School places to be protected for nearest families

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CHANGED catchment areas will ensure young children in Bilton and Cawston are guaranteed a place at their nearest school.

The county council revisions, which come into effect in September 2012, are in response to Cawston Grange school being oversubscribed last year due to more children living on the new Cawston estate than anticipated.

It means that youngsters who live nearest Bawnmore infant, Bilton infant, Bilton junior, Cawston Grange primary, Henry Hinde infant and Henry Hinde junior school, will be given priority over children from other parts of Rugby.

Cllr Heather Timms, portfolio holder for Children, Young People and Families, said: “This is an excellent outcome for the children and their families in Bilton and Cawston. It was unfortunate that some were not allocated a school place locally in September owing to the exceptional circumstances in Cawston Grange.”

Rising birth rates mean Rugby is expected to need an extra 33 places over the next three years.

To solve the problem, the county council is considering plans to raise capacity in existing schools including expanding buildings, reviewing admission arrangements and converting other spaces in schools into classroom use.

Extra school places in Rugby could be created from September next year.

The council decision followed discussions between council officers and the six schools involved as well as consultation with parents and carers, Rugby Borough Council, other Local Education Authorities, parish councils, Mark Pawsey MP, and other schools in Rugby.