Bid for extra workers

THE council is looking to spend £70,000 on additional staff to help coordinate school transfers and admissions.

They will also be responsible for handling appeals by parents who can’t get children into the school of their choice.

The recruitment plan comes at a time when the council is looking to cut costs and possibly get rid of about 200 jobs to make ends meet.

A lack of admissions staff has caused “significant difficulties” in recent years even before the introduction of additional duties, according to school organisation officer Richard Morse.

“Attempting to operate with the equivalent of about one-third of the staff provided in similar authorities is likely to reduce the service and standards will suffer,” said Mr Morse in a report to Calderdale Schools Forum.

“Without additional support, it will be necessary to close telephone lines for part of the day.”

He has recommended that the forum sets aside £70,414 for two additional workers.

l Parents will find out which Calderdale secondary schools their children have been allocated on March 1.