The flouting of Government guidelines on admissions ("Church turns on Blair school", TES, December 9) may well be a more familiar practice than we might expect.
When we were seeking a place for our five-year-old son at our village school, we were told at the conclusion of the interview with the headteacher that places were available. However, the follow-up letter was contrary to the head's words; no longer was a place available!
Clearly, the head was operating her own selection policy and was happy to take on children from outside the catchment area and refuse those with natural entitlement.
As a teacher with knowledge of the law and the LEA structure, I was able to contact the divisional education officer. A place immediately became available, within a shroud of embarrassment and backtracking. One can only wonder just how many parents do not know their rights within the law, or how to pursue their case.
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