Rule change would make school admissions ‘fairer’


A six-week consultation on plans to alter Leighton Middle School’s admission criteria begins on Monday.

Looked-after or previously looked-after children, children living in the catchment area with siblings at the school, children living in the catchment area and other children who already have siblings at the school are currently given priority admission to Leighton Middle School, in Church Square.

After that, it is pupils who have spent three years or more at a Leighton Buzzard, Linslade or Hockliffe lower schools such as Beaudesert, Clipstone Brook, Dovery Down, Greenleas, Heathwood, Leedon, Linslade, Mary Bassett, Pulfords, Southcott, St. George’s, St Leonard’s, Stanbridge and Hockliffe.

The approved Central Beds Council consultation will ask people to have their say on removing this specific admissions criterion.

If the proposals are agreed they will come into force for the 2017/18 academic year.

Member for Education and Skills, Councillor Mark Versallion said: “I would encourage everyone affected to have their say on the proposed changes.

“By removing the criterion relating to previous attendance at a lower school in the Leighton Buzzard area, the admissions criteria for Leighton Middle will be brought into line with the majority of the council’s other schools and will be fairer to new families moving into the school’s catchment area.

See from Monday to have your say.