Date: Fri 18 May 2018

No room at local schools for 4 year old Harry

The parents of 4 year old Harry Leeves have been left shocked and dismayed after hearing that their son can't attend a local infants school in September because they are all full.

Instead, Harry has been offered a place at a Caterham school, 7.5 kilometres from his home in Hurst Green.

Ian and Kim Leeves, who have both lived in Oxted all their lives, have been told by Surrey County Council that there's no room for Harry at Hurst Green infants which is just 1.07 kilometres from their home, St Peters Limpsfield (2.5 kms away), St Peters in Tandridge (3.2 kms) or Downs Way in Oxted (3.4 kms)

The letter said: 'I am sorry that it was not possible for your child to be offered a place at any of your preferred schools. This is because those schools had more applications than places available, and other applicants had a higher priority for a place under each school's published admissions criteria.'

Kim Leeves said: 'We can't believe this has happened. It's very stressful for Harry because his two closest friends have got in to Limpsfield. One of them lives in Barnfield Way but we live the other side of the new Meridian Square development and the pressure on school places means Harry can't get in to any of the nearby schools.'

The Leeves have approached OLRG's new Oxted South Tandridge District Councillor Lynn Mills for help to get the decision changed and have also met with Cameron McIntosh, the Surrey County Councillor for Oxted.

Councillor Mills said: 'I will do all I can to get this resolved so that Harry can attend a local school. I understand from the Leeves that because of the distance from home, Harry would be entitled to a taxi to Caterham every day paid for by Surrey County Council. This is not at all ideal for a 4 year old - as well as being a waste of taxpayers' money.'

Harry's story was covered in this report on BBC South East Today on 15 May 2018: