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Criteria Changes Agreed For Admission To Dorset's Junior Schools

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12:23pm 8th October 2014

Dorset families are being given higher priority when it comes to securing a place at their catchment junior school.

Increasing birth-rates and people moving into the county has meant children at infant schools aren't always able to continue on to the associated junior school.

Now the national adjudicator has agreed to change the criteria after parents and the County Council complained it was unfair.

It means children who live in the catchment area and attend Wyke Regis infant school won't miss out on a place at the junior school to someone who happens to live nearer.

Dorset County Council's Cabinet member for education Toni Coombs said "It's great that the adjudicator has supported both our, and local parents', view that the criteria should be changed. Families can feel confident that children who are in catchment for a junior school, and attend the feeder infant school, will have a higher priority than catchment children who do not have a sibling or feeder school link."

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