FED-UP parents are rallying support for debate on a controversial primary school admissions policy they claim is bizarre, unfair and disrupts families’ lives.
They say siblings are separated, youngsters made to move schools and families struggle with travel because Government policies ensure priority places are given to those living in catchment areas.
And as they call for 7,500 petition signatures – to start a county debate on whether parents with children already at a school should receive equal preference – a national overhaul of school admissions was announced last week.
“It seems a very unfair system”, said Tapton mum Claire Maddison, who is moving son William from Abercrombie Primary School in Chesterfield because daughter Edith could not get a place despite being in the nursery.
The family have never lived in the catchment area.
“People say you can pick the school your child goes to but that seems very untrue.
“I understand there’s got to be some kind of system but to allow one child in it is bizarre to think you can manage with different schools.”
Derbyshire County Council will debate the petition – from parents at “oversubscribed” Ambercrombie – at full council if signatures total 7,500.
A spokesman said its admission arrangements complied with the national code and were extensively consulted on annually to be as fair as possible.
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