School wins bid for more pupils

PUBLISHED: 07:54 03 July 2007 | UPDATED: 11:14 24 May 2010

A GOVERNMENT adjudicator has upheld an objection by governors on admission numbers to a Congresbury School. Governors at Glebe Infant School appealed to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator following a decision by North Somerset Council to lower the Plan

A GOVERNMENT adjudicator has upheld an objection by governors on admission numbers to a Congresbury School.Governors at Glebe Infant School appealed to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator following a decision by North Somerset Council to lower the Planned Admission Number (PAN) for 2008/9.The governors argued that their PAN was lower than its capacity and would lead to the school being unable to admit 'a small but significant number of local children.'A statement from the Office of the Schools Adjudicator said: "The adjudicator upheld the objection saying he accepted that although the council's projections were made in good faith, it was clear that it had understated the actual and likely demand for places at the school."North Somerset Council now accepts that the number of children anticipated to be admitted to the school was likely to be greater than when the PAN was agreed and that it was highly undesirable for young local children to be denied a place in a school serving their village or community.

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