After meeting with various parents who have been “caught out by the school places system,” Nicola called a meeting with Schools Minister, Nick Gibb MP, and neighbouring MP, Ed Vaizey, to discuss pressures on local school places and planning for those places, especially in the light of proposed new housing.
Most recently, Nicola met with North Abingdon mothers Fiona Colcutt, Nicola Rowbotham and Emma Lonie, whose children were refused places at the three primary schools they applied for. They launched an online petition in April after they were all offered places at Thameside Primary School in south Abingdon, which they said is too far from their homes.
They said it would take her an extra half an hour in the morning to drive to Thameside Primary School and is worried about getting to work on time.
Nicola says Although the majority of children got in to their school of choice, this is not the first time I have met with a group of parents who have been caught out by the school places allocation system locally.
In Abingdon it is now urgent for the county council to conduct a review of the allocation process to ensure we are able to prevent this happening again and I am calling on them to undertake this review immediately.
I am also doing everything I can to support parents going through this year’s school places allocations who have not been successful.
I have now asked the Minister to look into the problem too.