The story so far -
We moved from Willand to my home town Bradninch in March 2015 (to be near my parents who are in poor health) after the 1st admissions round. We contacted the admissions team to explain we needed to make Bradninch Esmae's first school choice instead of second. We were advised we could do this via the second admissions round and 'it should be fine, there's places available' The results came back via email on the 11th May and she'd been denied a place. She was placed 3rd on the waiting list. I appealed their decision but was unsuccessful. Esmae had been beaten for now......
At this point we had already moved Esmae from Willand preschool to Bradninch preschool as advised and what felt like the most obvious thing to do. This was to encourage her to build friendships with the children she'd be going to school with - This proved to be a pointless and uneccessary upheaval for our 3 year old little girl.
It became a waiting game.
On November 25th I was emailed to confirm Esmae had finally got to the top of the waiting list, and we knew after the easter break a space would be available due to a child leaving reception class, Esmae was guaranteed a place right?........WRONG, in the meantime a family with a child of reception age moved to the town and just like that was given Esmae's school place. The child so happens to be the towns Mayors grandson.
No need for them to go through an admissions process, an appeal, sit on a waiting list for 11 months and then climb such waiting list and get to the top like we had to, oh no they just had to move to Bradninch, just like we had done 13 months before and was given the place.
There are only very few reasons this would happen and none are morally right, fair or make any sense. I was told by the senior admissions officer 'he didn't feel they'd done anything wrong' - Something I very much disagreed with.
I am 5 and a half months pregnant and suffering with Hyperemesis, working 25 hours a week, my husband has been diagnosed with heart failure and is off to Bristol for major heart surgery, he's currently working 60+ hours a week and Esmae has recently (2 days ago) been prescribed an inhaler for respiratory problems. Our current situation is stressful, tiring and unpredictable.
We need you to sign this petition to enable Esmae to be part of the town's community, to make her life more healthier walking to and from school rather than travelling by car twice a day, 5 days a week. To also enable us to walk Esmae to school, because the foreseeable future is looking bleak on the ability of either of her parents being able to drive her to a school 2 towns away.
Every child should be attending their local school, no exclusions should occur. No child should feel isolated in the town they live in.
We need to minimise cars outside the school gates, to encourage our children to walk to school, and to integrate with the peers they live near.