The Times is reporting that one London authority is scrapping the rules granting sibling priority for places if families that have moved out of the area…
The move is described as a consequence of the growing competition for places and is said to be likely to set a precedent for other local authorities.
The report says that in most areas local authority run schools give priority to siblings of existing pupils, but Wandsworth in southwest London has decided to scrap sibling priority from September 2016. Thereafter, families who move more than 800 metres from the school will, in normal circumstances, lose their automatic entitlement to a place for younger brothers and sisters.
As we covered on this site at the time, Leeds council had intended to do the same but dropped its plans after a backlash from families with children already at school.
A spokesman for Wandsworth Council is quoted:
“A lot of people are getting school places then moving miles away, in some cases cashing in on house prices while retaining the school place. Siblings then get priority over children living closer to the school. The consultation was drawn up because parents were getting upset about this.”
At the time of the Leeds decision we ran a poll and readers came out nearly two to one in favour of the sibling getting the place.
What do you think of this decision now from Wandsworth Council?
Do you expect it to be the start of the end for the sibling rule?
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