Parents’ anger over school admission row

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Six youngsters did not get a place at a Sheffield primary school despite them living in the catchment area, an angry mum has claimed.

The parent also said four youngsters turned down from Meersbrook Bank Primary’s reception class had attended its pre-school in preparation.

She said Sheffield Council and the school had not informed families of the potential for over-subscription due to a rising population.

Extra provision has been made at nearby Carfield and Mundella schools.

The mum, who did not want to be named, said: “People are very cross.

“If you are given accurate information you can make the right choice but it feels like the community hasn’t been respected or consulted at all.

“Some of the children who didn’t get a place live within 300 metres of the school.

“We also have another child and there is no guarantee she would get in to the same school now.

“By following the system to the letter we might end up with children in different schools.

“It feels like nobody is taking responsibility.”

Sheffield Council said last month that 97 per cent of pupils had been given one of three preference schools.

Council spokeswoman Alena Prentice, assistant director for inclusion and learning services, said there had been ‘widespread’ consultation work with Meersbrook Bank parents, including a workshop for parents of pre-school children after the decision was made to add extra places elsewhere.

Meersbrook Bank could not be expanded to take more children due to physical restrictions, she said.

“Although our aim is to place children at local catchment schools, we can never guarantee places. We are constantly monitoring and responding to these demands.”