MP welcomes new school admissions changes

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NEW changes to school admissions have been given the thumbs up by a city MP.

Mark Lancaster, who serves Milton Keynes North, welcomed the changes after the current system left pupils waiting months for places or being sent to schools miles from their home.

Mark first raised the issue in December after he was inundated with complaints from parents. Of the 327 school applicants that year 120 did not get any of their three choices.

In September councils were left to coordinate the applications. However, the Government has said this responsibility should return to schools.

Mark said: “While I think it is good that schools will be autonomous, able to prioritise certain children, I think it also needs to be remembered that it is beneficial for children to be able to walk to school where possible.”