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The Meadows Sports College
Further to a period of consultation from 2 May to 26 May 2017 and the publication of a full proposal on 26 June 2017, Sandwell Council’s Cabinet has now given approval to certain prescribed alterations at The Meadows Sports College, Dudley Road East, Oldbury, West Midlands, B69 3BU. These alterations, which will be implemented from 1 November 2017, will increase pupil capacity by up to 20 and extend the age range of the school from ages 11-19 to ages 9 -19.
This decision has been made because It allows for the facilities at The Meadows to provide education for more children at a time of population growth. It allows for the school to extend its curriculum and provide support for children approaching secondary age; It will support the transition process and enable earlier transitions and it will also allow opportunity to upskill staff and extend knowledge of a primary curriculum.
Admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools
The Local Authority (LA) has responsibility for setting the admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools. The LA has to consult when changes are proposed to these admission arrangements or if it has not consulted in the previous 7 years. The LA last consulted on its admission arrangements in 2015 and whilst it is not proposed to significantly change the oversubscription criteria for community and voluntary controlled schools, the LA has decided to consult on the 2019/20 arrangements. The proposed oversubscription criteria contains one important change to the arrangements currently in place. This relates to oversubscription criterion 6, which states that children will be prioritised by distance measured in a straight line from a child's home to the centre point of the school site.
The point of measurement has, for some years, been the school’s main entrance as agreed with Head Teachers. We propose that in line with recommended practice, this point should now be the centre point within the school site because:
- It clarifies the position in instances where schools use more than one entrance;
- It is fairer for those families who live close to a school but the entrance is located at the opposite end of the school from the home address.
Please note that for applications to Lightwoods Primary school it is proposed that children will be prioritised by distance measured in a straight line from a child's home to the centre point of the Castle Road East site.
The proposed admission arrangements are available here. They relate to the schools listed on pages 8 to 11 of the document. If you would like to view the measurement point of a particular school please contact the school in question or contact the Admissions Parent Support Line on 0121 569 6765.
Please let us know what you think by completing our response form and sending it to us by 17 November 2017