Family in school places split

Thurrock Gazette: Vanessa Simmonds with son Harrison 4 who can't go to same school as brothers and sisters. 7 Moore ave, Grays PIC- back row l-r Ryan 10, mum Vanessa, Bethany 9, dad Dave, front Emma 6, Harrison 4 and Daniel 9 Vanessa Simmonds with son Harrison 4 who can't go to same school as brothers and sisters. 7 Moore ave, Grays PIC- back row l-r Ryan 10, mum Vanessa, Bethany 9, dad Dave, front Emma 6, Harrison 4 and Daniel 9

A FOUR-year-old boy has missed out on his first choice primary school...despite his four siblings going there.

Harrison Simmonds, was turned down for a place at West Thurrock Academy after recent boundary changes meant the family home now fell out of the school catchment area.

Instead he has been offered a place at Harris Free School, meaning the youngster faces the prospect of being half-an-hour late for school each day while mum Vanessa drops off his brothers and sisters.

It also means the mum-of-five, who runs a small business from home, will have to spend an extra two hours a day on the school run.

Mrs Simmonds, 37, of Moore Avenue, Grays, said: “I can't be in two places at once, so, in the morning I will have to take the older four in first, which means Harrison will most likely be late each day.

“That is not fair as it stays on his permanent record and could affect his future prospects.

“Because he is only four, in the afternoon, I will have to pick him up first, meaning the other four will have to wait at the gates when school finishes.

“It means that while it used to take me 15 minutes to do the school run, it will now take two hours plus!”

Mrs Simmonds and husband Dave, 42, have appealed against the ruling, but will have to wait until July before discovering their son's fate.

The family currently have a boy in Year Five, twins in Year Four and a daughter in Year Two at West Thurrock Academy. Harrison is currently in the nursery school.

Mrs Simmonds added: "We haven't moved and the school hasn't moved so how can we now be out of the catchment area? It does not make any sense at all.

"Poor Harrison is devastated he won't get to go to school with his brother and sister or any of his friends.”

A spokesman for Thurrock Council said: “There is an appeal in process, we wouldn’t want to comment further.”

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4:26pm Wed 7 May 14

jb411 says...

Doesn't it count that he has siblings at the school? How can people be in two places at once to pick up small children from different places?
Doesn't it count that he has siblings at the school? How can people be in two places at once to pick up small children from different places? jb411
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4:51pm Wed 7 May 14

Indred Cold says...

As ever brainless TBC
As ever brainless TBC Indred Cold
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6:32pm Wed 7 May 14

dnrslr says...

currently my daughter is in belmont castle nursey but has not been given a place in reception. and has also been offered harris free school . problem is my son starts belmont castle nursey so ive got too be in two places at the same time
currently my daughter is in belmont castle nursey but has not been given a place in reception. and has also been offered harris free school . problem is my son starts belmont castle nursey so ive got too be in two places at the same time dnrslr
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11:21pm Wed 7 May 14

d_2da_ougle says...

dnrslr is your the same senario though have the boundrys of the catchment areas changed in between your first going to this school and your second, i think the story is bang out of order order of children going to the school should be honoured especially if they change the boundrys
dnrslr is your the same senario though have the boundrys of the catchment areas changed in between your first going to this school and your second, i think the story is bang out of order order of children going to the school should be honoured especially if they change the boundrys d_2da_ougle
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6:55am Thu 8 May 14

Dave_ says...

This is moronic. You have to wonder which level of idiocy allows this sort of thing to happen, surely commonsense has to come into play. OK I know this is local government and the terms are mutually exclusive. Some office workers mess around with lines on maps and create havoc.
Surely the school should be supporting the parents?
This is moronic. You have to wonder which level of idiocy allows this sort of thing to happen, surely commonsense has to come into play. OK I know this is local government and the terms are mutually exclusive. Some office workers mess around with lines on maps and create havoc. Surely the school should be supporting the parents? Dave_
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8:58am Thu 8 May 14

d_2da_ougle says...

the school im afraid dave dont have to do no such thing even know moraly i agree they should, the school would of been given guidelines to follow saying they get the kids in the catchment zone first thats even if the school get to pick that might already be done for them anything else as far as paperwork is concerned a person is just a number to people that follow rules
the school im afraid dave dont have to do no such thing even know moraly i agree they should, the school would of been given guidelines to follow saying they get the kids in the catchment zone first thats even if the school get to pick that might already be done for them anything else as far as paperwork is concerned a person is just a number to people that follow rules d_2da_ougle
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3:20pm Thu 8 May 14

rocket1 says...

if you are in the catchment for a good school your house will increase in value.
if you are in the catchment for a good school your house will increase in value. rocket1
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