Mother ‘devastated’ after her daughter failed to get a place at the same primary school her three brothers attend

The Mail is reporting that a mother says she has been left ‘devastated’ after her daughter failed to get a place at the same primary school her three brothers attend…

Joanne Whitehouse, 44, had applied for her four-year-old daughter Alice to go to St John Fisher’s RC Primary School in Middleton near Rochdale as her only preference.

Her sons Joel, nine, Harri, seven, and Ollie, six, already attend the school and she believed there would be ‘no issue’ with her daughter gaining a place. 

But when the school allocations were revealed this morning she found out her youngest would have to go to a different school, which is a 20 minute walk from her other children’s…

The mother-of-eight, from Middleton, Greater Manchester, was told there were 82 applications for just 30 places at the school this year. 

She is planning to appeal Rochdale Council’s decision and says: ‘I can’t split myself in half and be at both schools at the same time…


See also: Siblings lose guarantee of school place at London authority


So as we report that Wandsworth Council has decided to drop the sibling rule – in a move expected to set a precedent for other local authorities – here we have a human story of the potential consequences. 

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  1. PinkElehant

    Ridiculous! Parents cannot be expected to be in 2 places at once. A school is a community and all children from a family should be placed together at the same school. Imagine parents evenings, school fairs, plays, assemblies etc. All these activities would involve parents splitting themselves in two.

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