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Parents hit out at Tudor Grange faith school plan

FURIOUS Solihull parents have hit out at the top performing Tudor Grange Academy after it announced proposals to give priority places to pupils from two faith junior schools.

FURIOUS Solihull parents have hit out at the top performing Tudor Grange Academy after it announced proposals to give priority places to pupils from two faith junior schools.

Local mums and dads are angry that the Dingle Lane school is set to change its admission policy for 2014/15 - meaning many children who would normally be eligible could be excluded.

The plans, which are under consultation, mean youngsters from the new Tudor Grange Primary Academy - St James in Shirley - and St Alphege Junior School in the town centre, would be given preference over children living in the catchment area.

Shirley resident Sharron Raynor, of Welford Road, has a daughter who will be one of the children affected.

"We bought our house around five or six years ago because of the catchment area," she said, "and I know already that children are leaving their current junior schools for St James."

A second mum from Willow Road said parents were outraged by the proposals.

"It feels like a betrayal by a school that has served this community for decades," she said.

Many families move into the local area to get their children into a good school.

But if the school thinks we are going to roll over and die they have got another thing coming.

Councillor Joe Tildesley, cabinet member for children and young people, reassured parents that Solihull Council would respond to the consultation process.

He said: "Tudor Grange is an academy and because of that there are certain conditions and rules that will apply to them.

"They are no longer answerable to the local authority.

"I do want to stress that these are not Solihull Council decisions but I am comfortable that the correct procedure is being followed."

Jennifer Bexon-Smith, executive principal, had not returned our call at the time of going to press.

An online petition can be found at www.ipetitions.com/petition/tudor-grange-admissions-policy/

The consultation period will run until February 28.

 

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