A TOP-LEVEL pledge has been made to parents after changes in school admission rules.
Parents are being told their children can no longer be sure of a place at their nearest school.
The change is being made after a test case against Rotherham Council.
It means councils do not have to guarantee children a place at the school in the catchment area where they live.
But Clr John Smithson, Kirklees Council's Cabinet member for education, pledged that local places in local schools would remain a top priority, wherever possible.
He said he did not anticipate major problems with the enforced change.
"Every effort will continue to be made to meet parental choice for where their children go to school," he said.
"I am convinced we will be able to meet parental choice in all but a small number of cases."
Clr Smithson added that the judgement would help schools to plan more effectively.
"At present, schools cannot be sure of the numbers who will be starting until the first day of the September term," he said. "There is a number of instances when extra students arriving unannounced have caused serious difficulties for the school in planning and timetabling the curriculum. This sort of thing will be prevented with this new scheme."
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