Fears for future of town’s schools

County councillor Robin Stuchbury
County councillor Robin Stuchbury
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Rules over free school transport could stop children from Winslow taking up places at Buckingham’s secondary schools, now Winslow has its own secondary school.

Under the new home-to-school transport arrangements, children are only entitled to a free bus service to their nearest school.

And as of September, the new Sir Thomas Fremantle, free school will be classed as the nearest school for all children in the Winslow area.

So parents wishing their children to take up places at either the Royal Latin School or the Buckingham School will have to pay for transport.

The headteachers of both Buckingham schools contacted county councillor Robin Stuchbury with concerns that this could lead to falling pupil numbers .

Now Mr Stuchbury and the two headteachers are meeting with Bucks County Council (BCC) cabinet member for education Mike Appleyard next Tuesday.

Mr Stuchbury said: “I’m pushing for Mike Appleyard to understand that this policy’s affecting the opportunities of young people.

“It’s ethically wrong and it’s going to impinge greatly on children taking up their places at the Royal Latin and the Buckingham School.

“It seems bizarre to have a policy which works against children taking up their places in secondary education.

“You can’t have a policy that works against the good of the children.

“What they have done is make something that was a problem into something that’s a big disaster.”