School fight mum wins latest round

PUBLISHED: 13:49 02 March 2007 | UPDATED: 22:37 28 May 2010

A WOMAN has won the right to a second appeal in her bid to get her teenage son into the secondary school of her choice. Mariee Parsons is waiting to receive the paperwork from Cambridgeshire County Council to apply for the hearing to try to get son Christ

A WOMAN has won the right to a second appeal in her bid to get her teenage son into the secondary school of her choice.

Mariee Parsons is waiting to receive the paperwork from Cambridgeshire County Council to apply for the hearing to try to get son Christopher, 13, into Neale-Wade Community College, in March.

She has been teaching Christopher at their Guyhirn home since moving to the Fens from Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, and had failed on a previous appeal to get a place.

But a letter to Ms Parsons from a Local Government Ombudsman told her she had been granted a second appeal - for a reason unexplained - but that the county council followed procedures correctly.

She had believed the county council failed to follow its policy correctly after losing her first appeal in November.

Ms Parsons said: "If they can guarantee that Christopher will have a place for Year 9 then I will be happy."

Christopher, a Year 8 student, is third on the waiting list to get into Neale-Wade, the catchment school for Guyhirn.

But five other students would have to leave Neale-Wade because the school is already oversubscribed in that year group - there are 302 Year 8 students on the books but the limit is set at 300.

Ms Parsons wants to send Christopher to Neale-Wade instead of the Queen's School, in Wisbech, because a Neale-Wade school bus stops outside her house in High Road, with a lot of empty seats on it.

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