Council’s hasty plan to create school spaces


Extra school places are likely be created to be available in September following parents’ complaints.

Parents of some four-year-olds in Stotfold were told that their children would have to travel several miles to school because the local lower schools were full.

But the council has done an u-turn after parents protested and took the issue to the press.

Paul Smith, who lives just 300m away from Roecroft Lower School, was told that his daughter, Jessica, would have to attend Langford Lower School, which is more than five miles away.

He said: “Being so close to the school we had never imagined this would happen.”

But now Councillor Mark Versallion, executive member for children’s services, has said: “Since the allocations were announced we have been working hard with schools to look at ways of increasing the number of school places in time for the start of the new term.

“We are proposing to bring forward the planned expansion of St Mary’s Lower by a year to create 15 extra places and we will be commissioning 30 extra places at Roecroft Lower.”

Children on the waiting lists for Stotfold’s three lower schools will be subject to a reallocation process,