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Schools: Admissions

Volume 697: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What assessment they have made of the particular difficulties of parents of twins and higher multiple birth families in gaining admission for all their children to the same primary or secondary school. [HL614]

We are aware that this can be an important issue for parents in this situation, particularly when applying for places at a primary school.

We introduced a new school admissions code in 2007. Local authorities and admission authorities must act in accordance with it. In relation to siblings at primary schools, it says that admission authorities should make sure in their oversubscription criteria that, as far as possible, siblings (including twins, triplets or children from other multiple births) can attend the same primary school, as long as they comply with the infant class-size regulations.

The code goes on to say that children at secondary school age are usually more independent, but does provide guidance for admission authorities on how to help meet parents' wishes where they wish siblings to continue to attend the same school.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What effect the 2007 school admissions code has had on twins, triplets and other multiple-birth families in obtaining admission to their first choice of school. [HL615]

We introduced a new school admissions code in 2007. Local authorities and admission authorities must act in accordance with it. The code makes schools' admission arrangements fairer and more transparent for parents. The code applies to admissions to schools from September 2008. We are therefore planning to look at what impact the code has had from 2008, and can then assess the effect on different types of families.