At the meeting this morning (which was excellent) we were advised to raise this issue with both the Parish Council : firstname.lastname@example.org
and Theresa May: email@example.com
FYI my letter to T. May:
Dear Ms May,
As a result of recent changes, the majority of children within The Cookhams will no longer be able to attend the catchment school, Furze Platt, for which the Cookham primary schools are feeders and this is the closest school. Previous evidence stated that 94% of people got their preferred schools and therefore why the change.
This is the only school within a 3 mile radius and therefore how on earth are working parents meant to get their children to other schools and keep jobs? In addition, all this will increase the carbon footprint and put our children at serious risk if they have to walk or cycle, especially in the winter months. (there are no direct buses to Cox Green or Altwood!!!)
Cllr Quick quoted that "the change was done to give equal opportunities to apply for single sex education and a religious foundations school". In effect since the council have not completed any modeling in actual fact it is now forcing families into single sex education and religious education, thus removing any choice.
I am sorry to be so blunt but when such irresponsible decisions are made I see benefit into governments cutting local authority jobs if this is the madness they create in their jobs. Why change the status quo, it was working. Furze Platt school in their response stated things should not change. Itís quite unbelievable that the trust we and you as our MP, put in these people that they can make such a huge and dreadful mess. Who is responsible?
I feel that the council have made a decision without adhering to the correct consultation process and have marketed this as a win for all without fully explaining to all parents the real consequences. They have not been open or honest and have no empathy at all for the emotional welfare of the children they are meant to be serving. This new admission/boundary policy needs to be overturned with immediate effect.
Cookham will always be the furthest location from ALL Maidenhead schools and therefore Cookham parents really have no choice, itís not even a lottery.
Please advise how this decision can be overturned and what you will do to ensure that going forward Cookham parents can send their children to the only reasonably placed school.