Large investment needed to deal with school admissions error (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Large investment needed to deal with school admissions error
Nearly a quarter of a million pounds will have to be invested in extra teachers after a mistake in a council admission brochure for primary schools.
The booklet, which advises parents on the application process, was found to be inconsistent in how it measured the distance between homes and school, a criteria for allocating places.
The mistake emerged when a parent successfully appealed against a decision and it was found that eight schools were affected.
Families were then offered places at their first choice school, which led to some schools having larger reception classes than permitted, requiring them to take on an extra teacher.
For example Greenleaf Primary school in Greenleaf Road, Walthamstow, was forced to take on four extra children and one additional teacher.
A council spokesman said: “On average we expect to allocate around £30,000 to each of the eight schools.
“This funding comes from the Government’s Dedicated Schools Grant to fund education in the borough and is not council-funded.
“Children who have moved from one school to another would have been funded from this same source.
“It is important to note that no child who should have been admitted has lost a place because of the error.”
The spokesman added that the error had no effect on 99 per cent of cases across the borough.
The council has not revealed how the error was made.
The other primary schools affected were:
Barclay Primary School in Canterbury Road, Leyton.
Coppermill Primary School in Edward Rpad, Walthamstow.
Edinburgh Primary School in Queens Road, Walthamstow.
Handsworth Primary School in Handsworth Avenue, Highams Park.
Henry Maynard Primary School in Maynard Road, Walthamstow.
Hillyfield Primary Academy in Higham Hill Road, Walthamstow.
Yardley Primary School in Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford.
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