Reduction in Doncaster primary school reception places sparks anger

It doesn't seem right: Concerned parents outside Owston Park Primary School, where primary reception places have been cut.  Picture: Liz Mockler.

It doesn't seem right: Concerned parents outside Owston Park Primary School, where primary reception places have been cut. Picture: Liz Mockler.

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ANGRY parents say they may be forced teach their children from home after discovering their chosen primary school has slashed the number of its reception class places.

Parents whose children already attend nursery at Owston Park Primary say they were stunned to learn their children had not got a reception class place because building improvement works mean the school is reducing the number of reception places from 80 to 60.

Mums and dads have also hit out at problems with the application process, with some saying they completed the form online - only to be told later it had never been received.

Distraught mum Gemma Carver, aged 30, of Elm Road, Skellow, says she may now have to give up her job to provide four-year-old Chloe with an education from home following the announcement.

Gemma, whose son Ciaran, aged seven, also attends the school in Lodge Road, Skellow, said: “I’ve been a full time mum for 13 years and stayed at home with my children.

“I have just got a job at a riding school that I absolutely love, and now I may have to give that up because my daughter can’t get a place at school.

“Chloe used to come with me to take Ciaran to school and she used to get excited and say, ‘I will go this school too’.

“Now she keeps asking why she is not allowed to go to the same school as her brother.

“It doesn’t seem right.”

Doncaster Council admitted the number of places had been reduced at the school.

But it said the reception class size at neighbouring Carcroft Primary in Owston Road had been increased to make up for it.

But Gemma said: “I have lived here all my life.

“Parents from other parts of Doncaster have got places for their children.”

Chris Pratt, director of children and young people’s service, said the authority had not been made aware of any widescale problems with the online application system.

He added: “Every parent is entitled to an independent appeal if they are unhappy.

“We will work with families to try to find a solution everyone is happy with.”

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