MORE than 100 schoolchildren in Kirklees have not been able to get into the school they most wanted to go to.
The parents of 243 children of primary and secondary school age were unhappy about the school in which their child had been placed and lodged an appeal.
Of those appeals, 101 have been successful, but 142 children have still been placed at a school where their parents do not want them to go.
In Kirklees, 383 appeals were heard in 2008/09 and 159 were allowed. The year before, the figure was 305 appeals with 156 allowed.
The figures have been revealed after research by the Liberal Democrats nationally has shown that since 1999 nearly 490,000 parents have been unhappy about the school their child has been placed in and have lodged an appeal, with only a third being successful.
Liberal Democrat Shadow Schools Secretary David Laws said: “Every year, tens of thousands of parents are left disappointed because their child can’t get into the school of their choice.
“The problems are particularly bad in some parts of the country, because of rising pupil numbers. This is now creating a real crisis.
“These figures are a symptom of a system in which there are too many poorly performing schools, which parents are desperate to avoid.
“We need to raise the quality of all schools and put additional resources into those schools with the greatest challenges, with extra funding to reduce class sizes and tackle poor literacy and numeracy.”
Are you still in dispute with Kirklees Council over your child’s school allocation? Is your child being taught at home or been withdrawn from school because of a dispute with the authorities over their place allocation?
Contact education reporter Hazel Ettienne on 01484 437771 with your story.