Proposed admissions change aims to help Leighton-Linslade schools recruit and retain teachers

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Suggested amendments to admission criteria at some Central Bedfordshire schools aims to reduce their difficulty in recuiting and retaining staff.

Central Beds Council is seeking views on the proposed changes for all Community and Voluntary Controlled (VC) schools in September 2020.

The current oversubscription criteria for most of these schools prioritises certain children, such as those who are in care and children who live in the catchment area with brothers of sisters already attending the school.

The consultation proposes to add the following to the oversubscription criteria:

> Children who appear to the Local Authority to have been in state care outside of England, but are now adopted.

> Children of staff at Greenleas School, Southcott Lower, Heathwood Lower, Dunstable Icknield Lower, Fairfield Park Lower, Thomas Johnson Lower and Shefford Lower.

Executive Member for Families, Education and Children, Cllr Steve Dixon, said: “The proposed changes will ensure that children who have been in care and then adopted are assured of a school place.

“Also, as many schools have had difficulty recruiting and retaining staff, prioritising the children of staff helps to recruit and retain high quality teachers at our schools.”

There is also a proposal to reduce the published admission number at Linslade Lower from 45 to 30. This was put forward by the school’s governing body in order to better manage class sizes and staffing.

CBC says: “We have looked at the school places available in the area and this change can be accommodated.”

Have your say at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/consultations until 5pm on 29 January 2019.

Parents can also collect a paper copy from Greenleas, Southcott and Heathwood and Linslade Lower.