Central Beds school admissions consultation

Central Beds Council
Central Beds Council

Parents are being consulted over which lower school’s catchment area a neighbourhood should be placed in.

Central Bedfordshire Council is consulting residents on proposed changes to its school admissions policy.

Among the questions asked is whether Warren Farm should be included in the catchment area of Russell Lower School, in Ampthill, rather than The Firs Lower School, as it is now.

There are 58 community and voluntary schools in Central Bedfordshire, 55 of which are lower and primary schools.

Of these, 16 prioritise admissions for children attending certain nurseries or pre-schools. However, the proposed changes mean that schools would no longer be able to do this, in response to recent decisions by the national schools adjudicator.

The changes will affect some voluntary controlled and community schools and will be introduced for the 2016/17 academic year if approved by the council’s Executive on Tuesday, 10 February, 2015.

Councillor Mark Versallion, Executive Member for Children’s Services, said: “We have some excellent schools across Central Bedfordshire and we want to make sure that all children have the same chance of attending them regardless of childcare decisions their parents make prior to compulsory school age.

“I would encourage all parents of children who could be affected by these proposed changes to have their say. Feedback is very important to us, and all views will be carefully considered before we make any decisions.”

The consultation runs until Monday, January 19, 2015. Have your say at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/consultations