Sunderland mum misses out on place for daughter at all three primary schools she applied for

Stacey Watson with daughter Amelia Davies.
Stacey Watson with daughter Amelia Davies.
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A mum faces an anxious few months for her daughter after she failed to get into any of the three Sunderland primary schools she applied for.

Little Amelia Davies had hoped to get into either Northern Saints, in Red House; Town End Academy, in Town End Farm; or English Martyrs, in Marley Pots, when she starts reception class in September.

But the three-year-old’s loving mum Stacey Watson was left devastated when she discovered that she had not managed to get a place at any of the schools, which cover just four miles.

“I was quite shocked really,” said Stacey, 23. “I could understand her not getting a place at one of them but it’s the fact that she didn’t get into any of the three that has annoyed me the most.”

As reported in the Echo, some 91% of parents have been offered their first choice of school for their children, with Sunderland City Council bosses saying that just 82 applications – 2.7% – were offered none of their three choices.

Stacey, of Rochdale Road, Red House, is now appealing the decisions.

“All of Amelia’s friends have been given schools and it’s a shame she hasn’t got into Northern Saints because Red House Nursery, which she goes to now, is linked to the school,” added Stacey.

“All we can do is wait for the appeal to come back, but we don’t know what we are going to do if the decisions don’t get reversed.

“If it isn’t good news then we’ll have to look elsewhere. It’s not something I want to do but I might not have a choice.”

A council spokesman said: “The vast majority of parents and carers in Sunderland all get one of their first three preference schools, with most getting their first choice of school.

“It is very unfortunate that this has not been the case for Amelia.

“Information about the appeals process is set out within the notification letter.

“Parents and carers have a legal right of appeal to an independent appeals panel who will consider their individual reasons and make a decision on whether to uphold the appeal or not.”