IGS consults on slight catchment expansion


Ilkley Grammar School have opened a consultation to seek views on a proposed slight expansion of the Priority 2 catchment area for admissions from September 2022.


The proposed change involves extending the Priority 2 boundary further within Menston and the LS29 area in order not to disadvantage the one residential street currently not included. It will also serve to future proof and protect the catchment in the eventuality of further developments of a very small area which may in time erect dwellings. There are no changes to the defined Priority 1 catchment area.


Headteacher Carly Purnell said: “Last year, following consultation, we expanded our Priority 2 catchment area to include High Royds Estate in Menston for admissions from September 2021. Inadvertently, this has resulted in Moorlands Crescent currently being the only street in Menston which is not included within the Priority 2 boundary. Given that children who live on Moorlands Crescent are most likely to attend Menston Primary, a Bradford school and a main ‘feeder’ primary for Ilkley Grammar School, the governors would now like to adjust the boundary for the Priority 2 catchment to include this residential street. Under the proposal, this would mean that children living on Moorlands Crescent would have an increased chance of securing a place at Ilkley Grammar School under the same criteria as all of their Menston friends, as they would live within the school’s defined Priority 2 catchment area, rather than, as is currently the case, be dealt with as out-of-area applicants.


“Bradford Metropolitan District Council and Leeds MDC have confirmed this anomaly, and have also highlighted the need to consider one other point for the sake of geographical consistency. Currently there is one further small area, covering Guiseley Road and High Royds Hall, which does not currently have any housing and could reasonably be included within our Menston boundary given its location. Should any development go ahead, these houses would then sit outside of our current Priority 2 catchment area. To avoid a further consultation, we are therefore including this area in our proposal, along with Moorlands Crescent, in order to achieve consistency and parity and to ensure that Menston is included in its entirety.”


Consultation closes on Friday 8th January 2021. Following an analysis of the responses, a report will then be presented to the governors of the academy for a decision to be made to proceed or not.


Any comments or suggestions can be made by email to consultation@ilkleygs.co.uk, if you wish to send a response by post, please send it to Ilkley Grammar School, Cowpasture Road, Ilkley, LS29 8TR.

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