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Schools: Admissions

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for what reason the words in paragraph 1.65(d) of the School Admissions Code requiring parents' preferences for the school of their choice to be met to the maximum extent possible have been removed from the revised Code. (247030)

We have taken the opportunity afforded by the revised code to remove areas of duplication in the text and therefore to improve clarity for admission authorities. The right of parents to apply for any school they want their child to attend and the duty on admission authorities to ensure that their preferences are met to the fullest possible extent are enshrined in section 86 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. The requirement to offer a place, where one is available and where such an offer would not prejudice the provision of efficient education or the use of resources, at the school that is the parents’ highest preference is fundamental to the system and is reflected throughout the code and regulations, for example at paragraphs 1.37, 1.42 and 3.15(d).