School admissions changes in Houghton Regis and Leighton Buzzard

Some minor changes to the council’s school admissions rules have been agreed, affecting families in Houghton Regis and Leighton Buzzard.

Previously, not all of Tilia Park, in Houghton Regis, fell in the catchment area for Houghton Regis Primary School.

That’s because the housing development was built after the council’s catchment areas were drawn up. However, that’s now changed and all homes in Tilia Park will fall into the catchment area for the school in St Michaels Avenue.

Meanwhile, a change to the admission arrangements for Leighton Middle School has been approved.

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 the school in Church Square.

After that, it was pupils who had spent three years or more at certain 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.

This final criteria has now been removed, though, with the change coming into effect for the 2017/18 academic year. It brings the admission arrangements at Leighton Middle into line with the majority of the council’s other schools.

Both decisions follow six-week public consultations about the two proposed changes which took place last October and November.

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