Pupils Welcome School Decision

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Pupils Welcome School Decision


We posed the question: Would you let your 11-year-old child travel alone on four buses a day through Newcastle?

Our story highlighted how a group of parents were left with no choice after their children were refused entry to three secondary schools near their homes.

The 43 families who applied for their children to attend Kenton School, on Drayton Road, Newcastle, took their protest to the city council. Many faced travelling for up to three hours a day.

After appealing to powers-that-be, all 43 pupils have now been given places, but the parents are still concerned they will have the same problem with younger siblings.

We told how 11-year-old Danielle Manners, from Newbiggin Hall, was initially rejected from Kenton School and asked to travel to Benfield School instead, requiring two buses into school every day, and two on the return.

Ross Reynard, also aged 11 and of Newbiggin Hall, was rejected from Kenton School and offered Benfield Comprehensive, Walker Technology College or Westgate Community College.

Mum Janet Sidney, 31, who successfully appealed, said at the time: "There is no way I would have let him do that every day, especially because he only has one kidney and often needs medical attention."

The two youngsters obviously appreciated the article, writing in to reporter Sara Wallis: "Thank you very much for writing the article about Ross and I not getting a place into Kenton School.

"We are very grateful for all the effort you put into it and we think it did a lot of good because not we have been accepted in Kenton, thanks to you."

THIS week's E.coli outbreak in Chester-le-Street emphasised the danger an infection can bring.

The district's primary care trust acted quickly to warn the public about the symptoms.

Dr Keith Stephenson, from the division of microbiology at the University of Leeds, was following coverage on our website, icnewcastle. …

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