Four schools in or near Dunstable have been given the go-ahead by Central Beds Council to extend their pupil age ranges.
The changes come into force in September, 2014.
At three lower schools, Ashton St Peter’s VA Lower and Lancot Lower, in Dunstable, and Kensworth Lower, the leaving age will be 11.
Dunstable’s Manshead VA Upper School will cater for pupils aged 11-19.
Approval was given by executive councillor Mark Versallion.