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2018 Consultation

School Admission Arrangements - September 2018

Introduction

Bedford Borough Council is consulting on its proposed admission arrangements for September 2018.  The Council is not required to consult on its admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools, nor its co-ordinated schemes for admission for the next seven years, unless any changes are proposed to those arrangements.  

The proposed admission arrangements are set in the documents linked to this webpage.


Admissions Criteria

  • No changes are proposed to the standard admissions policy for community and voluntary controlled schools for 2018.  Please follow the link to view the standard policy and the list of community and voluntary controlled schools to which the standard policy applies
  • Local Authority Schools with existing admission criteria will retain them.  In addition Scott Primary School has included a variation for 2018.  Please follow the link to view the list of community and voluntary controlled schools with additional criteria. 
  • As a result of significant housing developments in and around Shortstown, catchment area changes are proposed which will effect three schools in the area, namely Cople Lower School, Cotton End Primary School and Shortstown Primary School.

    Currently in rural areas, catchment areas tend to coincide with parish boundaries.  Where a parish contains more than one school the options are to define a catchment area for each school or have a joint catchment area.  Currently Cotton End Primary School and Shortstown Primary School each have individual catchment areas within the parish of Eastcotts.

    The housing developments in the area are mostly within the parish of Eastcotts but will overlap into the parish of Cardington, however, there is no vehicular access from this development to the village of Cardington.

    As a result the proposal is for the parish of Eastcotts to be a joint catchment area of Cotton End Primary School or Shortstown Primary School and in addition this catchment area will include that part of the housing development that overlaps into the parish of Cardington. 
  • If any foundation, trust or voluntary aided schools or academies are proposing any changes to their admissions criteria, those changes will be published on the individual school / academy website. 

Admission Numbers

  • The Local Authority is only required to consult on changes to Admission Numbers where a reduction is proposed.  No reductions are proposed for 2018. 
  • Please follow the link to view the admission numbers for all community and voluntary controlled schools.
  • If any foundation, trust or voluntary aided schools or academies are proposing any changes those changes will be published on the individual school / academy website.

 

Co-ordinated Admission Schemes

There are no changes to the co-ordinated schemes for admissions apart from the relevant dates and phases of education.

Co-Ordinated Scheme for Admissions to Upper Schools, Upper Phase Academies, Secondary Schools and Secondary Free Schools

Co-Ordinated Scheme for Admissions to Middle, Primary, Lower Schools and Middle and Lower Phase Academies


Other

No changes are proposed to the catchment areas or the relevant area for admissions. The relevant area will continue to cover the administrative area of Bedford Borough Council.


Who will be consulted?

  • the governing bodies of all community and voluntary controlled schools
  • the governing bodies of all voluntary aided schools
  • the governing bodies of all foundation / trust schools
  • all Academies
  • all neighbouring local authorities
  • parents (through access to our website and local schools)
  • local community and voluntary groups (through access to our website)

 

How to respond

Please follow the link to the response form.  The closing date for responses is 12noon 16 December 2016.

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