East Harling parents told solutions being sought for primary school place issues

East Harling Primary School

East Harling Primary School - Credit: Archant

A group of parents whose children missed out on getting their first choice primary school have had the chance to question a county council admissions boss.

Richard Snowden, Norfolk County Council's head of schools admissions, was at the Harling Parish Annual meeting on Tuesday after five parents were told their children could not attend East Harling Primary School from September.

Amanda Yates, headteacher, and Ingrid Sykes, chair of governors, were also at the meeting.

The children have been given places at Great Hockham Primary School, despite all living within the East Harling boundary, due to the village's school being at capacity.

Mr Snowden said the situation was 'unfortunate' and said he was working with the school to try and find a solution.


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'We all want to see children going to their closest school, it makes total sense.

'But the law doesn't allow us to have more than 30 children in a class, and we already at capacity here.

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'We are considering all options to see if we can get a temporary extension arranged and have a positive outcome,' he said.

One parent said their child would be the first in four generations not to go to the school.

Others asked for funds to be redirected following the closure of Eccles, Hargham and Wilby Primary School last year.

Mr Snowden said that would not be possible as any expansion at East Harling would require a teacher, and that funding would come from a separate budget.

Governors are set to meet with the county council to discuss the matter today.

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