Friday, 19 November 2010

Council Welcomes New Proposals for Maiden Erlegh

I haven't seen the proposals referred to yet, but from the Reading Council press release below it looks like Wokingham has done a U-turn on its plans to exclude Park Ward pupils from Maiden Erlegh school. Assuming that there isn't a catch this is great news for everyone who has been fighting for this.

UPDATE: I think there might be a catch! I will post again when I have done a bit more reading.

Reading Borough Council Press Release

Reading Borough Council has warmly welcomed revised draft plans for the catchment area of Maiden Erlegh School as a 'victory for dialogue'. While children of the Whiteknights/Park Ward area were previously to be excluded, under the new proposal, they will not be.

The new draft proposals have been drawn up by Wokingham Borough Council after months of discussion, negotiation and dialogue with Reading Borough Council and a review and consultation exercise with parents and neighbours of the school.

Unlike Wokingham's original proposals, the new plans will also protect access to siblings.

Mark Ralph, Reading Borough Council's Lead Councillor for Education and Children's Services, said: 'This is a major victory for dialogue between the two councils, parents and the wider local community, and saves both Authorities from the necessity of expensive legal intervention. There has been a huge amount of contact with Wokingham at all levels.

'I am very pleased that the new proposals have taken account of feedback from residents in Park Ward, that there is no exclusion of Park Ward residents from the designated area and there is protection for siblings of children that attend Maiden Erlegh.

'I am delighted that we have been able to secure this change for the benefit of many parents and their children.'


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