Final chance for your say on schools admissions

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Time is running out for parents to have their say on proposed changes to Central Bedfordshire Council’s Community and Voluntary Controlled schools admissions policy.

The changes are designed to create a level playing field for parents looking for a lower or primary school place for their children.

Currently 16 of Central Bedfordshire’s community and voluntary controlled schools prioritise admissions for children attending certain nurseries or pre-schools.

Among those are Aspley Guise Lower, Dunton VC Lower, Everton Lower, Silsoe VC Lower, and Wrestlingworth VC Lower.

As a result of recent national guidance published by the Chief Schools Adjudicator, the council’s proposal would mean that they are no long be able to do this.

The consultation on the proposed changes closes on Monday, 19 January, and parents are being urged to have their say before then.

If they are approved by the council’s Executive on Tuesday, 31 March, they will come into effect for the 2016/17 academic year.

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 local 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.”

To have your say on the consultation, visit

Meanwhile, parents have just over a week to apply for a place for children who will be starting school this year.

Applications for school places for children born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 close on Thursday, 15 January, and any received after that date will not be taken into account until all the on-time applications have been considered.

For more information and to apply, visit