Cardiff Welsh-Medium School Boundary Changes: Keep Siblings and Friends Together

Cardiff Welsh-Medium School Boundary Changes: Keep Siblings and Friends Together

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Eleri Lloyd started this petition to Cardiff Council

Cardiff Council is consulting on plans to change the boundaries of Welsh-medium primary and secondary schools in the city.

However, under current Council policy, children in areas affected by boundary changes will find themselves less likely to join older siblings at the same school and more likely to be split apart from friendship groups at their transition to secondary school.

This petition is therefore calling for the Council to update their admissions policy to ensure these children are not unfairly relegated to lower priority statuses at those schools that allow them to stay with family and friends.

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These children will see their sibling priority status either moderately reduced (in the case of primary, where they will be considered lower priority than the younger siblings of children in catchment unaffected by boundary change, but higher than other children out of catchment) or significantly reduced (in the case of secondary, where they will be considered under lower priority than all children within catchment regardless of sibling link). At over-subscribed schools there is therefore a high risk of families from these areas being separated.

Having children attend different schools is hugely difficult logistically (for drop off and pick up) and also removes shared experiences between siblings who would otherwise be part of the same school community.

Additionally, in those cases where the boundary affects not only primary but also secondary catchment, children in the affected areas will be relegated to a much lower priority status for the secondary school associated with the primary school they attend. They will simply be treated as out of catchment. They will therefore be much less likely to join their primary school cohort at secondary school - splitting them from supportive friendship groups at a time of unsettling transition.

Children living in the areas of boundary change have as much of a right to continuity and cohesion as the children from areas that are not changing catchment. We call on the Council to review its policies to ensure the boundary changes are implemented in a way that is sensitive, gradual and fair to all children.

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