School catchment data

School intakes by school identifier and numbers of pupils accepted each year from each geographical area at the more detailed level possible (OA, LSOA, MSOA,...) whilst complying with data protection rules.

Why the contribution is important

The data can be used by apps showing parents and guardians the liklihood of children being accepted for a school - with caveats pointing to each school acceptance policy (dealing with siblings, special needs, etc).

At present schools catchment data is largely descriptive and hard to represent as raw data that can be applied consistently by applications in different areas.

by MikeSW2 on May 18, 2015 at 05:23PM

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  • Posted by Dave May 19, 2015 at 10:58

    A nice idea, but thinking from a practical point of view couldn't this be costly and time consuming for the council to collate this data at OA, LSOA or MSOA level?

    I assume that this information isn't stored in this way. so maybe it would be an idea to get the data at postcode area level B1, B2 etc. It would give app creators the ability to represent the data without causing extra overheads for the council.
  • Posted by MikeSW2 May 19, 2015 at 11:28

    In response to Dave's comment, post code is better if it can be published at that level but there may be data protection issues. Hence my suggestion to aggregate to numbers at higher levels of geography, sufficient to anonamise data. I (and others) can provide postcode to OA / LSOA / MSOA conversion if that is an issue for councils.
  • Posted by natalie May 21, 2015 at 16:06

    I really don't see the point of this. I can see its usefulness to parents but not the council. You can not replace dialogue with the school.
  • Posted by davidmchilds May 22, 2015 at 10:28

    Thanks for your comments.

    Just a small point this discussion is about how opening data to the general public could help all people in Birmingham, so if it would be useful to parents then it would be a valid idea.
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