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No place at a Northampton primary school ‘within eyesight’ of family home

Alfie Jakeman has not been given a place at Lyncrest Primary School which he can see from his bedroom window

Alfie Jakeman has not been given a place at Lyncrest Primary School which he can see from his bedroom window

A mother said she found it “unbelievable” her son was not given a place at a Northampton primary school that is within sight of his own bedroom window.

Stacey Jakeman, of Malcolm Drive, St James, applied for a place for her son Alfie, aged four, at Lyncrest Primary School, which is only 30 yards from her home.

Mrs Jakeman was informed yesterday that Alfie had not been given a place at Lyncrest or at Hopping Hill or Duston Eldean Primary Schools, her second and third preferences.

After telephoning Lyncrest Primary School, Mrs Jakeman was told Alfie missed out on one of the 30 places because they were first allocated to siblings, pupils who lived closer to the school, and pupils who lived further away from their nearest alternative than he did.

Mrs Jakeman, who is appealing against the decision, said: “I did not even worry about him getting a place at Lyncrest because we live so close.

“I can’t believe there will be parents parking outside my house to take their children to the school and I won’t be 
able to walk over the road to the school with Alfie,” she added.

Northampton mum Tracy Scott has also launched an appeal against the admissions process after her daughter missed out on all three of her preferences because the email application failed to send properly.

Ms Scott said she sent her application, but then went back into it to check something. Due to the fact Ms Scott did not press “resubmit”, the county council did not process her application.

Figure released by the county council yesterday showed a total of 7,814 parents received their first choice primary school, but 282 were not given any of their preferences.

A total of 8,548 parents – 96.8 per cent – received one of their preferences.

 

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