Anger as primary cuts reception class places

Parents of children attending Owston Park Primary School's nursery are upset that they have not been given a place in reception. Pictured back l-r are parents Kate Brogan, of Carcroft, Michael Shaw, Skellow, Elaine Cropper, of Carcroft, and Gemma Carver, of Skellow, with children l-r Destiny Shaw, three, Harley-Jai Robinson, three, and Chloe Carver, four.  Picture: Liz Mockler D2175LM

Parents of children attending Owston Park Primary School's nursery are upset that they have not been given a place in reception. Pictured back l-r are parents Kate Brogan, of Carcroft, Michael Shaw, Skellow, Elaine Cropper, of Carcroft, and Gemma Carver, of Skellow, with children l-r Destiny Shaw, three, Harley-Jai Robinson, three, and Chloe Carver, four. Picture: Liz Mockler D2175LM

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ANGRY parents say they may be forced teach their children from home after discovering a primary school had slashed its reception places.

Parents whose children already attend nursery at Owston Park Primary, said they were stunned to learn their children had not got a place because building improvement works meant the school was reducing the number of reception places from 80 to 60.

Mums and dads have hit out at problems with the application process with some saying they completed the form online only to be told it had never been received.

Distraught Gemma Carver, 30, of Elm Road, Skellow, says she may now have to give up her job to provide four-year-old Chloe with an education from home following the announcement.

The mother-of-three, whose seven-year-old son Ciaran also attends the school in Lodge Road, Skellow, said: “I’ve been a full time mum for 13 years and stayed at home with my children.

“I have just got a job at a riding school that I absolutely love and now I may have to give that up because my daughter can’t get a place at school.

“Chloe used to come with me to take Ciaran to school and she used to get excited and say I will go this school too.

“Now she just keeps asking why she is not allowed to go to the same school as her brother, it doesn’t seem right.”

Doncaster Council said although the number of places had been reduced at the school the reception size at neighbouring Carcroft Primary in Owston Road, had been increased to make up for this.

Mrs Carver said: “I was so upset and really angry I have lived her all my life and parents from other parts of Doncaster have got places for their children, it’s not right.”

Chris Pratt, director of children and young people’s service said the council had not been made aware of any wide scale problems with the online application system.

He added: “Every parent is entitled to an independent appeal if they are unhappy and we will work with families to try and find a solution that everyone is happy with.”