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Supporting families to access education for children and young people living in Luton. Who can get support from the Access to Education team?

Who can get support from the Access to Education team?

If you live in Luton and have a statutory school age child you can request support from the Access to Education Team for any of the following areas:

  • in year school applications or applications for pupils due to start school/ transfer to high school in September
  • school appeal advice and support
  • advice and support with applying for a school place for children who have moved into Luton or the UK
  • families who have moved house within Luton and are struggling to find school place(s)
  • children at risk of being permanently excluded from school or who are struggling to remain engaged with school

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What can you expect from the team?

The Access to Education team provide support and advice via home visits, telephone or video calls, or at school / education meetings. The team can:

  • help families to navigate the process of applying for a school place by exploring school vacancies and waiting lists for schools
  • complete applications over the phone
  • assist families from the application stage through to transition into school
  • provide mediation and liaison with schools on behalf of and with families
  • accompany families to meetings with schools and other services
The team work closely with services such as:
  • Alternative Learning and Progression Service
  • Education Welfare Service
  • Elective Home Education
  • Educational Psychology Service
  • school transport

Complete access to education referral form

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Transfer to high school application process

Due to the brilliant feedback we had last year from schools and parents, the Access to Education team are again going to provide information Zoom sessions for all year six parents.

During these sessions, parents will be able to ask questions and receive support directly from our team. We are putting on three online Zoom sessions. These sessions will consist of a short slide show presentation, followed by a question and answer session.

The dates, times and links to those sessions are included below:

Tuesday 12 October 2021 at 7pm

  • Meeting ID: 894 9290 9754
  • Passcode: nm0i6D

Wednesday 13 October 2021 at 12.30pm

  • Meeting ID: 883 7065 9887
  • Passcode: 0LP73f

Thursday 14 October 2021 at 10am

  • Meeting ID: 883 7065 9887
  • Passcode: 0LP73f

There is no need to book onto a session, please simply join us on the day by:

  1. going on Zoom or typing '' into your search engine
  2. click on ‘join a meeting’
  3. then copy and paste the link positioned under the date and time of the session you have chosen from this letter, into the search box
  4. you will then find yourself in the zoom lobby, where you will wait until a member of our team invites you into the session

We look forward to seeing you.

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Access to Education team
Education Service
Luton Council
Town Hall
George Street

Email: [email protected]

Tracy Gentle (Access to Education Manager) 

Telephone: 07920 072030 
Email: [email protected] 

Lauren Middleton (Access to Education Officer) 
Telephone: 07725 607058 
Email: [email protected] 

Tracey Back (Access to Education Family Worker) 
Telephone: 07818 014511 
Email: [email protected]

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