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Bedford Borough Council Admission Arrangements 2017

Introduction

Following appropriate consultation, Bedford Borough Council has determined its admission arrangements for September 2017.

The determined admission arrangements are set out in the documents linked to this webpage but are summarised below.


Admissions Criteria

  • One change was agreed to the standard admissions policy for community and voluntary controlled schools for 2017.  Please follow the link to view the standard policy and the list of community and voluntary controlled schools to which the standard policy applies.  The change is in respect of the definition of siblings with the addition of the phrase "or fostered bother or sister where foster care has been arranged by a Local Authority."  This clarifies the Local Authority's position regarding siblings in accordance with the requirements of the School Admissions Code.  
  • Local Authority Schools with existing admission criteria will retain them.  In addition Renhold Lower School will have a variation for 2017.  Please follow the link to view the list of community and voluntary controlled schools with additional criteria
  • The governing bodies of voluntary aided, foundation schools and academies are their own admission authorities and, therefore, responsible for the determination of their admission arrangements which they must publish on their website.  Please follow the link to see this list of schools/academies

Admission Numbers

  • The Local Authority is only required to consult on changes to Admission Numbers where a reduction is proposed.  A reduction was agreed for 2017 in respect of Brickhill Lower School which will reduce its admission number to 30 as part of its proposed change to a primary school. 

    In addition, it has been agreed that Westfield Middle School will convert to a primary school.  As a result it will no longer have a point of entry into Year 5. 
  • Please follow the link to view the admission numbers for all community and voluntary controlled schools
  • The governing bodies of voluntary aided, foundation schools and academies are their own admission authorities and, therefore, responsible for the determination of their admission arrangements which must include details of their admission number and must be published on their website.  Please follow the link to this list of schools/academies.

 

Co-ordinated Admission Schemes

Please follow the links to:

Co-ordinated Scheme for Admissions to Upper Schools, Upper Phase Academies, Secondary Schools and Secondary Free School.

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

 

Objections to Admission Arrangements

Any objections to determined admission arrangements must be made to the Office of Schools Adjudicator by 15 May in the determination year.  Further information on how to make an objection can be obtained from the Office of the Schools Adjudicator http://www.education.gov.uk/schoolsadjudicator

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