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Southampton boy misses school place one block away

A YOUNG boy has told of his anger after being refused a place at a secondary school despite being a road away from his home.

Logan Reeves, 11, from Bitterne Park, has been left devastated after being denied a place at his first-choice secondary school just 400 yards from his home.

Logan, who is due to start in September, cannot attend Bitterne Park High because Southampton City Council has removed the school’s recruitment zone for September 2022 entries.

Logan, who is still desperate to attend Bitterne Park, said: “All my friends are in their secondary schools this week and I’m the only one without school.

“My best friends have schools and I’m afraid I don’t.

“Seeing my friends go to school this week and I’m still here makes me very sad, and the teachers know it. I only live across the road and am very worried about going to a school I don’t know or friends attend.

“I’m alone this week.”

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His father, Ash, 32, said the catchment change was poorly publicized and he did not know they had to apply.

He appealed the decision, but without success. Ash added: “We’ll have to take him to school every morning and pick him up every night.

“It takes us away from our commutes to work and will cause delays in our jobs. He also has no friends who attend this school and would have to take two types of transportation if he had to travel alone.”

The family lives in Woodmill Lane.

Logan was offered a place in Weston, more than three and a half kilometers away.

Bitterne Park High said its admissions policy is subject to consultation ending in January 2021.

A statement from the school said: “The local authority and governing body are fully confident that the published admissions arrangements and policies meet all legal requirements.

“If, through the oversubscription process, an applicant is not eligible for a place at one of their preferred schools, they will be offered a place at the school closest to their home with an available place.

“If a child has been denied a place in a preferred school due to overcrowding, they have the right to appeal independently. Appeals can be submitted via the Southampton City Council website.

A spokesperson for Southampton City Council said: ‘This policy also brings the school into line with all other secondary schools in the city.

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