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Lack of school places

Madginford Park Infant Schoolby Anna White


More than 50 families from close-knit communities did not secure a place for their children at ANY of their school choices.

The affected parents, who are mainly from Grove Green and Bearsted, applied for spaces at the three nearest schools, all of which were heavily over subscribed.

Madginford Park Infant School, in Merton Road, had 90 available seats in its classrooms and 135 people listed it as their top choice. It was a second option for 114 hopefuls and third for 59 applicants.

St John’s Church of England Primary School, in Provender Way, Grove Green, received 41 first choice applications for its 30 spots, another 41 listed it as their second preference and 77 as their third. Cllr Gary Cooke

A total of 115 parents chose Thurnham Church of England Infant School, The Landway, Bearsted, as their favourite, 96 had their fingers crossed for second choice and 37 put it as their last selection.

Twenty-five families were turned away from Madginford, nine were not offered a spot at St John’s and 17 lost out on a space at Thurnham which can accommodate an intake of 90.

Gary Cooke, deputy cabinet member for education, learning and skills, said: “I appreciate how disappointed families who were not offered one of their preferred schools will be."

Are you one of those affected in Grove Green and Bearsted? Contact the newsroom on 01622 695 666 or email messengernews@thekmgroup.co.uk.

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