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Family split over school place snub

A KNOWLE mum is angry that her little boy has been refused a place at the school where his older sister already goes.

A KNOWLE mum is angry that her little boy has been refused a place at the school where his older sister already goes.

Suzanne Winslow wanted both of her children to go to the same school and is frustrated that four-year-old Rex won’t be joining Erin, aged five, at Knowle CofE Primary.

Instead the youngster has been offered a place at Dorridge Junior School and Mrs Winslow doesn’t think this is fair.

“I haven’t got any problem with Dorridge, I think both schools are excellent. But we decided on Knowle because it suited us slightly better and we wanted both the children to go there.

“It’s going to be awkward having the children at different schools, particularly with the travel arrangements.”

By Mrs Winslow’s reckoning, Dorridge is 0.4 miles from her home and Knowle is 0.8. However, she feels frustrated that her son has been denied a place so soon after her daughter was accepted.

“We tried to make the best of a bad situation and try to get our daughter into Dorridge. We weren’t happy because she was very settled at Knowle and it seemed unfair to move her. So now we’ve got both our children on the waiting list for each other’s school. It’s going to be a case of who gets offered a place first.”

Councillor Ken Meeson, cabinet member for education, children and young people, said: “We would like to emphasise that we deal with all applications by following our published school admissions policy which is set out by the Government.

“This is a fair process to enable as many children as possible to access their nearest neighbourhood school. Mrs Winslow has been advised of this situation and the fact that she has a right to appeal to an independent panel.”

 

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