that the requirement of the criteria is clear.

In addition, families who apply for a place in a denominational school and whose children have been baptized in the Roman Catholic Church will be offered a place before a child who is not baptized in the Catholic Church.

If placement requests cannot be met using the placement request criteria, a ballot will be held and parents and guardians will be invited to attend the poll.

Councilor Karen Conaghan, Education Services Officer, said, “I would like to thank everyone who participated in the consultation and for providing us with their feedback which has helped us update this important policy. We can see from the comments that the majority of people supported all the criteria and the addition of parents present in person for future polls. We are committed to supporting families wherever we can and this updated policy will ensure this is a fair process for everyone.

Councilor Ian Dickson, Vice President of Education, said: “These changes will take effect for the start of the August 2022 school year and will facilitate the process of enrolling children in the chosen school. We will do our best to accommodate all placement requests, and when we cannot support a request, we have clear guidelines in place to support families throughout the process. “

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