Three lower schools have been given the go ahead to extend their age range by Central Beds Council.
Ashton St Peters VA Lower School, Kensworth Lower School and Lancot Lower School can now cater for pupils aged 5-11.
Manshead VA Upper School, has also been given the go ahead to cater for pupils aged 11 – 19
The decision comes at the end of a period of significant consultation and is fully supported by the head teachers, governors and parents at both of the schools. The proposals and consultation process followed a strict series of guidelines set out by the Department for Education (DfE).
The age range changes will bring the schools into line with others in the area, which are moving from the current lower/middle/upper system to a primary/secondary model.
To help parents, the council has created a dedicated page on its website within the admissions section, called ‘Parental Choice’. It includes advice and support for parents to help them make a considered choice and also a short video outlining the different options and pathways available.
To access this information, go www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/admissions and click on the ‘Parental Choice in Central Bedfordshire’ tab.