Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Written Parliamentary Question (WPQ)
    Date of Answer: 20.03.2007
    Column References: 458 c780-1W
    Member Tabling Question: Lilley, Peter
    Topic: Schools: Admissions
    Question: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether under the Schools admission code of practice local authorities can give precedence in the waiting list to pupils who have not been allocated a place at a ranked school over those who have been allocated a place at one of their ranked schools.
    Answering Department: Dept for Education and Skills
    Member Answering Question: Knight, Jim
    Answer: Where a school maintains a waiting list, a child’s position on that list can be determined only by how well he or she meets the school’s published oversubscription criteria compared to others on the list. Any other information, such as other parental preferences, may not be taken in to account. The new school admissions code also states that a child cannot be given priority on a waiting list based on the date that his or her application was received or his or her name was added to the list.The only children who may be given precedence over those on a waiting list are those who are the subject of a direction by the local authority to admit or those admitted in accordance with an in-year fair access protocol.
    Question Number: 128857