Hertfordshire school admission shake-up proposed

Herts County Council deputy leader Chris Hayward

Herts County Council deputy leader Chris Hayward - Credit: Archant

A rule limiting the distance children travel to secondary school is set to be changed by County Hall chiefs – but only one Times Territory school will be affected.

Education chiefs say they plan to drop the regulation, with children living outside a school’s priority area simply being prioritised.

But the move will only cover the 14 community secondary schools in Hertfordshire which set their own admission rules.

In Welwyn Hatfield and Potters Bar, only Sir Frederic Osborn will be affected.

Public consultation on these proposals will take place for eight weeks, until February 28.

For full details, and to respond to the consultation, go to www.hertsdirect.org/admissions2015

Chris Hayward, cabinet member for education, said: “We would welcome the views of parents on these proposals, which aim to ensure we continue to have clear and fair admission arrangements.

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“Parents who wish to comment on the admission arrangements for schools which set their own rules can do so through the governing bodies of those schools.”