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Catchment public meetings for Poole schools

By mbarber  |  Posted: May 09, 2014

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Borough of Poole is inviting parents to a series of open meetings regarding the catchment Review Consultation, which runs until 13 June.

The council is consulting on behalf of all Primary-phase schools in Poole (except for St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School and St Mary’s Catholic Primary School) on the proposal to remove catchment areas for primary-phase schools. Catchment areas only apply when a school is oversubscribed. The consultation document and an online response form are available at boroughofpoole.com/catchmentreview.

The meetings are on 20 May at 7pm at St Aldhelm’s Academy, Herbert Avenue, Poole; 22 May at 7pm at The Junction Leisure Centre, Broadstone and on 3rd June 10am and 7pm Civic Centre, Poole.

Councillor Janet Walton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder said: "We would encourage parents to come along to a public meeting to ask any questions they may have about the consultation and find out more. Hopefully this will help people complete their response form and we look forward to welcoming people to these events."

The consultation closes on Friday 13 June.

The final decision about whether to keep catchment areas as they are or remove catchment areas for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools will be taken in September when a report on the consultation recommendation is presented to Children's Overview and Scrutiny Committee. For all other schools the decision to retain or remove catchments will be made by their Governing Bodies. No change could be made until September 2016.

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