VOTE School places controversy

Kate Walker with her daughter, Jessica Slee
Kate Walker with her daughter, Jessica Slee

A MOTHER has been left baffled by a decision to grant her daughter a place at a primary school almost three miles from her home.

Kate Walker, who lives in Worthing town centre, hoped her daughter, Jessica Slee, 4, would get a place at one of the many schools near to her Stanhope Road home.

But instead, Jessica has been given a place at Durrington First School, which is 2.7 miles away and an hour door-to-door on a bus.

Kate, 38, said: “I hadn’t even looked around Durrington because it wasn’t even on our radar.

“There are seven or eight other schools that are closer to our house than this one, so I just couldn’t understand how we didn’t get one of those.”

A West Sussex County Council spokesman said he could not comment on individual cases until an appeal had been lodged.

To read Kate’s story see the Worthing Herald, out today (Thursday, April 14).

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