Consultation on admission arrangements

Consultation on a proposed reduction in the published admission number (PAN) for St Margaret's Primary School and Greenhill Primary School with effect from September 2024

The Governors of St. Margaret's Primary and Greenhill Primary are consulting on proposals to reduce their published admission number with effect from 1st September 2024. Please can you arrange for the information to be shared with any parents, carers and external stakeholders who may be interested in the changes to the policy. The consultation period will run from 21 November 2022 to 16 January 2023. Any comments received during this period will be considered by the Governors. All comments are to be sent to the Local Authority at or directly to the school.

The Schools Admissions Code 2021 sets out a requirement for all Admission Authorities to undertake statutory consultation where they propose a reduction to the Published Admission Number (PAN) of a school. The purpose of consultation is to ensure transparency and openness on the contents of a proposal and allow parents, carers and other interested stakeholders to make a representation that will be considered as part of the determination of the proposal. The current Published Admission Number (PAN) for St Margaret's Primary School and Greenhill Primary School is 35. Reducing the PAN at both schools will assist the school's Governing Body to provide stability in its long-term planning and allow the school to continue to secure high quality educational outcomes for the students currently on roll, while continuing to provide an appropriate number of places for future pupil numbers in-line with demand.

Representations and recommendations from the consultation exercise will be considered before making any decisions on the proposals.

St. Margaret's Primary School and Greenhill Primary School propose to reduce the published admission number of the schools from 35 to 30 for Reception Year with effect from September 2024 onwards. This means that the number of places available for children in Year R in 2024 - and all subsequent Year R cohorts will be 30.

This is the only proposed change, the oversubscription criteria will remain the same, which is:

Children with Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health & Care Plan will be given a place at the school named on their EHCP.

When schools are oversubscribed, priority for allocation of places will be as follows:

  • Children in public care (Looked After Children) and previously looked after children.
  • Children who will have an older brother or sister in the school in September 2023. For this purpose, a brother or sister may be a full or step-brother or a full or step-sister, living at the same address, at the time of admission.
  • Other children

If there is over-subscription in any category, places will be offered using a straight line distance measurement from home to school. The distance will be measured using the Local Authority's computerised mapping system, which measures from the address point of the home property to the address point of the school as defined by Bury Council's LLPG (Local Land and Property Gazetteer). Where the final place in a year group can be taken by two or more children living an equal distance from the school, (for example two children living in the same block of flats) the Local Authority will then use random allocation to decide which of the children can be offered a place.

Who are we consulting with

We are seeking views from:

  1. Parents in our borough who have children between the ages of two and eighteen
  2. Other persons in our borough who the Local Authority believes will have an interest in the proposed admissions
  3. All other admission authorities within the borough
  4. Governing bodies in the borough (who are not admission authorities)
  5. Our adjoining orneighbouring local authorities where the admission authority
  6. The bodies representing the religions/religious denomination of the faith schools in our borough
Consultation timetable
21 November 2022Consultation opens
16 January 2023End of consultation period and deadline for submitting responses to the local authority
Week commencing 16 January 2023Analysis of consultation representations and preparation of information to be considered by the local authority
28 February 2023Formal determination of admission arrangements
15 March 2023Publication of determined admission arrangements

How to respond

This consultation will run from Monday 21 November 2022 to Monday 16 January 2023 (a period of six term time weeks). You are invited to submit responses about the proposal above to the Local Authority by:

Responses must be received no later than 5pm on Monday 16 January 2023. Responses received after this time and date may not be considered.