Proposals by Barnfield Federation to introduce admissions tests for Barnfield West and Barnfield South Academies have been slammed by Liberal Democrat councillors.
Writing to Luton Council’s Director of Children & Learning, Liberal Democrat leader David Franks says he was closely involved in discussions with Barnfield Director Pete Birkett over the establishment of the two Academies in 2007.
“I sought and was given assurances that the admissions and exclusions policies of the academies would be identical to those of other Luton schools. The legal documents completed at the time must now be examined to see whether the assurances I was given were actually part of the deal and whether they can be enforced.”
“If Barnfield are allowed to get away with this they will undermine the whole principle of comprehensive education, will destroy the social benefits of most young people going to their local school and make it much more difficult for the two academies to work co-operatively with other Luton schools.”
“These outrageous Barnfield admissions proposals fly in the face of the agreement I was told we had in 2007. Any unilateral introduction of Admissions Tests must be consigned to the dustbin.”