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School admissions 2018We are aware that there will be a large numbers of families extremely disappointed this weekend to find out they haven’t gained a place at Bangor Academy.

We received an unprecedented amount of applications this year.  The final number of applications was 387 with 246 of those first choice.  

We calculate that there are over forty families from Bangor who will not gain a place in our school.

We have done everything we can as a school to request extra places from the Department of Education. We have contacted the Permanent Secretary, the Education Authority and local MLAs, all to no avail.  We have made two official requests for a Temporary Variation in numbers to accommodate the extra places but both requests have been refused.  We have made everyone aware that this situation is intolerable and, whilst the Department is operating within the policy, they are not looking at this from a local and common sense perspective.  Without an Education Minister in place, there is nobody willing to make a sensible decision in support of local families from Bangor.

It is important for you to note that this is not a school decision and we will do everything in our power to support you.

The reason the Department of Education refused our request is that there is another non-denominational (Controlled) School within a ‘reasonable distance’ which they define as follows:

‘For post primary schools the Department defines ‘reasonable travelling distance’ as a journey from home to school that can be completed each way, in total, in one hour or less and is no further than 15 miles travelling distance. Journey time will be based on travelling by public transport.’

I would encourage you to contact the School Admissions Team directly:

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:-  028 9127 9231

You may also wish to consider contacting your local MLA and they should already be aware of the issue.

I would urge all parents who are disappointed to consider making an appeal and details of this should be contained within the paperwork sent out already. The Exceptional Circumstances Body can be contacted on:

:-  028 9127 9871 

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You may also consider contacting the Permanent Secretary at the Department of Education who is aware of this issue.

I am more than happy to discuss any aspect of this with you next week and I can be contacted by on:

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:-  028 9127 0535

I will support you in any way possible.

 

Matthew Pitts