Monday 26 June 2017

Enrolling your child in a local school should be simple, but it's an educational jungle out there

Schools are obliged to have an admissions policy but, once they don’t break the law, have carte blanche to decide what goes into it (Stock image)
Schools are obliged to have an admissions policy but, once they don’t break the law, have carte blanche to decide what goes into it (Stock image)
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

What should be a simple matter of enrolling a five-year-old in the nearest school is anything but straightforward for tens of thousands of parents every year.

Many cannot exercise what they see as their Constitutional right to choose the school for their children's education.

Other countries have sensible "catchment areas" and take all comers from the locality. We have a bewildering patchwork of parish schools, others that cross parish boundaries and many where enrolment policies seem to be based primarily on religious affiliation. For some parents, it's a case of the law of the educational jungle.

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