• Petitioning John O'Dowd MLA

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Minister for Education
John O'Dowd MLA

Change Primary Schools Admissions Criteria

    1. Fiona MacBroom
    2. Petition by

      Fiona MacBroom

      Bangor, United Kingdom

We urge that legal changes be made to primary schools’ admissions criteria for P1 enrolment, to prevent the predicament in which many families find themselves due to the current system. Unfortunately we have many situations where children are being denied admission to their local school and instead are being forced to travel miles to attend schools in different towns. This affects children's socialization of not having classmates in their community; it negatively impacts on the environment due to increased fuel consumption; and it causes loss of productivity. This is mainly due to schools not having proximity from child's home to school as one of the main admissions criteria, which is what would make the system fair. To ensure the admissions criteria is fair for everyone, the following needs to come first, or second, if there is currently a sibling attending the school, on the admissions criteria:

Proximity from a child’s home to school.

To:
John O'Dowd MLA, Minister for Education
Change Primary Schools Admissions Criteria

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. News Coverage

      Fiona MacBroom
      Petition organiser

      County Down Spectator (Bangor edition) and Belfast Telegraph have published articles today, 15th August, regarding the Petition.

    3. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Tracey Stirling BANGOR, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 7 months ago

      It ensures that the admissions policy is fair and simpler for all parents and children

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    • Lorraine Davidson BELFAST, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      This is very important these are ongoing issues that happen year after year. Last year my granddaughter didn't get into her closest primary school and has to pass 2 primary schools on route to her school. Her mother doesn't drive so she walks my granddaughter which is a 35 min walk and not pleasant in the winter

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    • Carol Calder BELFAST, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      Not all parents have cars and young children cannot walk long distances

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    • elizabeth Templeton BANGOR, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      MY GRANDCHILDREN.

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    • Joan Dales BANGOR, NORTHERN IRELAND. UK, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      Too late for my children & grandchildrenbut I feel it is imperative these young children go to the school nearest to their home.

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