School space is cause of anger

L13-1155   30/9/13   MPLO'Opening of Greenleas School in Kestrel Way, Leighton Buzzard.'Head teacher, Mrs Katie Garricques.'wk 40 SS JX ENGPNL00120130930172411
L13-1155 30/9/13 MPLO'Opening of Greenleas School in Kestrel Way, Leighton Buzzard.'Head teacher, Mrs Katie Garricques.'wk 40 SS JX ENGPNL00120130930172411
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The amount of school places available for children in Sandhills and Billington Park is severely lacking, according to parents.

At a meeting of the Southern Estates Residents Group on October 1, parents aired their frustrations at a shortfall in places available at Greenleas School, Kestrel Way, with several having to make journeys across town to take their children to school.

Jessica Spelta told the LBO that she has been unable to enrol her son at Greenleas pre-school, despite being on the waiting list for more than a year.

She said: “All this delay has become apparently due to being completely oversubscribed with so many homes still being built and so many children living on the estate.

“The pre-school, nursery and school needs to be doubled in size due to the amount of families living and still moving here.

“Surely someone in the planning department for Central Beds Councilis responsible for this lack of foresight.”

Town councillor and CBC deputy executive member for children’s services and community services, Amanda Dodwell, said: “The demand for places across the whole of Leighton Buzzard for September 2015 is unprecedented, with a potential shortfall of 60 reception year places.

“Central Beds Council are working with a number of local schools within the catchment area for Sandhills and Billington Park to ensure that there are places for all children next year.

“And whilst there isn’t any scope to increase the intake at Greenleas School, Kestrel Way, those who are offered a place at one of the other catchment schools can be confident that their children are in no way getting ‘second best’.”

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