Coventry & Warwickshire

Plea to put siblings in same schools in Warwickshire

More than 360 people have signed a petition calling on Warwickshire County Council to ensure children can go to the same school as their siblings.

The council's admissions policy does not prioritise requests for brothers and sisters to go to the same school if it is outside their catchment area.

The number of signatures collected were enough to spark a discussion at Thursday's cabinet meeting.

The council said many schools were oversubscribed.

Phil Hindle said it was "really challenging" to get his six-year-old son Sam ready to go to Coten End Primary School, in Warwick, each morning and then to take four-year-old son Rowan to Emscote Primary School.

He said: "They are very close as brothers and if they could go to school together they would be much happier."

'Never easy task'

The council said it had a poor response to a consultation it ran between September and January on school admissions.

Heather Timms, cabinet member for children's services, said trying to get all pupils in their first-choice schools was "never going to be an easy task".

She said, in September, 26 children starting reception class in the county had failed to get a space at the same school as a sibling.

Ms Timms said 6,200 children had joined reception class in September but the council was not expecting such large numbers of four-year-olds needing places this year. She added plans were also being looked at over a possible expansion of Coten End Primary School.

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