An extra class has been
created at a popular Coventry secondary school, but parents’
proposals to change the admissions policy have been rejected.
A petition was produced by
mums and dads in the catchment area for Coundon Court school calling
for action after some youngsters in the area were denied a place in
To relieve the situation an
extra form has been created at the popular school, bringing the number
of classes in year seven to ten.
But education officials have
stressed that this is a one-off to get around the current problem as
the school’s infrastructure could not cope with a permanent increase
Parents have been moving to
the area near the school in Northbrook Road to get their pupils into
the catchment area.
Some residents have produced a
petition calling for the admission to be restricted to children living
in the catchment area in the September before they were due to start
at the school.
And they have also suggested
that preference be given to children who do not live near other
These ideas were rejected out
of hand today by Cllr George Duggins, cabinet member (Education
“When we are setting
admissions policies we are not setting them just for Coundon Court,
we are setting for the city.”
Cllr Duggins said that
imposing a qualifying date of a year on children going to the school
would be “grossly unfair” and could lead to legal challenges from
estate agents, solicitors and parents.
He added that the idea of
moving children living near other, less popular schools, would also
Cllr Duggins said;
“You would get a position
where people believed that they were in the catchment area but would
be prevented from sending their children to Coundon Court because
they happen to live near another school.”
Cllr John Gazey (Con,
Bablake), who presented the petition on behalf of the concerned
disappointment that they haven’t had positive representations from
the council. We are asking for a bit of new research and a new
“We feel your officials
have said ’We’ve made this decision and the problem will go away
in a few years’.”
But Cllr Duggins said
catchment areas for the whole city were constantly under review.
“We do keep an eye on
these trends year on year and have an obligation to outline trends
in the catchment are to the board of governors.
are not set in tablets of stone with dust on for ten years.”