School place failure

RE: THE failure of North Somerset Education Authority to provide all reception class children in Portishead with a place in a Portishead school in September.

RE: THE failure of North Somerset Education Authority to provide all reception class children in Portishead with a place in a Portishead school in September.

The attitude of, and comments made by the authority's representative beggars belief.

The authority needs to understand that these children are not widgets which can be processed in any factory in the vicinity. They are little people who need to be educated with their friends within their own community.

We do not live in a country area where one school serves all surrounding farms and hamlets. Portishead is a thriving and quickly growing area where numerous young families have been encouraged to live. The education of the children in these families should be paramount. Furthermore, no parent should be expected to put their four year old into a taxi or minibus with a driver unknown to them.


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The needs of these children are clearly not being met and it seems to me that the authority is not fulfilling its duty of care towards them. I urge the authority to spend some money and find places for the six children involved quickly.

I have lived here for over 30 years and watched Portishead grow dramatically. I am not against the growth of the town but am greatly concerned about the lack of planning and foresight in relation to so many aspects.

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As a retired teacher, the lack of school places for its children is one which I consider a disaster.

LYN KOKTA

Eastcliff, Portishead

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