Schools catchment areas consultation begins
A consultation begins on Friday 2 December on plans to make some changes to catchment areas for a small number of borough schools.
School catchment areas have not changed since 2008 and these now need reviewing to reflect that many schools in the borough have been rebuilt or remodelled and that many new homes are being built the borough.
The Council now needs to look carefully at some school catchment areas to make sure enough school places can be provided locally to meet the growing population of school aged children.
The proposals would affect the following schools only:
• Lilleshall residents would have priority for Lilleshall Primary School catchment area
• Muxton residents would have priority for Muxton Primary School catchment area
• Priority for schools in Newport catchment would be given to residents of Newport and the villages of Cherrington, Church Aston, Edgmond, Howle, Lilleshall, Sambrook and Tibberton
• Lilleshall residents would remain in the catchment for Burton Borough School
• The catchment area for Telford Priory School would be extended to include Muxton residents who would no longer be in the catchment for Burton Borough School
• Lawley would have a shared catchment area with Ercall Wood Technology College and Telford Langley School
Under the proposals, parents, just as they can now, will still be able to apply for places at any school in the borough. However, when considering school places, priority will be given to pupils from within a school’s catchment areas.
The consultation runs from 2 December until 27 January and people can have their say www.telford.gov.uk/schoolcatchmentareas
Cllr Gilly Reynolds, cabinet member for education, employment and regeneration, said: “I hope that people will give us their views on these proposals and how it would affect them to help councillors take a decision early next year.
“The Council must review school catchment areas and this is particularly needed to take account of the changes made to many of our schools, following the £200m Building Schools for the Future programme in the borough, which has rebuilt or remodelled every secondary school.
“We must also review these catchment areas to take account of changes in the borough’s population now and its forecast growth in the future.”
Any changes to school catchment areas are proposed to be made from September 2018.