“There is no shortage of primary school places in Mid Beds” is the message coming from the council.
Central Beds Council has hit back at figures released by the Local Government Association (LGA) this week to highlight the issue of a shortage of school places across the UK.
More than 3,200 children are starting school this term in Mid Beds and the council says 96 per cent who applied by the closing date were allocated their first preference.
Councillor Mark Versallion, executive member for children’s services, said: “A key role for us as a council is to ensure that all our children have a place at a local school, that’s why our New School Places programme is so important to us.
“At the heart of all our work around education is a commitment to do everything we can to help our children and young people reach their potential, both academically and in terms of their personal development.”
The authority says the LGA figure for the current capacity of lower schools was 17,908, when the actual number is 22,364, as the LGA data did not include Year 5 and 6 places at the authority’s middle schools.
The council says its School Organisation Plan was produced to determine the level of mainstream school provision across Central Bedfordshire at that time and identify those areas where change may be necessary over the next five years.
The plan resulted in the council’s New Schools Places Programme which is a rolling 5 year programme of major schemes that will deliver new school places. Explansions are already planned for Alameda Middle School and Redborne Upper School in Ampthill.