Connecting Crouch End and Hornsey with news, views and information
A story about a girl in Crouch End has been making news this week, as apparently Haringey has told her parents that there is not a place available for her in any primary school anywhere in Haringey. Obviously this is a distressing state of affairs - the little girl should have somewhere to go to school - education is compulsory - Haringey has an obligation as provider and the parents an obligations as parents.
One of the slightly surprising places for the story to appear is in the Gulf Times which reproduced the Evening Standard story. The Arabian Gulf interest arises out of the fact that the family has recently moved back from Dubai, far too late to comply with the application deadlines required to make this annual admissions process work smoothly.
I realize that this is an old story now; in fact it seems the parents have solved their problem by renting their house out and going to live in Buckinghamshire. It is true that there was an administrative failure regarding their application to Ashmount but this was checked out and the delay in passing it on made no difference. Even if it had been passed on at once there would have been no place at Ashmount, as Ashmount already filled by people, some from Haringey, who had applied in time, whereas they had, indeed, applied after the closing date. In the end they were offered a place at Alexandra Primary School, which they thought too far away.
It seems to me that anyone interested in this thread might be interested in this new one I just started.