'Ludicrous' to deny boy a school place

DISTRAUGHT parents Steve and Adele Vangasse may be forced to give up their home because their son has been refused a place at his local school. Steve, a software developer, and his wife and two children Ben, aged three, and Sophie, aged two, decided to mo

DISTRAUGHT parents Steve and Adele Vangasse may be forced to give up their home because their son has been refused a place at his local school.Steve, a software developer, and his wife and two children Ben, aged three, and Sophie, aged two, decided to move to Congresbury in November because they liked the village and were keen on its schools. After applying to North Somerset Council for a place for Ben at Glebe Infant School in Station Road, Steve and Adele were informed by letter that the reception year was over-subscribed.But they have since discovered spaces are available in years one and two for families moving into the village.North Somerset councillor for Congresbury, Tom Leimdorfer, said: "It is quite wrong to deny places that are clearly there. These places should be offered to reception year children. It is ludicrous."The last thing we want is for families and their children to move into the village and then be turned away from the schools."Steve, aged 31, of Park Road, said: "We really like the village and the schools and are originally from the area. "Our friends and family are here so when we moved to the village we thought it would be academic that our children would attend the school. We were shocked when we discovered that was not the case."Ben attends a pre-school at Congresbury Community Group, which is adjacent to Glebe Infant School and on occasions children from the group visit the school as a 'warm-up' for their primary education. He already refers to the school as 'his school' and all his friends will go there."We will have to move if Ben cannot attend the school and leave the house for another family, who will no doubt experience the same problem."A spokesman for North Somerset Council said: "With reception year applications, over 92 per cent of parents have been successful in gaining a place at their first preference school, but it is not always possible for us to meet all school choices. "Admissions legislation requires us to follow set rules and regulations. Our admissions over-subscription policy has been followed in the case of Glebe Infant School. "We do sympathise with those parents who have been refused places. Regrettably legislative constraints, particularly in relation to the infant class limits, mean we are not always able to offer places to everyone who wants a place for their child at a particular school.


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