LILLEY WANTS COUNTY RESPONSE TO SCHOOL PLACES SHORTAGE
Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, is seeking a meeting with Hertfordshire County Council education chiefs to discuss the ongoing problem of secondary school transfers in Harpenden.
He said: “Once again, many parents and pupils are being put through a period of painful uncertainty because Harpenden schools are over subscribed. It is clear from my postbag and constituency surgeries that moving a child from primary to secondary school continues to be a trying and stressful experience for far too many parents and pupils.
“In previous years, virtually everyone has eventually been found a place in one of their chosen schools after the appeals and continuing interest process has been completed. There is every chance that the same will be true this year.
“But it would save a huge amount of pain and anguish if parents could be spared this prolonged period of uncertainty.
“Although in the past we have been unable to find a way to avoid the problems associated with secondary transfer, I want to meet county education officials to try once more to find a solution for the future.
“I know the Council is constrained by national laws which restrict its ability to create spare places before the allocation begins. But if need be we will have to ask Ministers to alter the rules.”
Further information from John Allen