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Our consultation on proposed changes to the Council’s Admissions and Placing Request Policy, for placing requests for primary and secondary schools which opened on 16 March 2020 was due to close in May 2020 but due to the impact of Coronavirus on the process the consultation period has been extended.  If you have already participated in the consultation this has been recorded and you are not required to resubmit details.

Most pupils attend their catchment school and most schools are not oversubscribed.  Therefore, the proposed changes will not affect most pupils or schools.  The limited changes relate to ensuring that where there are more requests for a school place, than places available within the school, places are awarded using appropriate priority.

In accordance with the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010 we are seeking views from members of the community, interest groups and parents on amendments to the  Admissions and Placing Request Policy,  which include the following proposals:

  1. Changes to the current placing request criteria for primary and secondary schools.
  2. Clarity on ballot process (where places are oversubscribed).
  3. Amendment to the policy to provide clarification on documentation required to provide proof of residency.

There are a number of ways you can get involved:

A summary of the current criteria and the proposed criteria are available in the Further information on proposals document  (PDF 288KB)

Further information on the proposed changes and how to participate in the consultation is contained within the Proposal Paper.  Please refer to the consultation time line below to see changes to dates within the proposal paper and details below of how to contact us

Online Public Consultation Meeting 

The public meeting provides an opportunity for interested parties to hear more about the proposal, ask questions about the proposal and have their views recorded so that they could be taken into account as part of the consultation process.  The meetings will be held virtually on Zoom and you should ensure you are able to access Zoom from your device.  The maximum number of participants at each online session is 20 and you need to reserve a place at the session. 

Wednesday 3 March 2021

2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. or 6.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.

Tuesday 16 March 2021

2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. or 7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.

Participants will be issued with the joining details for the online meeting prior to the meeting date.  To make sure all issues are covered and everyone gets the opportunity to contribute to the discussion, we request advance notice of specific questions or issues that individuals would like to raise at the meeting.  Advance questions will be accepted in writing or by email, when submitted 2 days in advance of the meeting.  Individuals should let us how the proposal would affect them and their family and whether they would like to be named at the meeting as asking the particular question submitted, and Officers of the Council will be present to discuss the proposal.

To reserve a place either send an email to  or contact us by telephone on 01389 776990.  Remember to tell us the date/time of the session you wish to attend and your contact details.  The sessions available are outlined below, and further sessions may be arranged dependent on interest.  (Note you only attend 1 session and not all sessions).

Consultation Timeline

Due to the extended consultation period the initial consultation timeline has been updated as follows:

  • 16 March 2020 - Start of consultation process       
  • Public Consultation Meetings (Online) – media platform zoom
    • Wednesday 3 March 2021 - 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. or 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
    • Tuesday 16 March 2021 - 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. or 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
  • 31 March 2021 - End of Consultation Period
  • 26 April 2021 - Information to Education Scotland
  • June (3 weeks) - Consultation Report published
  • 2 September 2021 - Report to Educational Services Committee
  • Implementation Date - Any policy change would not effect placing requests/school admissions for the August 2021 intake but would be effective for placing requests/schools admissions for the academic session 2022-2023.

Contact us

By email:

In writing:

Laura Mason
Chief Education Officer
West Dunbartonshire Council
16 Church Street
G82 1QL

By phone:

01389 776990

You may wish to put your view forward on an individual basis rather than participating in the online public meeting or you may have some questions you want to ask.  If you call the number above and leave your contact telephone number an officer from education will contact you.

This consultation closed
Wed 31 March 2021 11:59 PM