Hertfordshire County Council has launched a public consultation on plans to reduce the number of pupils admitted to several primary schools. 

Ashtree Primary in Stevenage, Icknield Infant School in Letchworth, and Weston Primary School near Baldock could be affected if changes are made.

The adjustments would take effect from 2024/25, and have been requested and supported by the headteachers and board of governors at each school. 

According to the council, the changes would help ensure that demand for places at each school matches the number of places available.

An increase in the number of places available at Codicote Church of England Primary School has already been agreed, following enlargement of the school premises. 

Cllr Terry Douris (Conservative), executive member for education, libraries and lifelong learning said: "We want every child to have the best possible start in life, and making sure we have the right number of school places in the right areas is an important part of that. 

"Our existing admission arrangements work well, with over 97 per cent of Hertfordshire children allocated a ranked primary school and over 94 per cent a ranked secondary school in 2022.  

"However, as our population changes, and new development happens in our county, there are times when it is right to review these arrangements. 

"We know that school places and admissions are a really important topic for parents, which is why we are committed to ensuring the everyone can have their say."

The county council is legally required to consult the public before reducing the number of admissions. 

The consultation will open on October 31 and close on December 11.