Mum wins fight for place so brothers can go to same school
A MOTHER has won her fight to find a school place for her young son close to the one his brother attends.
Lisa Whelan, aged 34, was refused a primary school place for son Joe Burgoyne at Red Lane Primary School in Breightmet, which his eight-year-old brother Jack Williams attends.
She claimed her application was sent in on time, but instead she was offered a place at Tonge Moor Primary School — a 45-minute walk away.
Miss Whelan said she had no choice but to keep four-year-old Joe at home because she did not drive, and could not be in two places at once.
She appealed and was offered a place at Bolton St Catherine’s Academy, which Miss Whelan thought she had lost because the forms arrived too late.
After contacting The Bolton News, the local education authority said there was a still a place available for Joe at Bolton St Catherine’s, which is a 20-minute walk from Red Lane.
Now she is keeping her fingers crossed that his brother Jack will be able to join him soon.
Miss Whelan, who lives in Breightmet, said: “I took my sons to an open day at the Bolton St Catherine’s and they loved it. I didn’t tell Jack that I was thinking of moving him there, as I wanted to know what he thought of the school and he liked it.
“Some of Joe’s friends who were in the same position as him are also at Bolton St Catherine’s.
“The facilities are unbelievable; they are second to none, and I happy with everything.”
“I have sent in the application for Jack to go there and am just waiting to hear.”
Getting her sons in one school would mean Miss Whelan could pursue her ambition to go to university, which had been put on hold as she home-schooled Joe.
She added: “I really think all this happened because I sent in the school admission application by post.
“I would urge all parents to complete the application online.”
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