Family forced to move house for daughter’s school place

Milly McGrane with her mother Susan.
Milly McGrane with her mother Susan.

A mother says her family is having to move house in order to allow her daughter to get to her new secondary school.

Susan McGrane, from East Ardsley, applied for her daughter Milly to attend Outwood Grange Academy in Wakefield but was unsuccessful.

She appealed to Wakefield Council, which is responsible for the school admissions but this was rejected.

Now she has complained to the Government about that appeal hearing after claiming her concerns were not listened to.

She said: “Other Wakefield schools were suggested but these would mean a really long walk for Milly to get on a bus and I was not happy with that – especially in winter.”

She has now reapplied to go to St Thomas A Becket School in Wakefield but said this will mean a house move in order to be close to the bus route. Marium Haque, the council’s director for education and inclusion, said the appeal panel was independent and impartial.

She said if parents felt proper procedures had not been followed for academies they can refer these to Education Funding Agency.

She said this had happened in this case.