School Choice

Department for Education written question – answered on 19th April 2018.

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Photo of David Simpson David Simpson Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department plans to introduce a right for parents to send their children to the same school.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

It is for admissions authorities in England to decide whether to give priority to siblings in their admissions arrangements, where the school is oversubscribed, and many schools do choose to do this. The Department expects schools to balance prioritising siblings with ensuring places are also available for other local children who do not have a sibling at the school.

The Deparment routinely reviews the English school admissions system and seeks regular feedback from stakeholders. Any changes to the School Admissions Code will require a full statutory process, including consultation and parliamentary scrutiny.

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