Monday, 02 August 2021

Pupils may be offered free travel

CHILDREN of families living at RAF Benson could be given free transport when they start at Icknield Community College in Watlington.

Oxfordshire County Council is consulting parents at the base about the idea because over-demand for places at Wallingford School.

The school is the nearest to the base but its catchment area does not include it.

The council says there is likely to be an increase in demand for secondary school places from within the school’s catchment area so it is unlikely to be able to offer places to children living at the base.

However, Icknield does have the capacity to meet demand from RAF Benson for the “foreseeable future”.

The college is not within a safe walking distance of the base and there are no suitable public bus services so the council is considering offering free transport.

It says the move would give parents at RAF Benson the security of knowing that their children would be able to access a school place.

Any child living at RAF Benson who was offered a place at Wallingford School would still receive free travel to that school.

If the proposal is accepted, it will be reviewed annually.

The consultation closes on April 10. To respond, visit https://consultations.

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