01:15PM, Thursday 28 April 2016
Parents were left disappointed last week when their child did not make it into a catchment primary school.
Parents were allowed to put down six choices in the Royal Borough. Some 1,977 applications were received.
Lowbrook Academy had 30 places, 28 of which were filled by those who had siblings at the school; the other two were allocated to children in care.
A 38-year-old parent from Cox Green, who did not want to be named, was shocked to find her daughter had been given a place at Holyport Primary School – which was not one of her choices.
She said: “I had six preferences – the first two were Lowbrook Academy and Wessex Primary School – and my daughter didn’t get a place at any of them.
“At first I thought there was an error as Holyport was not one of my choices. I knew there was no guarantee my child would get into Lowbrook but I thought they would get into a closer school.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’ll have to drive her every day and the traffic is bad from Cox Green to Holyport which is 3.5 miles away. My daughter will never be able to walk to school.”
In a letter in last week’s Advertiser, Paul Ackroyd wrote that his granddaughter from Cox Green had also been allocated a place in Holyport.
In a statement on Lowbrook’s website, it states: “The decision to offer 30 places for September 2016 was based on the simple fact that we have 30 children leaving in July and therefore can only accommodate 30 pupils the following September with our current facilities, which is our standard number.
“We have exhausted all of our current resources to expand to our existing capacity and will not be able to expand further without financial assistance from either local or central Government.”
If you live in Cox Green and have been affected by this issue email firstname.lastname@example.org
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