Many children were offered a placement for September 2021 far
outside their choices or local area, in many cases forcing these
children to travel 2 buses away.
These children have already missed many months of school and contact with their friends over the past twelve months. The impact of the pandemic and a national lockdown has been huge. Their emotional resilience is at a low. Instead of being able to look forward to the next stage in their education, they are now having to contend with extreme disappointment and anxiety, as they have been offered places far from their homes and their local community.
The council’s data would have shown that there would be additional demand for secondary school places for September 2021. Children are not able to go on to attend a secondary school in an area they have grown up and where they are part of their local community. There is a ripple effect of this reduced intake which is negatively impacting on families in other catchments areas too.
We call on the Council to review the places available at Seaford
Head, Seahaven & PCS.
Children have suffered enough over the past year, the Council cannot champion the importance of young people’s mental health and well-being and then deprive this group of the opportunity to attend a local school for this next significant chapter of their lives.
This ePetition runs from 13/03/2021 to 24/04/2021.
65 people have signed this ePetition.