Siblings fail in effort to attend same school

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A mum is in tormoil after losing an appeal to get her children into the same school.

Andrea Henderson is now worried about the affects that will have on her four and six year old after failing to convince an independent hearing she was a special case..

The mum, who also has a 15 year old who attends Parklands High School in Chorley, lived “two minutes “ from her current home when her son started Whittle-le-Woods Primary School near Chorley two years ago.

Although she has since moved to Milestone Meadow in Euxton, she expected her youngest daughter to join him in September. But, the Preston Road school was so popular she was refused a place and allocated one at Euxton Primrose Hill Primary.

Andrea said: “I appealed using the school’s own criteria for social and emotional well being because my mum died recently and the children were very close to her. They have been using each other as support and I think it is very important that they don’t lose that support. It will also be very difficult to get them to different schools, the holidays are different and my son is currently in the after school club at Whittle and there is no room for him at Primrose Hill.”

She said she presented medical evidence, as well as a report from her daughter’s nursery about the grief support the children had received.

Headteacher Clare Berryman said: “I have enormous sympathy for those families who find themselves in this position. However, we are a popular school and this year had 104 applications for just 35 places. To deal with such a high volume of applications fairly we have very clear admissions criteria which we have to apply rigorously. I understand the practical and emotional impact of finding your children in different schools but we simply do not have space to take these children in.

“What we have agreed to do is to adjust drop off and pick up times for children in this position to give their parents the increased flexibility they need.”