Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, today welcomed the news that many more children from local villages in the Harpenden area will now get a place at one of their ranked schools. This is a result of the creation of an extra class at St John Lawes School in Harpenden by Hertfordshire County Council and the normal ?continuing interest? process. Mr. Lilley also emphasised the need to reach a long-term solution by creating extra places in Harpenden schools.

    Peter Lilley said:

    “I welcome Robert Gordon?s announcement yesterday that children from villages in the Harpenden area, who were initially not allocated a place at one of their ranked schools, have now been offered places. This is a result of places being reallocated at St George?s through the ?continuing interest? process and the creation of an additional class of 30 pupils at Sir John Laws School. A few places have also become available for Wheathampstead and Redbourn children at St Albans Girls? School and Verulam School.

    “There are still a number of children from the villages who have yet to be offered places within their priority area, but I hope that further places will become available through the continuing interest and appeal process. I shall continue to work with local schools and with Robert Gordon from the County Council to ensure a satisfactory outcome for everyone if it is humanly possible. It is also vital that we find a long-term solution by creating extra places in Harpenden to avoid a repeat of this year?s anguish for parents and pupils.?