Thurrock Council leader says parents are missing out on choice of school by not filling in admissions forms correctly

Thurrock Gazette: Figures released by the council show that 697 admissions for September only named one school, and 409 only picked two. Figures released by the council show that 697 admissions for September only named one school, and 409 only picked two.

PARENTS are not ensuring their children have the biggest choice of secondary school because they aren’t following the admissions process correctly, according to Thurrock Council leader John Kent.

When applying, parents are asked to list their top six schools in order of preference, but many are only filling in two places.

If both options are refused, a school is allocated to the child by the council.

Figures released by the council show that 697 admissions for September only named one school, and 409 only picked two.

Mr Kent said: “Parents should always fill in as many of the preference options as possible.

“Thurrock Council co-ordinates the admissions process, so if your first or second choices are refused by the schools, the staff can refer you to the next.

“If there’s no third choice, you will have no say whatsoever.”

Parents who have had an offer of a school they did not apply for will be written to with details on how to appeal. However, the council’s advice is that they should not reject it because they would risk having no place for their child.

Parents can contact the admissions team to see what is available on 01375 652883 or visit https://admissions.thurrock.gov.uk/Enrol/Website/

Comments (10)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

3:11pm Wed 12 Mar 14

E.C.M. says...

This story epitomizes why many Thurrock schools struggle from an academic perspective. Children are the barometer of the home and if their parents can’t follow simple instructions, why would we expect their offspring to be any different?!
This story epitomizes why many Thurrock schools struggle from an academic perspective. Children are the barometer of the home and if their parents can’t follow simple instructions, why would we expect their offspring to be any different?! E.C.M.
  • Score: -2

7:42pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Dave_ says...

Parents only have to fill out so many options because the ineptitude of Cllr Kent's party has meant in some areas there aren't enough places within walking distance.
You can't build hundreds of houses and only have one or maybe two local (walkable to) schools, with only a fraction of the numbers requuired for the population. It's basic mathematics.
Parents only have to fill out so many options because the ineptitude of Cllr Kent's party has meant in some areas there aren't enough places within walking distance. You can't build hundreds of houses and only have one or maybe two local (walkable to) schools, with only a fraction of the numbers requuired for the population. It's basic mathematics. Dave_
  • Score: 4

8:47pm Wed 12 Mar 14

E.C.M. says...

Dave_ wrote:
Parents only have to fill out so many options because the ineptitude of Cllr Kent's party has meant in some areas there aren't enough places within walking distance. You can't build hundreds of houses and only have one or maybe two local (walkable to) schools, with only a fraction of the numbers requuired for the population. It's basic mathematics.
2 + 2 = 7596238...in an increasingly complex world, sometimes old questions, require new answers!
[quote][p][bold]Dave_[/bold] wrote: Parents only have to fill out so many options because the ineptitude of Cllr Kent's party has meant in some areas there aren't enough places within walking distance. You can't build hundreds of houses and only have one or maybe two local (walkable to) schools, with only a fraction of the numbers requuired for the population. It's basic mathematics.[/p][/quote]2 + 2 = 7596238...in an increasingly complex world, sometimes old questions, require new answers! E.C.M.
  • Score: 0

6:38am Thu 13 Mar 14

ebagumtrebor says...

What's complicated. Too many children for not enough school places because of a lack of joined up thinking from the council

If they hadn't blindly followed the wishes of the previous government and flooded the borough with people before putting the infrastructure in place, or even thinking about putting the infrastructure in place, then we wouldn't be in this situation, or certainly not to the extent that we are.

Here's an idea. Let's change the admissions policy so that no child whose parents that haven't lived in the borough for at least ten years get offered a school place before the children whose parents meet that criteria.

Perhaps then we'll find out where the problem lies.
What's complicated. Too many children for not enough school places because of a lack of joined up thinking from the council If they hadn't blindly followed the wishes of the previous government and flooded the borough with people before putting the infrastructure in place, or even thinking about putting the infrastructure in place, then we wouldn't be in this situation, or certainly not to the extent that we are. Here's an idea. Let's change the admissions policy so that no child whose parents that haven't lived in the borough for at least ten years get offered a school place before the children whose parents meet that criteria. Perhaps then we'll find out where the problem lies. ebagumtrebor
  • Score: 5

9:34am Thu 13 Mar 14

Dave_ says...

I would certainly suggest a 5 year residency in the catchment area for primary and secondary get first pick, UNLESS it is a brand new school in a brand new estate.

I bet that the houses/flats between Oliver Road and Motherwell Way have caused problems on the Chafford estate, as many in South Stifford and West Thurrock are closer 'straight line' than many on Chafford to the school there.
I would certainly suggest a 5 year residency in the catchment area for primary and secondary get first pick, UNLESS it is a brand new school in a brand new estate. I bet that the houses/flats between Oliver Road and Motherwell Way have caused problems on the Chafford estate, as many in South Stifford and West Thurrock are closer 'straight line' than many on Chafford to the school there. Dave_
  • Score: 2

7:48pm Thu 13 Mar 14

rocket1 says...

Dave_ wrote:
I would certainly suggest a 5 year residency in the catchment area for primary and secondary get first pick, UNLESS it is a brand new school in a brand new estate.

I bet that the houses/flats between Oliver Road and Motherwell Way have caused problems on the Chafford estate, as many in South Stifford and West Thurrock are closer 'straight line' than many on Chafford to the school there.
surely everyone has the same rights to local schools,whether you live in south stifford or chafford hundred,we all live in grays.
[quote][p][bold]Dave_[/bold] wrote: I would certainly suggest a 5 year residency in the catchment area for primary and secondary get first pick, UNLESS it is a brand new school in a brand new estate. I bet that the houses/flats between Oliver Road and Motherwell Way have caused problems on the Chafford estate, as many in South Stifford and West Thurrock are closer 'straight line' than many on Chafford to the school there.[/p][/quote]surely everyone has the same rights to local schools,whether you live in south stifford or chafford hundred,we all live in grays. rocket1
  • Score: 0

11:45am Sat 15 Mar 14

Mattster says...

E.C.M. wrote:
This story epitomizes why many Thurrock schools struggle from an academic perspective. Children are the barometer of the home and if their parents can’t follow simple instructions, why would we expect their offspring to be any different?!
Disagree completely, The reason the council want you to fill in up to 6 Preferences is so when you end up being offered your 5th preference (I.E a school you don't want your kid to go to) they can say you were awarded one of your preferences - "what do you mean you don't want your kid to go there, you chose it?"

This looks good for the figures and hides the fact that there has been a massive increase in pressure on School Places in Thurrock due to massive immigration from Africans and Eastern Europeans who have much larger families but nothing provided in terms of infrastructure.

There are people on Chafford in catchment who couldn't even get siblings in to the school this year.

I fully support parents not listing schools they don't want on their forms just so the Council can fiddle the figures.
[quote][p][bold]E.C.M.[/bold] wrote: This story epitomizes why many Thurrock schools struggle from an academic perspective. Children are the barometer of the home and if their parents can’t follow simple instructions, why would we expect their offspring to be any different?![/p][/quote]Disagree completely, The reason the council want you to fill in up to 6 Preferences is so when you end up being offered your 5th preference (I.E a school you don't want your kid to go to) they can say you were awarded one of your preferences - "what do you mean you don't want your kid to go there, you chose it?" This looks good for the figures and hides the fact that there has been a massive increase in pressure on School Places in Thurrock due to massive immigration from Africans and Eastern Europeans who have much larger families but nothing provided in terms of infrastructure. There are people on Chafford in catchment who couldn't even get siblings in to the school this year. I fully support parents not listing schools they don't want on their forms just so the Council can fiddle the figures. Mattster
  • Score: 5

3:27pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Marcus P says...

Thurrock has almost 700 surplus secondary places at present. This will rise as Gable Hall, the Gateway expand and Harris build a new school.

The secondary schools are in the to 20% in the country so I resent Doyle Price wanting the tax payer to fund a pseudo private school for her son.

She will be wanting her own private road out of Thurrock next to commute back to Sheffield.
Thurrock has almost 700 surplus secondary places at present. This will rise as Gable Hall, the Gateway expand and Harris build a new school. The secondary schools are in the to 20% in the country so I resent Doyle Price wanting the tax payer to fund a pseudo private school for her son. She will be wanting her own private road out of Thurrock next to commute back to Sheffield. Marcus P
  • Score: 0

3:29pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Marcus P says...

Dave_ wrote:
I would certainly suggest a 5 year residency in the catchment area for primary and secondary get first pick, UNLESS it is a brand new school in a brand new estate.

I bet that the houses/flats between Oliver Road and Motherwell Way have caused problems on the Chafford estate, as many in South Stifford and West Thurrock are closer 'straight line' than many on Chafford to the school there.
Great idea...expand it to health entitlement .
[quote][p][bold]Dave_[/bold] wrote: I would certainly suggest a 5 year residency in the catchment area for primary and secondary get first pick, UNLESS it is a brand new school in a brand new estate. I bet that the houses/flats between Oliver Road and Motherwell Way have caused problems on the Chafford estate, as many in South Stifford and West Thurrock are closer 'straight line' than many on Chafford to the school there.[/p][/quote]Great idea...expand it to health entitlement . Marcus P
  • Score: 1

7:31pm Sat 15 Mar 14

poortaxpayer says...

Marcus P wrote:
Thurrock has almost 700 surplus secondary places at present. This will rise as Gable Hall, the Gateway expand and Harris build a new school.

The secondary schools are in the to 20% in the country so I resent Doyle Price wanting the tax payer to fund a pseudo private school for her son.

She will be wanting her own private road out of Thurrock next to commute back to Sheffield.
Jackie Doyle-Price doesn't have any children?
[quote][p][bold]Marcus P[/bold] wrote: Thurrock has almost 700 surplus secondary places at present. This will rise as Gable Hall, the Gateway expand and Harris build a new school. The secondary schools are in the to 20% in the country so I resent Doyle Price wanting the tax payer to fund a pseudo private school for her son. She will be wanting her own private road out of Thurrock next to commute back to Sheffield.[/p][/quote]Jackie Doyle-Price doesn't have any children? poortaxpayer
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree