Parents face school run to two separate schools as admission rules split up children

Bournemouth Echo: RECONSIDER: Jason and Monika Hughes with Aiden, 9, and Chloe, 7 RECONSIDER: Jason and Monika Hughes with Aiden, 9, and Chloe, 7

FRUSTRATED parents facing school runs to two separate primary schools have hit out over admission rules splitting up their children.

A handful of parents whose youngsters have failed to get a place at Christchurch Junior School despite attending the neighbouring feeder school, Christchurch Infants, are calling for education chiefs at Dorset County Council to reverse appeal decisions.

All the pupils have older brothers at Christchurch Juniors, who have been refused places at the younger siblings’ alternative schools, as there are no spaces.

Sofie Mosquera said her youngest son Liam was refused a place at Christchurch Juniors as he is out of catchment, despite having attended the Infants for three years.

He has been offered a place at Somerford Primary, despite his older brother remaining at Christchurch Juniors.

“I’ve taken it all the way to the top; there is no way we can be in two places at once,” she said.

“But it seems no one is prepared to help us. All we can hope is common sense will prevail and urge the council to change their mind.

“Some of our children have special educational needs and need continuity and stability.”

Tina Ayres, whose son Arnold has been offered Burton school, said: “It’s just not possible. I would have to pick my older son Owen up at 2.50pm to get to Burton on time.

“There has been a lot of finger pointing at parents.”

Monika and Jason Hughes, who are fighting to get their daughter Chloe into Christchurch Juniors, added: “It’s not only about the school runs but the children’s quality of education. We feel we should be given priority and want the decisions reconsidered.”

Husband Jason added: “They have built so many houses in this area but not made any provision for extra classes.”

A spokesperson for the council said Christchurch Junior School could not take more than 31 children in the Year 3 classes.

They confirmed the appeals had taken place, adding: “The panel’s decision is final and cannot be challenged.

“The decisions for these families has been reached in a fair and transparent way and has complied with Dorset County Council’s admissions code.”

ADMISSION arrangements for children moving between Christchurch Infant and Junior schools are set to change in September 2015 following complaints.
Dorset County Council said children who are in catchment for a junior school and attend the feeder infant school would have a higher priority than catchment children who do not have a sibling or feeder school link.
The borough currently has a school places crisis with temporary classrooms already being used at Christchurch Infants School and plans have been announced to add three more classrooms at Burton Primary.
Talks with a landowner are also ongoing for a new £7million school in the borough.

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1:48pm Sat 28 Jun 14

burgerboy says...

As they say"rules is rules folks"............
As they say"rules is rules folks"............ burgerboy
  • Score: 3

4:43pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Lewcee says...

Councils DO monitor the "births" register to give them some idea of places that will be required in about 5 years time. This prudence is sadly "blown out of the water" if more than a few families move into the area, take vacant spaces, and then - still more newcomers have children of 0 to 5years old who are then "under the radar". It is all very well complaining, it is just the way things are. Councils in our area are already frantically looking for land to build new schools on (never mind paying for the build), to such an extent that the Dolphin Pool at Poole is one of the sites being considered for a new school! The whole system is under terrific pressure, and the Government & Local Authorities don't half know it too. Things must change...and they will change. Children MUST be educated, by law.
Councils DO monitor the "births" register to give them some idea of places that will be required in about 5 years time. This prudence is sadly "blown out of the water" if more than a few families move into the area, take vacant spaces, and then - still more newcomers have children of 0 to 5years old who are then "under the radar". It is all very well complaining, it is just the way things are. Councils in our area are already frantically looking for land to build new schools on (never mind paying for the build), to such an extent that the Dolphin Pool at Poole is one of the sites being considered for a new school! The whole system is under terrific pressure, and the Government & Local Authorities don't half know it too. Things must change...and they will change. Children MUST be educated, by law. Lewcee
  • Score: 1

4:45pm Sat 28 Jun 14

60plus says...

If they just done primary and senior school they would not have this problem and children would only have to move once.
If they just done primary and senior school they would not have this problem and children would only have to move once. 60plus
  • Score: 7

6:20pm Sat 28 Jun 14

duggs666 says...

People are never happy! The easy option is to put both children in their catchment area school. You cannot blame the council for people expecting to get special treatment because the oldest child was lucky enough to be offered a non- catchment school. This problem has been going on for years so surely the parents should have realised this could be a problem when the young child need to move. Why should children who are entitled to go to that school be turned down for their catchment area because someone's sibling goes and the parents want the place!
People are never happy! The easy option is to put both children in their catchment area school. You cannot blame the council for people expecting to get special treatment because the oldest child was lucky enough to be offered a non- catchment school. This problem has been going on for years so surely the parents should have realised this could be a problem when the young child need to move. Why should children who are entitled to go to that school be turned down for their catchment area because someone's sibling goes and the parents want the place! duggs666
  • Score: 19

6:48pm Sat 28 Jun 14

BIGTONE says...

“Some of our children have special educational needs and need continuity and stability.”




You need a special school with 1-1 then.
“Some of our children have special educational needs and need continuity and stability.” You need a special school with 1-1 then. BIGTONE
  • Score: 1

11:34pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Localanon says...

The school admissions has become somewhat strained due to parents wanting the best for their children but I believe your children should be at their local school. This would stop the build up of congestion on the roads. I believe some parents in this article live in one area and have managed to get their child somehow into a school out of their catchment area because it was a "good" school because didn't want their children going to the local "satisfactory" school. But this has obviously not worked for the sibling. We moved to another catchment area and was unable to get our child into the school that was not more than 200 yards away because of this problem. So had to commute 3 miles twice a day. I have known parents to rent a property and not live in it just to be closer to a school so as to get their children into it. We need more schools in the area, that is no doubt but let's stick to the schools that your children can actually walk or cycle to without having to use cars.
The school admissions has become somewhat strained due to parents wanting the best for their children but I believe your children should be at their local school. This would stop the build up of congestion on the roads. I believe some parents in this article live in one area and have managed to get their child somehow into a school out of their catchment area because it was a "good" school because didn't want their children going to the local "satisfactory" school. But this has obviously not worked for the sibling. We moved to another catchment area and was unable to get our child into the school that was not more than 200 yards away because of this problem. So had to commute 3 miles twice a day. I have known parents to rent a property and not live in it just to be closer to a school so as to get their children into it. We need more schools in the area, that is no doubt but let's stick to the schools that your children can actually walk or cycle to without having to use cars. Localanon
  • Score: 12

7:36am Sun 29 Jun 14

The Wise Old Elf says...

Another case of school snobbery, as has been prev said if they have special educationall needs they need an appropriate school. Why can't the older one go to somerford school? Oh that's right it's on a council estate and won't sound as good to their friends! Fed up with these stories, we have a fantastic education system in this country it's about time we appreciated it, there are people in 3rd world countries that would snap there hands off for this type of problem!
Another case of school snobbery, as has been prev said if they have special educationall needs they need an appropriate school. Why can't the older one go to somerford school? Oh that's right it's on a council estate and won't sound as good to their friends! Fed up with these stories, we have a fantastic education system in this country it's about time we appreciated it, there are people in 3rd world countries that would snap there hands off for this type of problem! The Wise Old Elf
  • Score: 10

8:31am Sun 29 Jun 14

1a1a1a says...

All parents want the best for their children and it's normal to assess and choose the best schools available. Unfortunately, this isn't reality now in the public sectors. Rather than moan to the local paper, look at all options and consider private schools. Smaller class sizes, no catchment requirements and a better education! Parents expect too much from state schools.
All parents want the best for their children and it's normal to assess and choose the best schools available. Unfortunately, this isn't reality now in the public sectors. Rather than moan to the local paper, look at all options and consider private schools. Smaller class sizes, no catchment requirements and a better education! Parents expect too much from state schools. 1a1a1a
  • Score: 2

9:41am Sun 29 Jun 14

foggirl says...

Suck it up....., try having 3 children at 3 different schools ..... Try doing that for 2 years . Did I create a fuss ... No I didn't . Did I manage to get all 3 children to school everyday on time ?? Answer yes I did. Did I have other people or a partner helping me with my triple school run..??? Answer no. I managed it by myself drop off and pick up everyday . So if your children are not in the same school due to them being out of catchment stop put them in their catchment school and your problem will be solved. Thinking you can get the paper involved in the hope that the school will change their mind is just silly.... Have a little word with yourself before you put down your choice of schools. The only person of late who should have their children at the dan school is the last who is so very sick . For this particular family the council are seriously out of order and should hang their heads in shame.
Suck it up....., try having 3 children at 3 different schools ..... Try doing that for 2 years . Did I create a fuss ... No I didn't . Did I manage to get all 3 children to school everyday on time ?? Answer yes I did. Did I have other people or a partner helping me with my triple school run..??? Answer no. I managed it by myself drop off and pick up everyday . So if your children are not in the same school due to them being out of catchment stop put them in their catchment school and your problem will be solved. Thinking you can get the paper involved in the hope that the school will change their mind is just silly.... Have a little word with yourself before you put down your choice of schools. The only person of late who should have their children at the dan school is the last who is so very sick . For this particular family the council are seriously out of order and should hang their heads in shame. foggirl
  • Score: 10

11:42am Sun 29 Jun 14

Loonyspoon says...

Unfortunately it seems that too many parents aren't organised enough to cope with children in different schools.They expect everyone to bend over backwards to accomodate them rather than being proactive and sorting it out for themselves.This family obviously haven't looked into all the possibilities for their kids,they have lost their appeal and have come bleating to the paper. There is an afterschool club at the Juniors, pop your oldest child in there for half an hour whilst you collect the youngest from her school. Most afterschool clubs do shorter sessions at a reduced rate for precisely this reason. Fed up with lazy parenting. You chose to have children, take responsibility for them. Shame there are more parents like foggirl.
Unfortunately it seems that too many parents aren't organised enough to cope with children in different schools.They expect everyone to bend over backwards to accomodate them rather than being proactive and sorting it out for themselves.This family obviously haven't looked into all the possibilities for their kids,they have lost their appeal and have come bleating to the paper. There is an afterschool club at the Juniors, pop your oldest child in there for half an hour whilst you collect the youngest from her school. Most afterschool clubs do shorter sessions at a reduced rate for precisely this reason. Fed up with lazy parenting. You chose to have children, take responsibility for them. Shame there are more parents like foggirl. Loonyspoon
  • Score: 4

5:17pm Sun 29 Jun 14

skydriver says...

If you feel that strongly, move within the catchment area, Simple!
If you feel that strongly, move within the catchment area, Simple! skydriver
  • Score: 7

10:19pm Sun 29 Jun 14

russ1977 says...

The admissions policies clearly show that if you live out of catchment you're chances of getting in to a school are significantly reduced. These schools have always been separated with a need to reapply to get in to the juniors year 3. I cannot understand how parents can get annoyed when they are the ones that have taken the risk to live outside of the catchment area??
The admissions policies clearly show that if you live out of catchment you're chances of getting in to a school are significantly reduced. These schools have always been separated with a need to reapply to get in to the juniors year 3. I cannot understand how parents can get annoyed when they are the ones that have taken the risk to live outside of the catchment area?? russ1977
  • Score: 5

11:47pm Sun 29 Jun 14

whataboutthat says...

Oh dear...
Oh dear... whataboutthat
  • Score: 1

4:30pm Mon 30 Jun 14

SM3378 says...

You only get half a story in a newspaper and it is a real shame that half of the fools that chose to comment on this story thought about that. Heaven forbid that the children were sent to a school out of catchment for a valid reason!! It’s nothing to do with snobbery or any other of the ridiculous reasons commented on by some rather nasty individuals who evidently spend their days sat on their backsides at home at the taxpayers expense watching Jeremy Kyle!!
You only get half a story in a newspaper and it is a real shame that half of the fools that chose to comment on this story thought about that. Heaven forbid that the children were sent to a school out of catchment for a valid reason!! It’s nothing to do with snobbery or any other of the ridiculous reasons commented on by some rather nasty individuals who evidently spend their days sat on their backsides at home at the taxpayers expense watching Jeremy Kyle!! SM3378
  • Score: 1
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