PRIORITY areas for secondary schools could be scrapped, giving parents the chance to send their children to any Island secondary school, under a consultation launched by the Isle of Wight Council.
The consultation will look at admissions for the 2015/16 school year, including the impact any changes may have on the council's transport to school policy.
It will also consider the new Free School and Studio School, in Ventnor and East Cowes, due to open their doors next September.
Proposals include; no change at all to existing arrangements, creation of a priority area — or catchment area — for the free school or abandonment of all priority areas which would affect some pupils' entitlement to free transport to school.
The council's current policy gives free transport when the child attends their nearest school and it is over three miles away from their home.
Parents of children in Year 5 currently are first affected but families with children aged from two to 18 are being asked to have a say in the consultation.
Cabinet member for children’s services, Cllr Richard Priest, said: "We would strongly urge parents to take part in this important consultation.
"It will play a helpful part towards determining our finalised school admission arrangements for 2015/2016."
The consultation — which by law must be completed by April 15 next year — runs until February 14, 2014 and results will be available from March.
For more information and to have a say, visit: www.iwight.com/Residents/Schools-and-learning/School-Admissions/Admissions-Consultation-2015