Mum left in the dark over Bexhill school change

30/8/11- King Offa School, Bexhill. ENGSUS00120120703135542
30/8/11- King Offa School, Bexhill. ENGSUS00120120703135542

A mum discovered her four-year-old daughter’s school had been changed without her knowledge, just four days before she was due to start.

Back in March, Tara Gosset’s daughter was accepted at Ninfield Primary School, much to the delight of Tara who was living with relatives in the village at the time.

But over the summer Tara moved to School Place in Bexhill – virtually opposite Pebsham Primary School.

Tara enquired about spaces at Pebsham but was told the school was full and her daughter would be placed on a waiting list.

Tara said: “The line was she would start at Ninfield and when a place came up at Pebsham she would be moved on my say so.”

So Tara bought the Ninfield School uniform, attended a welcome event and waited for someone from the school to visit them at home as arranged.

Tara said: “I rang up on Monday (September 7) because the teachers were due to do a home visit, but they failed to turn up.

“And they told me she was not down to attend their school anymore.”

Tara then discovered local education authority East Sussex County Council had placed her daughter at King Offa – a school Tara had never applied for.

She said: “I do not want her to go to King Offa.

“I had got her into one school and arranged to get her to the other one when spaces became available.”

She said the education authority told her it had sent Tara a letter to inform her about the change, but she never received it.

Tara added: “Both the schools have been very helpful and tried their best to help us.

“I think Ninfield were just as baffled as we were.”

Luckily, a space became available at Pebsham yesterday (Thursday) and Tara’s daughter was able to start school yesterday afternoon.

A spokesman for East Sussex County Council said: “We have worked with the family and schools involved, and are happy that a resolution has been found.”

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