Waiting to hear whether you’ve been given your preferred choice of school can be a stressful time for parents and children.
However, it seems that Kent County Council’s policy of accepting more applications from outside the county is creating extra stress for families in Dartford.
Dartford’s successful secondary schools and the town’s close proximity to London can make an attractive alternative for parents living in the capital.
There were 2,299 applications for places in Kent’s schools this year from parents living outside the county and a third of those have been offered places.
Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Dartford, Simon Thomson, has been made aware of several cases where local families have missed out on all their preferred choices of local secondary school.
Simon Thomson says “the situation is absurd. KCC seems to be giving an increasing number of places in Dartford schools to families not living in Kent. And that means local schoolchildren in Dartford are missing out.”
“In one case, KCC are expecting a family to get their child to a school outside of Dartford, with the journey involving three different buses. That’s crazy.”
“I want to see KCC give priority for places in Dartford’s secondary schools to families living in Dartford. And I hope the county council will address these absurdities on appeal.”
“But there simply aren’t enough school places in Dartford, especially with all the development being planned for the area. Instead of being obsessed with opening more free schools, the government should be working with KCC to create more places at good schools in Dartford as a matter of priority.”
Simon Thomson can be contacted on 07941 679353 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Waiting to hear whether you’ve been given your preferred choice of school can be a stressful time for parents and children.However, it seems that Kent County Council’s policy of accepting more applications from outside the county is creating extra stress... Read more